These Are A Few of My Favorite Things: Books

I’m an English major. Of course I read.

Right now I’m in a sort of reading slump; or, in other words, I only have time to read the stuff assigned to me and quite often I get tired of it. A lot of it is very depressing. My Modern World Literature class is littered with embattled protagonists that often think of killing themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good thought-provoking classic, but sometimes I crave a little bit of the happy, sappy stuff that usually isn’t considered literary works of art.

I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite books of all time, or at least some books that  have stayed with me for one reason or another. Here we go:

The American Girl Series by Valerie Tripp and others

I can honestly say these books taught me more history than most of my teachers growing up; I was obsessed as a kid. I read all of the books and had eight of the dolls. Eight. And I loved and painstakingly took care of each and every one of them. There is no doubt that my future children with be familiar with the American Girls.

Horton Hatches An Egg by Dr. Seuss

“I said what I meant, I meant what I said. An elephant’s faithful 100 percent.” Best Dr. Seuss book ever. Horton taught me that sometimes there are lazy, ungrateful people in this world, but if you are true to your word and work as hard as you can, good things often come your way. Sometimes that means cute little elephants with wings.

Sum It Up by Pat Summit

One of the best autobiographies I ever read. Pat Summit, the legendary women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee, wrote this after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is one of the most heartbreaking, joyous, triumphant, tear-jerking autobiographies I have ever encountered. Read it.

Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Yes, that’s Lauren Graham as in Lorelei from Gilmore Girls Lauren Graham. That was the primary reason for buying the book, yet I was so pleasantly surprised to find out that Graham can write. Such a witty novel with a heroine we can all relate to. The dialogue is reminiscent of Gilmore Girls– long-winded but smart, you almost even have to read it fast in your head. I totally recommend it.

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The first classic I actually really loved. I read it sophomore year of high school for English class, and was just enthralled with the Christ-like Sydney Carton and the drama and the suspense. Never did the ultimate sacrifice seem so romantic.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Well, duh.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

I love this because it’s such a unique adaptation; Maguire reinvents a very adult, politically-aware Oz, and gives audiences a glimpse into the Wicked Witch’s side for once. I read this before I saw the musical (my absolute favorite) and it just solidified the love I have for misunderstood, Animal activist Elphaba.

And that, my friends, is just a very small list of my favorite books. These were the first to pop into my head. Don’t worry, there’s plenty more where that came from.

“I do believe that something magical can happen when you open a good book. {J.K. Rowling}

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