Here are mine:
I collect good storytellers. I like finding stories and analyzing whether it was the best version it could have been.
A Wrinkle in Time is that for me. A story of love, a story of family and a story of personalities. I loved it.
And, my copy is signed. Even better.
I went back and forth on this title. In my mind, it's kind of an odd title. But, it was also a first foray into scary fantasy.
I've read more books by Stephen King because this one was so well-written. There are parts in the book that are totally unbelievable in the movie (moving hedge animals) that are so believable in the book, it's...well, scary.
It is so well-written.
Stephen King is a phenomenal writer.
I don't love poetry, but I love Maya Angelou. She is lyrical, she speaks from the heart. She tugs at your heart.
Maya Angelou writes from her own life and tells her own painful story in such a connected way, it makes it hard to not feel human.
As far as I've read, she is the best at writing about humanity overcoming humanity.
I remember reading this book when I was 9.
It was the first book that showed me you could feel empathy and strong emotions through reading about a subject that I knew nothing about.
To me, it's timeless. I still feel strong emotions when I think about this book.
Dystopias are a favorite genre of mine. I read almost all of them - even ones that are on the edge of being defined as dystopias.
This was the first one that I read which married my own feminist viewpoints and a genre which I love. And, I found Margaret Atwood, a supremely talented multi-genre author.
This book is a must for any New Yorker. It's a whimsical picture book full of possibilities with illustrations by Maurice Sendak.
I love this book because it gives me a great shared experience with my daughter. She loves this book, I love this book and we can go to Times Square and see if Little Lori made it.
This is one of the only books I've read that speak to my own culture. Cultural experiences through reading are a little surreal, but also very engaging.
I read this book when I was in middle school and roughly the same age as Shabanu.
I loved reading about Shabanu, how she made very important choices in her life and became an adult. I loved that it gave me insight to my own culture.
And, I prefer books in paperback. Unless they are signed, then I'll take them in whatever form you want to give them to me.
What's on your ideal bookshelf?