My Favorite Books
I have a confession to make: I always get shy when people ask me what my favorite books are. I always feel like my answer will reveal so much about myself or I’ll forget to include a favorite book. Silly, you say? I know, I know. But, while I tend not to list books as favorites, I do keep a running lists of books that moved me for one reason or another. I’ll share four:
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCollough: I read this book while I was on my honeymoon in Moorea (a small island near Tahiti) in 2001. This was a mere three weeks before the tragic events of September 11th, a time when the world was a lot calmer. I’ll always remember the calmness I felt sitting on the porch of the little beach bungalow my husband and I shared, sipping French coffee, eating fresh pineapple and reading this beautiful book. It is packed with such emotion.
Quentins by Maeve Binchy: I love all of Maeve Binchy’s books, especially this one. She is the ultimate storyteller. And her characters feel like friends.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay: This book moved me so deeply that I had to set it down for a few days to “recover” emotionally before I could continue.
Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes: I read this book while working on my novel, The Violets of March. It’s the Pulitzer Prize winner from 1931, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I recommend it to everyone now. It’s a gem of a book that will have you thinking about the characters long after you finish.
Thank you for sharing your four, Sarah. I loved The Thorn Birds when I first read it, maybe it's time to revisit it... I haven't read any of the other three, but they're now on my list to grab when I get a break from my TBR pile. :)
Have you guys read these books?