Sunday, April 21, 2013

My Top Three Favorite Books

(Full disclosure, I typed that title accidentally the first time as My Top Three Favorite Drinks...that says so much about me)

Today, I'm doing a link-up over at I Believe In Story of my top three favorite books as a kick-off for our summer book club.  You might remember, one of my goals back in March was to read two books that month.  I failed, pathetically.  It was not cute.  I could feel all my English professors glaring at me through the tv I was watching instead of reading. Bad English major, bad.

So to help offset that, I joined up with this awesome group of bloggers for a book club and I can't wait!  To start it off, we're all linking up to talk about our top three favorite books to get to know each other a little better.  Here are mine!

One:  In Cold Blood

I remember reading this book in one of my first major courses and it had a huge affect on me.  I can't completely put my finger on what it is about this particular book, but I remember being blown away by how Capote got you, as the reader, to sympathize and even like one of the "bad guys" in this book.  It was the most complex character I had ever read; it made me look at characters in a different way.  I'm not explaining this right, but I just can't shake the influence reading this book had on how I look at writing.

Two:  Harry Potter (All)

I know this is a total cop-out, but I can't pick a favorite one...I can't!  I hadn't jumped on the HP bandwagon until Mike and I started dating.  He is a total HP lover and re-reads the books every single summer.  I hadn't ever been so sucked into a series before like I was with these books.  I've also never re-read a book before and I re-read these all the time.  There are few books where you get THIS invested in your characters.  I also, as cheesy as this sounds, love the lessons in these books...come on people, they're uplifting!  They're just so good, you have to be an HP nerd to understand...

Three:  The Joy Luck Club

I tend to be drawn towards books and movies that follow multiple story lines like this one does.  I love this book.  I also approve of the movie which is rare with me and movies made from books.  The themes in this book hit so many nerves, love, family, friendship, pain, war, etc.  I love every single character and love how flawed they all are.  I realized while writing this, part of what I love about this book is how affected everyone is by their own past which is something I definitely see in myself.  It's just beautifully written, can't say enough.



 

What are your top three favorite books?

14 comments:

  1. Welcome to the book swap! I hope you enjoy this experience as much as I do, staying engaged and participating in these link-ups will be a huge plus. Happy Reading! Blessings + Hugs

    Nicole @ Three 31 (co-host)
    http://nicoleandkevin.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thanks Nicole! I'm so excited to participate. I just read through everyone's posts on the link-up and I already have so many new books I can't wait to read!

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  2. I've heard from numerous people that The Joy Luck Club is a good pick. I recall when I was student teaching a lot of my students had to read it for their English class, though admittedly I've never read it myself. May give it a try!

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    1. It's really good! The only problem is, you get all the characters mixed up, but it's sooo worth reading.

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  3. We have 2/3 matching! Haha that's awesome! I absolutely loved The Joy Luck Club and have been wanting to read Capote's works. Thanks for sharing and welcome to the swap!

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    1. Thanks Kimberly! I love that pretty much everyone had HP on there! Nerds unite!

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  4. I really liked In Cold Blood (and the movie Capote is wonderful) and my heart belongs to HP. However, I had never even heard of The Joy Luck Club until this linkup - you and Kim from The Simplicity included it. I'll have to check it out!

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    1. Ohhh I might need to watch Capote. The Joy Luck Club is definitely worth it! Thanks for introducing me to this group!

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  5. I think I am going to have to ass The Joy Luck Club to my list!

    Thanks for joining the swap! :)

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  6. I quit In Cold Blood but may need to check it out again.
    The Joy Luck Club is definitely one of my favorites!

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  7. I have In Cold Blood on my top 3 also! I *LOVE* Capote's work and the fact that this is non-fiction just seals the deal for me. It's seems like it should be fiction since it's so grisly and gripping. I love your description of it.

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    1. Oh I know, it is so good, it's crazy that it's non-fiction. In that same vein, you should read The Devil In White City. It's non-fiction as well, but it's AMAZING.

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