*Note: Just pasting this over from Facebook because I don’t want to lose this list 🙂
Mel tagged me to list ten books that have touched me emotionally or stayed with me in some way. So here we go!
1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I don’t think I’ve related to a main character more than I have with Cath.
2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman: This book is just the best ever.
3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: I think this was the book that got me interested in telling stories with interesting time lines and structures. Besides that, it’s just so hauntingly beautiful.
4. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: A recent read for me but one of my favorites.
5. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray: I think this was the first book I read that made me think about feminism. This line has always stayed with me: Maybe girls need an island to find themselves. Maybe they need a place where no one is watching them so they can be who they really are.
6. Stardust by Neil Gaimen: Twisty and witty and wonderful, with a bittersweet ending that made me appreciate a book that made you sad and happy at once. (thanks, Les!)
7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: I think everyone has their one classic they adore and this is mine. But let’s talk about that ending because I have lots to say about it.
8. Peter Pan by JM Barrie: This book is so messed up.
9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: Thank you, 10th grade English.
10. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket: I’m picking this over Harry Potter for the series that defined my childhood. Partly because I actually read Harry Potter in 2008, so I was 13 already, while I read Unfortunate through grade school and waited anxiously for the final book (and wrote a fan letter to Lemony Snicket begging for more books! shh). As my love for Gaimen and Barrie shows, I love stories where objects aren’t just objects and there’s darker overtones cloaked with humor. And let’s not forget Violet, who was this cool inventor, wise older sister, and just embodied pretty much who I wanted to be.