Friday, June 11, 2010

Favorite Things Fridays #1

Marianne has graciously invited me to join in on Favorite Things Fridays, and I will happily accept!  Without further ado, here is my first contribution:

Finishing a Good Book

I don't think I've fully illustrated on this blog how much I love to read.  I taught myself to read when I was 3 and I've been going ever since.  When I was little, my mom would not allow me to read for a day, as a punishment.  (Not kidding.)  My favorite English professor pressured me into switching to an English major, until he found out I was going into special education (which he deemed "honorable").

I give this illustration to say, well, I really like books.  And there are few things as satisfying, as complete as finishing a good book.  It's truly bittersweet.  You're sad because the book is over, but it feels right.  It ended just the way it should have, and oh yes, it was good.  This feeling is made all the more special for how rare it is.  There are only a few books where I remember feeling this way - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and The Book Thief come to mind - because in my opinion, too many authors botch the ending, for reasons unknown.

Thinking of this lovely feeling makes me hungry for a new book!  Any recommendations?


  1. Um YES!! Here are some of my faves:

    The Poisonwood Bible (by... ? I loaned out my copy and the author escapes me)
    The Secret Life of Bees (by Sue Monk Kidd)
    Redeeming Love (by Francine Rivers)
    Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (by Gregory Maguire, the guy who wrote Wicked)
    The Other Boleyn Girl (by Philippa Gregory)
    Carpe Diem (by Autumn Cornwell, it's a "Y/A" book, but it has one of those really satisfying endings you described. I read as an adult, and it reminded me of the sort of book I WANTED to read when I was a teen. Plus based on author's actual experiences in SE Asia)
    Maniac Magee (by Jerry Spinelli, this is a kids book, but it totally holds up)

    Dear Charlotte-- please do a post on some of YOUR favorite books that you'd recommend?

  2. Thanks Beth! I have read Confessions and the Other Boleyn Girl... both good reads. What was interesting about Confessions was how different it was compared to Wicked. There's post fodder right there. :)

    And thanks for the suggestion - it's a great idea for a post. Expect one soon!

  3. I, too, love finishing a good book! Though as soon as I do, I usually am bummed it is over. Thank you for the post of book recommendations. I have a nice growing list for this summer and have added a few of your titles.

    I am so glad you joined in Favorite Things Fridays! I decided to make it a blog carnival of sorts, so I am hoping that you'll post today and leave your link on my post for today so that everyone who is participating can check each other out.

  4. I have started a Tree Grows in Brooklyn, only on chapter 3, but so far am enjoying it!