Dude I got tagged in this forever ago by alyosius and I completely forgot to do it even though I was really excited to when it first happened so anyway better late than never
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
In no particular order (except for the first two)
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde. If it’s good enough to knock out the all-time favorite book I’ve had since I was five (which is coming next), you know it’s gotta be a good book. I read it on a whim - I’d downloaded this free book app thing on my iPad, saw that I couldn’t search for books and could only read the ones it had offered to me, and Dorian Gray was one of them. I chose it randomly and was hooked immediately. I bought myself a legitimate copy soon after for the heck of it, and though I’ve only read it three or four times, I love it more than most things in my life. The writing is so gorgeous, insightful, and hilarious, and when I’ve had to stop reading in order to clutch the book to my chest and whisper, “yes,” multiple times on a single page, you know that’s a good book. And a little creepy of me to do. But I love that book so gosh darn much and I want everyone in the world to read it.
2. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott. This one’s been my favorite since I was five. I don’t think I read the non-abridged version until I was ten, but regardless, this book carried me through most of my childhood and my life today. The relationship between the sisters is something I’ve wanted my whole life - obviously I was extremely close to my brother, but having that many people to look out for and care for each other, and their varying personalities, was a delight to me. I’ve always envied big families that are so tight-knit. The lessons they learn in the book were lessons taught to me in turn, and saying I didn’t worship everything Jo March was is like saying I have zero interest in smiling. She was my first literary hero, and she still is one of my main ones. Theodore Laurence was my first crush, too. (Well, him and Prince Eric)
3. Mudbound - Hillary Jordan. This book was sent to me by Hillary herself when her agency was considering my manuscript. But it’s stuck with me as one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s a thrilling narrative (with multiple narrators), and a compelling story with characters that develop so seamlessly, and I recommend it to everyone I know. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
4. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee. Do I even need to say it? This book is perfect. Completely, utterly, perfect.
5. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald. Speaking of perfect books. This one is another one with writing so beautiful I will have to stop reading it so I can hug it to my chest for a while.
6. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath. I read this book in high school and it took me on a journey. I was struggling with depression at the time, and while I don’t know if I could ever read this book again, I love it very dearly. My favorite thing about it was that in Plath’s writing, I never even noticed Esther’s descent into madness until I took a step back from the book and thought about it. She pulls you in with her and that’s a powerful ability for a writer to have. I aspire to it.
7. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte. I stayed up many nights reading this book and I love it so incredibly much.
8. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold. Though the book itself is fantastic, the story of how and when I read it is what stays with me. I’d borrowed it from a friend and sat down on the couch to read it, but after getting past just the first chapter where she is raped and murdered I was already overwhelmed. I decided to get on Facebook to take my mind off it, and then saw an overflow of postings about a female classmate of mine who had gone missing.
Naturally my mind jumped to the pages I had just read, and I was right. Days later, Chelsea King was found dead after being abducted and raped by a local man. The devastation that hit our community was monumental, and not something we’ll ever forget. It was hard for me to pick up that book again while all this was happening, but after she was found, I felt like I owed it to Chelsea to finish that book, to see what ending it had in store for me. I don’t know if I could ever read it again, but I’m glad I did.
9. Esperanza Rising - Pam Munoz-Ryan. I read this book probably in third grade, and was taken with the idea of a girl who overcomes a drastic life change and rises above. Esperanza goes from riches to squalor, immigrates to America, and while grieving her father grows up and learns how to take care of herself. There’s a part in the book where her father teaches her how to listen to the earth, and it’s something I’ve incorporated into my own life. It’s funny how this book came back to me - as I too lost the most important person to me and learned how to rise above it. I don’t know if I could have had the same mindset without Esperanza’s influence.
10. This is going to be really pretentious and snobby but Slipping Reality - Emily Beaver. It me. And it’s not so much that this is the greatest book ever written (it’s not oh god please don’t read it), but writing this book saved my life in every possible way. I wrote it six years ago, published it four years ago, and it continues to stick with me, and will always stick with me, as a story that was so important to me and so vital to my ability to survive. It represents a dream I’ve had since I was eight, and the ability of knowing that if I want something, I can make it happen for myself. I might struggle a lot with being proud of this book, particularly of its writing, but I am proud that I told my story, and all the amazing things I got to do because of it. So it’s a no brainer that Slipping Reality will stay with me forever.
Eh tagging people sounds hard but if you love books I nominate you please
if your faves aren’t here, i’ll be making more soon! if you have any requests, let me know!
ICED AMERICANO FOR THE ICED AMERICANO
red: 5 facts about my best friend
BUT WHICH ONE DO I CHOOSE I HAVE MANY okay i’m just gonna talk about you then yay
- things emily loves, in no particular order: bubbles, dandelions, disney things, photography, creative writing, ME, when the hot boy do the sing song, chris evans’ butt
- i hear her hair is insured for ten thousand dollars
- also she loves trains
- also children
- one time she stared at this guy’s butt for like a full thirty seconds as he walked away across memorial lawn and it was great (except for the part where i had to go to spanish afterward and not burst out laughing in the middle of class)
allie you know me so well it’s scary
also I have zero memory of fact number five but I am 100% sure that I would do something like that so thank you