I don’t know if i could ever do a list of “10 favorite books” because that list is constantly changing. However, recently on FB I’ve seen something along the lines of “10 book that have never left you” or something similar, and i can deal with that a lot better.
1. Emerald Windows by Terri Blackstock — I read this when i was in 7th grade. and I will probably never forget it because at the time i understood the main character, brook ,completely. even though at the time most of it was over my head. To a point, i still do. and it will always be a favorite book of mine.
2. The Prophet by Frank Peretti — For years i heard my dad rave about how much he loves this book. I’m a Peretti fan myself, but couldn’t find it. and when i got my hands on it i read it in two days, staying up all night to do so. it was totally worth it and i concur w/ my dad, fantastic book.
3. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth — i have only recently heard about them, but once i got into them i got into them. and I doubt they’ll ever leave. it’s what i think of as a beautiful story of finding yourself, redemption, sacrifice. and so much more. one of my favorite things though is that she avoided a love triangle. there totally could have been one, but she avoided it completely. it was refreshing.
4. The Fault in our Stars by John Green — I’ve heard people trash Hazel Grace and Augustus for being know it all’s. But that is why i love them so much. it feels like they have earned that right to be overly sarcastic. They’ve taken the time to get into things that normal teenagers wouldn’t get into. and it just made me fall harder. *My friends have heard me say this often, but if I could have an imaginary boyfriend as a boyfriend, i would want Augustus. Only in my version he wouldn’t die =) *
5. Paper Towns by John Green — While TFIOS will always occupy a space in my heart reserved for favorite characters, paper towns holds an equally special place reserved for favorite plot. Throughout the book, i kept finding myself amazed by the metaphors, and wondering “How. HOW does he a plot to revolve around a poem and metaphors?” (or that’s what it felt like to me). it’s so intricate, i didn’t really feel like i fully understood it. but that means rereading, and i’m up for that.
6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte — i had the pleasure of reading it for 18th-19th century British Lit. and i still can’t fathom how i didn’t read it before. i was pleasantly surprised to find that the writing style used was used back then. and it’s my favorite kind. the “first person i’ll take you through my entire thought process” and i loved it. i was slightly angered when she ran away from Rochester, and i didn’t touch the book for about a week. but i got over it and finished the thing, and fell in love.
7. Rizzoli and Isles Series by Tess Gerritsen — I found these via the tv show, of course. While i appreciate the tv show in all its glorious awesomeness, i do enjoy the books a little bit more. I enjoy her use of vocabulary and the way she is willing to just make you feel like you are there w/ the creepy. the way she describes autopsies w/ no problem. it’s right in my wheelhouse of what i enjoy. my mom read one of the books and FREAKED. and i’m like “more! i need MORE!”
8. The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker — for me, it started out like an episode similar to Criminal Minds. Only, i liked it better. wayyy better. and it just kept going until the end.
9. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder — She is one of those characters that i have always wanted to be. Not so much anymore, but when i was younger it seemed so simpler to live in those times.
10. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis — this will forever be one of my favorite fantasy series. I’ve always wanted to go there. i used to check my closet. (Hey – you never know!) and i guess having a little bit of hope that the impossible can happen always brings a smile.
Books that didn’t make my list (& why):
Hunger Games — I think that these books are fantastic. i do. i love them to shreds. i want my own Peeta. but ultimately, the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale got to be too much and hard to handle.
Harry Potter — I grew up not reading these books because i really wasn’t allowed to, even though i managed to get my hands on the books anyways. as much as i LOVE the books now and have a complete fascination with them, they have never really inspired me as much as they could have.
LOTR — in complete honesty i’ve never actually finished them. i have tried and tried. and one day i will. just not of yet.