It seems nowadays that there is a “holiday” for everything. I use the term “holiday” loosely, because most of them are unofficial and, to be honest, quite silly. But National Book Lovers Day? Now that is a holiday I can get behind.
I have always loved to read. I remember one day, when I was about eleven or so, I told my mother that I thought I loved to read so much because I was trying so hard to be like Rory Gilmore, my heroine at the time (she still is, although I have issues with her in the later seasons; but that’s for another time). My mother simply responded that I always had an affinity for reading long before my interest in Gilmore Girls started. Indeed, I remember walking the park with a book in hand, trying to do my best Belle impersonation, when I was in the third grade. And the Scholastic book fairs were always my favorite events at school.
I’ve added many books to my shelves throughout the last few years, with special thanks to the wonderful used bookstores in San Diego. I still buy some new, especially if they’re part of a favorite series or written by a favorite author. Whether purchased new or used, I always treat each book as a special piece in my growing library because they are special to me. I love the smell, the feel, the sight of a book. I could never get behind the e-readers of today’s world, no matter how convenient they may be; I love the physical being of a book far too much to give it up.
So, in honor of National Book Lovers Day, I give you a list of the books I’ve loved most thus far in my life. They’ve given me comfort, knowledge, and an escape from reality when I needed it most. They all feel like old friends, as silly as that sounds, a feeling made even greater when they belong to a series (I always tend to fall for books that are part of a series. It’s my weakness). These books have helped through tough times, giving me hope and peace of mind when it seems impossible to find. I hope that every one of you is able to find that in life, too, whether through books or some other harmless outlet.
Without further ado, my favorites:
A Game of Thrones and series by George R. R. Martin
A Great and Terrible Beauty and series by Libba Bray
Audrey at Home by Luca Dotti
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Evermore and series by Alyson Noel
Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and series by J. K. Rowling
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and series by Stieg Larsson
The Help by Kathryn Stockard
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Pact by Jodi Picoult
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
Wild by Cheryl Strayed