A History of Book Loves

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.” -The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky,

Hey readers! I wrote a guest post for a lovely blog, Rivera Runs Through It. I met the author, Nicole, through a Twitter writing chat I participate in, #ufchat (Urban Fantasy). I followed her blog and found the posts about Book Loves, and took to chance to reminisce about my own first book love, Where the Red Fern Grows.

Please check out that post and leave a comment!

Here are some other book loves I’ve had:

  • Anything by Roald Dahl. I discovered his short stories recently, too, and have thoroughly enjoyed them. They are straightforward and pack a bit of punch.

  • The Harry Potter series. These books saw me through the most awkward decade of my life, known as adolescence. My devotion to these books was fiercely nerdy and often comical, with frequent visits to a favorite HP forum, roleplaying a Yule Ball with online friends, and a spat of Harry Potter fanfiction featuring Lily and James Potter (that probably still exists somewhere on the web).

  • The Song of the Lioness Quartet & The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce. I love her handling of heroines, who are tough, smart, and three-dimensional. Plus, fantasy and magic and stuff!

  • The Redwall Books. Because all I’d ever wanted when I was eleven was a series of books about talking rodents who live peacefully in an abbey, eating loads of delicious food and facing off against the regular insurgence of baddies.

  • The Lord of the Rings series was read aloud to our family on road trips, or for at-home entertainment. I loved The Hobbit‘s sheer adventurism, and  for some reason was fascinated by The Fellowship of the Ring‘s little-known Tom Bombadil (I even wrote a song about him to the tune of The Beatles’ “Hey Buffalo Bill”).

  • Anne Frank’s Diary – mostly because I felt very, very cool to share a birthday with her (JUNE 12, REPRESENT).

  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. It was heartbreaking, whimsical, and beautiful — and remains a favorite to this day.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird, which is one of those rare books that everyone can agree is amazing.

  • Catcher in the Rye for perfectly capturing both the heartbreaking angst and apathetic humor of being young and disillusioned. Also Franny & Zooey and A Perfect Day for Bananafish.

  • Perks of Being a Wallflower. It had a haunting, intimate, on-the-inside-of-life feel. I still think about the quote that is highlighted in this post’s image: “And I swear, in that moment, we were infinite.” Doesn’t every young person feel that way at some point?

Have you had any book loves in your life that stand out?

5 thoughts on “A History of Book Loves

  1. The Confederacy of Dunces – I’ve read it several times – every so many years and it still makes me laugh. I’ve also read several of your favorites. Good stuff.

    • I also enjoyed the Lovely Bones! I like that ultimately the story was more about her family and their love for each other, and her, rather than the horrible thing that happened to her.

  2. The very heart of your writing while appiareng reasonable at first, did not settle perfectly with me after some time. Somewhere throughout the sentences you actually managed to make me a believer but only for a while. I still have a problem with your leaps in logic and one might do well to help fill in those breaks. In the event that you can accomplish that, I will undoubtedly end up being fascinated.

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