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Some say that picking a favorite book is like picking a favorite child.  I’m lucky because I only have one biological child.  And I can’t pick one single favorite book either.  The following is a list of my favorite books, in no particular order, somewhat separated by genre and with a brief description of why they made the list:

  • Stephen KingThe Stand   As mentioned in my “About” section, I stumbled upon The Stand when I was 11 or 12.  The unabridged version.  I was fascinated with the cover art.  And the fact that it was the first paperback book in my parent’s collection that was over 1000 pages.  I had no problem with the reading at all.  I didn’t understand some of the subject matter, namely the sex and drug use, but I have reread it many times since and can now proudly proclaim that I understand everything.  This book is one of my favorites because I had never really thought about the end of the world before reading this book.  It captured my attention in so many ways: through the way the world ended, through the division of the survivors into good and evil, how society was starting to  rebuild, and the idea of the Walking Dude.  I often think of this book and its characters. Parts of the miniseries were actually filmed in my hometown, and of course I have seen it.  Many, many times.  M-O-O-N, that spells movie.  And sounds like Patrick Starr from Spongebob.
  • Stephen King11/22/63.  He did it again!! This book totally sucked me in.  This was one of the rare instances where I paid full price for a kindle book.  I had to just to see how King would do a historical event.  He did not disappoint.  It is another long read, and I’m not entirely sure that I agree with his conclusions, but I love his ideas on time travel.  It is a fantastic book, very well researched, keeps the reader engaged right up until the end.  I will probably reread it a few times.
  • James McPhersonBattle Cry of Freedom.  My first era of history that I fell in love with in high school was the U.S. Civil War.  This is the book that truly helped me understand it.   I believe that this genre is one of the most written about in American history.  Some of the books are extremely dry and can bore you to tears.  This is not one of them.  This book is beautifully written in a way that the novice Civil War buff can understand.  McPherson also has a book on the battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) which is often called the turning point of the war.  This one is also phenomenally written.  I would recommend these books to someone just beginning to understand the war.
  • Suzanne Collins — The Hunger Games Trilogy.  Yes, I am one of those.  I usually don’t follow teeny bopper trends.  But some of my adult friends were starting to talk about this series, and it was available for free through the smiley box lending library.  I figured “wth, its free” (funny, I read a lot of good books this way).  And I was gone.  I purchased the remainder of the series after reading half of the first book that night.  I finished all three within four days.  I loved the first person narrative that is featured throughout the series.  Regardless of the time setting or situation, it seems that all teenage angst is the same involving family and boys.  Only Katniss was literally fighting for her life.  And of course I love the dystopian future setting.  I would love if the author would write more about how the country arrived at the condition it was in at the time of the first book.  And I have seen the movie.  As much as I loved seeing it on the big screen, I do feel that the book was better, due to first person narrative issue that was not carried over.  I did like the added elements however, that weren’t in the book.
  • Laura Hillenbrand — Unbroken:  A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  This was one of the first books I downloaded on to my kindle.  I think it was recommended to me by someone at work.  I was going through one of my WWII tangents and the synopsis seemed too unreal to be true.  Every single high school student should read this book so they understand what has been given up in their name so that they have the freedoms they take for granted.  Louie Zamperini proves no matter what the situation, it can always get worse.  Also, almost anything can be forgiven.
  • Brian Weiss M.DMany Lives, Many Masters.  Regardless of what you believe about souls, reincarnation or the afterlife, this is a good read.  I have had many experiences in my own life (hello! hospice nurse) and have heard anecdotal evidence from others that have led me to believe in reincarnation.  This was the first book that I came across in the “new age” genre that didn’t seem too “out there” and actually written by someone who didn’t live in a commune.  I have since gone on to other books by other authors (Journey of Souls by Michael Newton) and although my personal beliefs aren’t entirely out of their works, they have definitely helped to clarify them.

I will probably add to this list as I remember books I have read.  But right now, this is my list.  Anyone want to share theirs?

–AA

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