Monday, August 27, 2012

5 Favorite Things

Reading has always been a passion of mine. I've loved to read since I was a child and I'm so happy that it's something that has always stuck with me. I can get lost in a book for hours, days even. One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the library with my Grandmother (she is the best!) and after reading books, we would watch the movie. It instilled something in me, because I still do the same thing now. The books are always better than the movies (except in the case of Dexter, those books are garbage) because there's so much depth and emotion that can't always be expressed in film.

So I thought, and thought, and thought, about what my top 5 books are. It was so incredibly difficult, and I'm sure as soon as I hit publish I will have missed one which is why I've included a few honorable mentions now and will maybe have to add some more. So here are the books that I can read over and over again and find a different way to laugh, cry, or relate to the characters.

Little Women
Even though I had seen the movie a 100 times, I still felt all of the love, anxiety, anger, and anticipation for each sister.

The Princess Bride 
The movie has been a favorite of mine since childhood, I can't believe I hadn't read the book until a few years ago. William Goldman wrote both the book and the screenplay, so they're nearly the same, but the book has more insight into Inigo Montoya and Fezzik. It's also hilarious in some other extra details. 

The Help 
I couldn't put this book down! When it came out, it had been so long since I had read a book I couldn't put down. It's an incredible story of such amazing women.

To Kill a Mockingbird 
I didn't read this until after college and was so mad it was never required in my classes to read in junior high or high school (how it was skipped over, I'll never know or understand) because then I could have enjoyed it several times over.

The entire Harry Potter collection 
One of my favorite collections of all time. I love all of the characters, the stories, the excitement, and the journey. It took me years before I read these books, but it kind of work in my favor because I didn't have to wait years for the next one to come out. I'm still sad the series is over.

 Now for honorable mentions:

The Glass Castle and Half Broke Horses 
These are both based of Jeannette Walls life and family and are such incredible stories.

The Other Boleyn Girl 
For one, I love time period books, and the fact that this is based around true events (it's very fictional though, don't be confused) among royalty and two sisters, it's all up my alley. The book is so much better than the movie, I seriously hated Anne, ugh, she was so mean.

My Sister's Keeper 
This is really the only book I've cared for from Jodi Picoult and the first one I've read of hers. The story kept me engaged the entire time.

A Thousand Splendid Suns 
I couldn't put this book down. How women are forced to live in other countries is appalling and this story of these two women who have come together over such trials is incredible.

Again, I know I must be leaving some out, but these are my top favorite books.
What are some of yours?
Have you read any of these? What did you think?
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