I have always been a reader. I was the kid with a copy of Romeo and Juliet hidden behind my math book. I grew up with a mother who had a deep appreciation for the written word, and I followed right in her footsteps. (Seriously though, my mother is a book hoarder!)
In elementary school I would look forward to March all year long. Because… March is Reading Month! For at least one day in March we were allowed to wear pajamas to school (score!), and bring a blanket, and enough books to read for the day. We would have a day of nothing but reading. This was heaven for me. I am sure some students didn’t enjoy it, but it was the one day I would be allowed to escape, and be in my own book world. For those of you that have a love of reading, you are probably right with me in how wonderful this day was!
Now that the luxuries of elementary school are far behind me, I have my own reading days. But they are becoming few, and far between. What almost-college student has time to lay around and read all day?
So I have gotten creative. I read when I have time, which often doesn’t work out for me. I also am usually busy reading things that are assigned to me (always a snooze fest!) This is one of the reasons that I tend to read in spurts. When I have pockets of time, I read pockets of books.
So maybe you are a big reading fan (like me!), or maybe not so much. But I encourage all of you to make it your goal to read at least one book this month. Read at book that has been sitting on your nightstand for awhile, read a book recommended to you, choose a book from the following list, or go to GoodReads and do some book hunting. GoodReads is really one of my favorite resources to finding out about new books!
So I thought that I would share with you my top 10 most beloved books. Not all of you will fawn over them like I do, but you may surprise yourself by much time you spend reading.
- Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Catcher in the Rye is my favorite book of all time (with the exception of the Bible) I have never read a book that made such a big impact on me in my entire life. It literally blew me away, it changed me. It is almost beyond words of how it made me feel, but I can give you some background information.
JD Salinger wrote the first copy of Catcher before he was deployed in WWII, and he carried the pages that held Holden with him everywhere he went during the war. This explains why the book has dark overtones, and certainly has an element of sadness.
Personally I think that this book gives a voice to mental illness, and what it’s like to be mentally ill. Holden (the main character) spends time in a mental hospital, but he isn’t obvious about it. Salinger himself spent sometime in a psychiatric unit, and I think that the book really speaks to his experience.
But I digress…
You should read this book at least once in your life. It may not be your cup of tea, or you could end up loving it like I do!
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
This is another heavy book to read, and for real: reader digression advised! It’s a hard, and emotional read, but a necessary read. No to mention that it is marvelously written, and a gorgeous story.
The story takes place in Afghanistan. It deals with family, relationships, love, and loss. And if you like a good cry-your-eyes-out book, this one’s for you! The book was culturally enriching, and Hosseini’s writing is flawless!
3. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Another incredible read! The language in the book is so rich, ornate, and beautiful. Diamant is able to take a short portion of a bible reference, and turn it into a wonderful twisting and moving story.
It deals with biblical/ancient womanhood, family, love, rape, and birth/early midwives.
I cannot say enough good things about this book, it’s fabulous and you need it on your bookshelf!
4. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
Normally I am not too into reading memoirs, but this one was different. The Glass Castle made me feel deeply into what Walls was trying to convey. To me, it didn’t seem like she was telling her story to relish in herself. It was almost like the writing is breathing for itself; telling us it’s story. I felt honored to have read this book, and it’s certainly one you should pick up too.
Also… It’s a quick read if you only have limited time. I finished in about two days, and that was with interruptions. The writing is wonderful, and the story is moving. This one is a “March Must”
5. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
This series was a Scholastic Book Fair find. My mom picked it up for me because she thought it looked interesting, and I had it for more than a year before actually reading it. I think that it certainly targets a younger audience, however it is a clever, and charming series that I would highly recommend. It isn’t too philosophical, or deep but it is so addicting I found myself reading book after book.
The series has 5 main novels (the fifth titled “The Crown” won’t be released until May 2016) telling the story of America Singer, and later her daughter Eadlyn. However, there are 4 companion novella’s that go along with the story as well as a book of “bonus features.” I promise you that once you get started with these books, it will become an obsession.
6. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
My Mom read me this book when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old, and I have clung to it. It’s wonderful, and it’s timeless.
I really can’t say enough good things about it, so basically read the book. It will speak for itself.
(I really enjoy the film version of this book as well)
7. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I just recently finished this book, and I must say that it was spectacular! It was a book that I chose to read slowly, I felt as if I needed to take my time to absorb each and every word.
It was heart-wrenching, and deeply profound at the same time. This book is centered around what it mean to lose. Something that everyone can relate with on some level.
Definitely add this to the read pile on your night stand!
8. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
Okay… so yeah, this is technecally a children’s book; but it book is simply lovely. I have read many of Kate DiCamillo’s books, and all them are the more ornates, simply beautiful stories. She writes the most unique children’s stories, and I think her book are one of the reasons I so enjoy literature.
Despereaux is a mouse, with extraordinarily large ears. It sounds silly, but I don’t think that a book about a mouse could be more profound.
The illustrations in this book are breath-taking too.
9. Of Mice and Men by John Stienbeck
This book was a “forced read” I guess you could call it, it was assigned reading in my english 11 class. However, I throughally enjoyed this book. It’s a quick read, and definatley a classic. Even if Of Mice and Men isn’t something you are that interested in, you should try it out.
Of Mice and Men delivers.
10. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Never has a book stuck with for as long as Anne of Green Gables has. The character of Anne is beautiful. She is funny, charming, awkward, tragic, and theatrical.
My Mom read me this book as a little girl, and growing up I pretended to be Anne in my play time.
Anne of Green Gables is timeless and touching. If you read through Anne of Green Gables you may also be interested to know there is a continuing series made up of 7 addtional books.
So there you have it!
Your March 2016 reading challenge. Read any book, you fancy I just wanted to give you my top ten most beloved books.
So read on my compadres!
and have a very-merry March!