Sometimes those Facebook posts that become never-ending tag chains can be a tad annoying, but they're hard not to love when they involve books! My friend Amanda Elizabeth shared 10 books that have stayed with her over the years and invited me to do the same.
So, in no particular order...
To Kill a Mockingbird: Because it was the first book that I loved so much that I read it over and over again.
Stargirl: Because it was the book that finally made me believe it was okay to be weird, therefore it was okay to be me.
Love in the Time of Cholera: Because this was the book that made me believe in love.
The Fountainhead: Because I SUFFERED through this incredibly long book and, in the end, I'm really glad I did.
The Time Traveler's Wife: Because I've never cried harder when reading a book. And I've never cried so hard yet loved every single tear that fell.
Moby Dick: Because I had forgotten how much I love classics until this book reminded me.
The Glass Castle: Because I'd been led to believe that only those who were born wealthy or extremely talented could ever be successful. Then I read this.
Everything Is Illuminated: Because not only is everything illuminated, everything in this book is quotable. I've never spent so much time underlining and swooning over the beauty of passages.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963: Because this book officially proved to me that my Alabama public education history classes were SEVERELY incompetent... Despite Birmingham being the center of the Civil Rights Movement, I only heard it spoken about in passing in my history classes. I'd never even heard of the 16th Street Church bombing until I read this book--at age 14. Pathetic, Alabama. Pathetic.
And last, but certainly not least...
A Partial History of Lost Causes: Because this book has a female protagonist whose motivations don't center on a romantic relationship and because this book captivated me in a way no other book has. In fact, I wrote a whole post about it.