“A good book has no ending.”
So that contest I linked to in my previous post? I wasn’t one of the winners (talk about an amazing response, there were over 1000 entries!), but I did end up adding several new books to my summer reading list after going through the synopses and seeing what all the selections were about. And then, because novels on sale can be dangerous for someone who loves reading as much as I do, I ended up adding seven of them to my cart on Amazon. The plan was to narrow it down to three or four, but they all looked so good that I just couldn’t resist. Now I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of eight (thanks to Leah Stewart’s wonderful buy one/get one free deal) new worlds to delve into, eight books’ worth of new characters to get to know. I can’t wait to dive in! Hurry up, Amazon! :)
Would I have rather gone to the store and bought them in person? Sure. As ridiculous as this may sound, there’s just nothing like walking into a bookstore, browsing the shelves that are stocked full with exciting titles, and choosing the ones that jump out at you the most. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve positively adored going to the library or the nearest Barnes and Noble/Borders/other assorted bookstores and getting lost in the possibilities. There’s just something uniquely wonderful about leaving with a bag full of new books and new journeys to discover. I love creating those journeys as a writer and experiencing them as a reader. Books can be an escape, they can be a wonder, they can be a gift. Immersing yourself in that fictional world that seems like a vivid reality, getting to know the characters and following along with their lives and epiphanies, losing yourself in the message woven throughout the words … there’s just nothing like it. Like the quote says, a good book has no ending because it leaves you craving more, resounding well beyond its pages and staying with you for, hopefully, a long time.
So this has me wondering … what’s your favorite book? Why? Or, if it’s too difficult to choose just one (I honestly don’t think I can do it), are there any tried and true favorites that will always rank near the top of your list? Or any that are particularly memorable? I’d love to hear what they are!
Just a few of mine, in no particular order:
~ “Anna’s Boys” — Bill Pezza
~ “The One That I Want” — Allison Winn Scotch
~ “Baby Proof” and “Something Blue” — Emily Giffin
~ “Confessions of a Shopaholic” — Sophie Kinsella (the whole series, actually)
~ “Talking Back” — Andrea Mitchell
~ “Snow in August” — Pete Hamill
~ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” — Dr. Seuss
Okay, your turn! Favorite books?