Friday, October 18, 2013

My Top Favorite Book Picks

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I'm an avid book reader.  And by book, I mean the kind in print that you hold and flip pages.  I still haven't (and not sure I will) joined the e-reader club.  Several books have grasped my attention and have been worth reading, but a few have raised the bar.  This is a list of my all-time favorite books:

This is the only book of the series I've read.  Although this book is a sequel, it stands alone on its own.  The dialogue was easy to follow and the characters were relatable.

The main character, Jessilyn, is in the throes of finding out what it is to be a woman and yet she still exhibits childlike behavior.  It was interesting to read how her demeanor and behavior started one way in the book and gradually changed in the end.

I like to read and can get lost in a good book, but few move me to tears.  I actually shed a few during one particular moment in this book.  Mr. Poe is who I mourned for, and admired for his faith and courage.

My mother gifted me this book when I was a pre-teen.  As a kid who had a bookshelf lined with books, this is the one I'd always go back to.  It's a book on expressions of feelings and how you should behave, with accompanying Bible verses that tell how you should respond to certain feelings and behaviors.

This book follows two Laotong who are paired together by a matchmaker.  They are meant to be "old sames" based on identical traits and sets of circumstances.  It follows the two as they grow through the years and write a secret language to each other on a fan.  This book is terrifically written in such a way that it makes me feel like I could personally know each character.  Even more interesting than the bond between the two Laotong was what I learned about Chinese Hunan culture.  Foot binding, matchmaking, wedding rituals and other traditions were explained in such detail.  The movie based on the book stayed pretty consistent with detail; however, I felt the book was more interesting and more in depth with character development and Chinese Hunan culture.  

This may be considered a banned book but I consider it a classic.  Mark Twain was a writer's genius and this book is wrote in such a way that I was immersed in the storyline.  This book portrays the inner workings of an uneducated boy as he goes on an adventure along the Mississippi River.  It also illustrates the bond between an unlikely pair and the flaws of society.   If you look beyond the language, you will find depth inside this story.

Based on a true story, The Girl Next Door tells of two girls who are sent to their aunt's house to live.  The aunt, for whatever reason, loathes these two girls and puts them through inhumane abuse and torture.  What's worse, other children are enlisted to abuse these two girls.  Reading what they go through is horrific and graphic, and you don't have a heart if you aren't in shock.  I was haunted for several days after reading this book and I shed several tears.  I think what gripped me so much about this story is that its based on true events and it's hard for me to fathom that anyone would have to go through this kind of abuse.  Unfortunately, it can and does happen.  Reading this will make you want to keep your eyes and ears open, and be an advocate for those who can't help themselves.

I'd never heard of True Blood or Sookie Stackhouse until my sister introduced me.  From then on, I've been hooked.  My husband and I watched the first season of HBO's True Blood one Christmas Eve while the children were away.  Each and every episode!  We got up long enough to go potty and that was it.  I knew as soon as I watched the first season I had to get my hands on the books that the series was based on.

Charlaine Harris has written several Sookie Stackhouse books.  Each one is filled with a mixture of humor and suspense.  All other vampire books pale in comparison.  

Sookie Stackhouse is the main character with an unusual ability to read people's minds.  This doesn't work well for her, until she meets the perfect man who just so happens to be a vampire.  Sookie soon learns that her "disability" isn't the only problem she'll face in life.  

I must say I'm an equal when it comes to the HBO series and the book series.  They're both phenomenally written.  I have learned though, to avoid confusion, that I must read the books when I'm not watching the TV series because not all characters or plots are the same.

Now that I've given you insight on my favorite books, what are some of yours?  Do you still like to read books in print or do you prefer an e-reader?


Anonymous said...

Loved the Cottonwood Whispers, I've read the series and it's one of my favorites! Denise Hildreth Jones THE FIRST GARDENER is another fave.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

I'm definitely a lover of books (We just got a new used bookstore in Rockford. Squeee!) and am always on the lookout for new reads.

Although I'm with you on the ereader front. I'm probably not going to invest in one myself because I'm an old fashion kinda girl when it comes to feeling my book while reading!

I don't have a particular favorite book but I do have favorite authors which include James Rollins, Carla Neggers, Nora Roberts, and Han Nolan.

Michelle said...

Aww I love how Today I feel like a warm fuzzy's cover is so 70/80's!! Anytime I see font like that it just brings me right back! I love how all your picks are so different! It's cool to have such a broad range in what you read :)