I'm a school psychologist, mom, lesbian, bibliophile, coffee addict who has a bit of a propensity to write lists and who enjoys commenting on the crazy and the wonderful in the world.
I love so many things about books. Recently, I’ve returned to reading almost exclusively on paper. It just suits me better. The smell, the feel of the pages, the weight of the book in my hand, the satisfying slam shut when the last word has been read. Don’t even get me started on how much I enjoy when the book I’ve been waiting on for weeks on end has suddenly come available at my local library. It’s like I’ve won the lottery. I know, it’s a bit dorky. I also find that my kindle tends to keep me up well past when I’m done reading. I stayed up until midnight one evening reading The Girl on the Train (suspense!) and then I found I couldn’t fall asleep until well past 2:30am.
My recent forays into midnight reading (yes, I do have a job that requires me to be awake and alert at 6am) have me hungering to return to old favorites. What books have you returned to again and again? What authors call you back for more, when in spite of knowing the ending you find yourself diving back in once more to immerse yourself in that familiar world.
1. Most anything of John Steinbeck, but certainly Cannery Row. The opening paragraph of this work is the most beautiful, simple, and true prose I’ve read.
2. Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. I love his quirky plots and unconventional characters, they remind me that different is good and interesting in the world.
3. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. When I was a little girl I must have read this book at least 3 times a year. I hid from many an adult argument between these pages.
4. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Irving is most always epic, but I feel like this novel in particular manages to span time while also speaking so directly to the specific moments in our life that define so much of who we become.
5. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien was one of the first books that I read that truly transported me to another place, another time. I have read this books as an early adolescent, in my 20s, and in my 30s. Somehow, I love it more each time I pick it up.
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