Sticky: Booking Through Thursday

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I saw this over at Shelley’s, and thought it sounded like a great question for all of you:

“This can be a quick one. Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you’ve read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.”

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Ok, I’m going to follow directions and do this off the top of my head.  My answers today are probably different from the answers I would have given yesterday or the ones I would give tomorrow!  Some of these books are from my childhood, some I read years ago and some just recently. They are not equal in quality but all had a major impact on me in one way or another.  

So, my 15 “sticky” books, in no particular order are:

The Secret Garden

Angela’s Ashes

Little Women

Molokai

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

I Was Amelia Earhart

The Kite Runner

Ethan Fromme

We Need to Talk About Kevin

The Lovely Bones

Speak

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The Joy Luck Club

Johnny Got His Gun

Into Thin Air

How many of my “sticky” books have you read?  

What books have stuck with you over the years?

Introductions: Booking Through Thursday


May I Introduce…. January 10, 2008

Filed under: WordPress — –Deb @ 1:05 am 

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  1. How did you come across your favorite author(s)? Recommended by a friend? Stumbled across at a bookstore? A book given to you as a gift?
  2. Was it love at first sight? Or did the love affair evolve over a long acquaintance?


I don’t have one favorite author.  I have favorite books, but even then I haven’t been compelled to run out and read everything those authors have written.  Favorite books have come to me in a myriad of ways, but most often from recommendations from friends and family.  
 
My mother gave me her Louisa May Alcott collection to read when I was a child.  I was hooked.  Later, there was the former co-worker who turned me on to Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries.  There was the ex-boyfriend who was a huge Dean Koontz fan.  And there’s Oprah and her love of Maya Angelou. Well, Oprah’s not a personal friend (I wish), but she does visit my house via the television on a regular basis.  I also read reviews at amazon.com and bookmovement.com for inspiration and have discovered books that way. 
 
A beautiful, interesting cover sometimes translates into a beautiful, interesting read, but not always.  I have been dazzled by covers and displays in bookstores many times, only to be disappointed (What?  You can’t judge a book by it’s cover?  Shocking!).  
 
I’ve found some new favorites on the many book blogs I visit, too. Some of these book bloggers read so much, I don’t know when they have time to sleep or wash their hair. They must be speed readers!  
 
For me, the most reliable path to a favorite book, and consequently a favorite author, tends to be the passionate, personal recommendation. There’s nothing better than a recommendation from a person who adores the book they’ve just read and wants to spread the word.