New Worlds.

“A good book has no ending.”
~R.D. Cumming

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?


8 thoughts on “New Worlds.

  1. Weird that you posted this, because I JUST spent two hours at Borders, lol! I agree- so love going in there and finding all kinds of books! I ended up picking up “True Colors” by Kristin Hannah and “Up The Down Staircase”. Both were on sale, both on my “to read” list!

    Favorite books
    -The Help
    -One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
    -The Graduate
    -Joy Luck Club
    -The Bean Trees
    -Lovely Bones
    -Firefly Lane
    -Cupcake Brown
    -Hole In Our Gospel

    • How funny of a coincidence is that?!? We must be on the same wavelength! I always say that there’s just nothing like going into a bookstore knowing that you get to leave with new worlds to explore – the only tough thing is narrowing down the choices! I just looked up both of the ones that you bought, and they look SO good! “Up the Down Staircase” in particular seems both intriguing and inspiring. You’ll have to let me know how they are!

      I’m so excited by your favorites because there are so many on it that I haven’t read yet. I’ve heard such great things about a lot of them (especially The Help – I think everyone I know who’s read that has raved about it), so these are definitely getting added to my “to be read” list. Whoohoo!!

  2. Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth. Hands down, my favorite novel.

    Other favorites:
    -Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
    -Passing, by Nella Larsen
    -Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    -Double Indemnity, by James M. Cain
    -The Giver, by Lois Lowry
    -The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
    -The Last Noel, by Michael Malone

    And hey. I’m going to send you a PM on LJ in a little bit. ;)

    • Now, how did I know that your favorite novel would be one by Edith? ;-)

      Ah, your list is taking me back to my AP English days from high school! My huge end-of-the-year research paper was analyzing themes in Pride and Prejudice and Emma, so they’ll always be special to me. I still have my original copies, all highlighted and filled with my notes. We studied The Bell Jar in class, too. I remember it well. There are a few on your list that I haven’t read yet, so I’ll be keeping them in mind.

      Messaged you back!

  3. I used to LOVE going to the bookstore with my Dad when I was young. He would read everything, and I loved the smell of new books, and the feel of the crisp clean pages. But I’ve only just had the experience of being able to read anything I want, as technology advances and allows me to do so.

    (Favorite Books, titles or authors names may not be spelled properly)

    The help (Kathrynn Stockhead)
    The Color Purple (alice Walker)
    To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
    The Shack (William P. Young)
    It (Stephen King)
    The Stand (Stephen King)
    Outlander minus first couple of chapters (Diana Gabaldon)
    Music of Dolphins (Karen Hesse) (may not be all-time favorite, but she writes a fascinating perspective for the main character)
    Watership Down
    A Place in the Woods (Helen Hoover)
    House of Thirty Cats (Mary Calhoun) (childhood favorite)
    Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White)

    • Jena! Your comment makes me smile, because I know EXACTLY what you mean about that brand new, fresh book smell and those crisp, clean pages. I know so many people are all about the Kindle and other e-readers these days, but I don’t think anything can take the place (at least for me, as a reader) of holding that new book in my hands. That said, though, I think these technological advances are both incredible and inspiring, and I am SO glad that they’ve given you the freedom to read whatever you want.

      Charlotte’s Web! Such a classic! Okay, so between you and Megan, that’s two recommendations for “The Help” just in this post alone. I’m on my way to look up its synopsis right after I finish writing this! I love the diversity of your list and how it shows what a devoted reader you are. I’m looking forward to reading some of your favorites! :)

    • Yes, and it quickly became one of my absolute favorites! There’s just something about it that really stuck with me long after I finished reading … such a sense of reaching out and grabbing your life by the reins. I definitely recommend it! :)

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