love it friday — favorite books

krista's favorite titles

krista’s favorite titles

I am a bookworm and have been ever since I learned how to read. My all-time favorite activity is to sit on the beach and get lost in a good book.

I will always hold Harry Potter at # 1 (I’m still waiting for my letter via owl), and  I love a good “beach read” (one I can rip through in about a day). However, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of finishing a book and knowing that it’s changed you.

I’ll admit, I’ve cried more than once at simply the satisfaction of a fabulous ending…one that leaves me wanting more, but one that makes me feel like I’ve learned something, that my soul has been fed, and that I have a more complete view of the world, of myself, and of the human experience.

I can’t imagine the number of books I’ve read over the years, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but here’s a rough top fifteen (that started as a top ten), in no particular order. I’ve included three descriptors or phrases for each one — there’s something on this list for everyone!

  1. Freedom, Jonathan Franzen
    • complex, intelligent, modern
  2. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
    • storytelling, historic, self-discovery
  3. A Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Melissa Bank
    • coming of age, honest, heartfelt
  4. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
    • historic, healing, beautiful
  5. Beloved, Toni Morrison
    • poetic, haunting, unforgettable
  6. The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls
    • grit, hardship, lovely
  7. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, Chelsea Handler
    • laugh out loud funny, brutally honest, silly
  8. The River Why, David James Duncan
    • sustainability, revelation, romanticism
  9. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    • the only movie adaptation that soothes me to sleep, funny, inspiring
  10. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
    • epic,  classic, romantic
  11. The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter
    • post-modern fairytales, gripping, empowering
  12. One Day, David Nicholls
    • funny, romantic, witty
  13. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
    • stark, poignant, stirring
  14. Magical Thinking, Augusten Burroughs
    • sarcastic, empathetic, engaging
  15. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
    • bizarre, imaginative, inspiring

Don’t let the bore of assigned reading and work overload keep you from expanding your mind in a book! Then again, thank you to many of my English teachers who assigned some of my favorite books.

Taylor and I have found that a great way to make sure you’re always reading is to create a book group. It sounds silly, but it’s a great excuse to read something new and get together with friends for food and wine.

 

cheers krista

brass blossom

 

 

One comment

  1. So jealous of your book club! You have a few of my old favorites on here, and a few I’m going to have to find — “Magical Thinking” and “The Bloody Chamber” to start with. Thanks for sharing!

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