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Stars

The stars used to look down on a dark worldReflecting into eyes raptly gazing up

Till slowly they fell

Nestled themselves into lamp posts and night lights

Until our eyes forgot how to look up
I would trade all the stars on valley floors

To see the stars again

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Book Lists | Favorite Books

Book List Favorite Books

 

I don’t know about you but I feel like you can tell a lot about a person by what their favorite books are. Mostly because I feel like my favorite books are my best friends. When you find people who love the same books that you do, it’s an instant friendship! These are the books that I come back to over and over again, although narrowing it down to 10 books was REALLY hard.

Favorite Book List |My Favorites

I’ll be spotlighting these books in the next couple months!

I also created a Blank printable if you want to write down your top ten favorite books. I love lists, and book lists are basically my favorite.

I’d love to hear what your favorite books are! Let me know in the comments 🙂 

If you’re interested in buying any of the books listed above I’ve linked them below.

These are affiliate links which means that if you purchase these books through the links below, I will receive compensation. It does not change the price of the product for you! Thanks for supporting my love of books, notebooks and pens.

By the way, if you have a thing about covers (which I do), not all of these are my favorite covers. Particularly The Two Princesses of Bamarre and Once Upon a Marigold.

A Ring of Endless Light
The Two Princesses of Bamarre
The Little Prince
Peter Pan
Once Upon a Marigold
Matched
The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition
When You Reach Me (Yearling Newbery)
The Host

 

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Book of the Month | The End of Your Life Book Club

Book of The Month March 2017-3

 

I found The End of Your Life Book Club quite by accident. I was searching for another book on the Overdrive app and this one came up. It looked interesting, so I thought I would give it a shot. After all, a book about reading books that’s also a true story? Right up my alley.

This is not a spoiler, because you know right from the start, but the book is about a son and his mother, who is dying of cancer and how they accidentally start a book club together.

As I started reading it, I decided to write down every book they mention. Three pages later I found the list at the end.

This book brought up so many different feelings and memories that I’m not sure that I can quite capture how it affected me. I started reading this book at the beginning of March, but it captured me so completely that I was almost positive that it would be the one I featured this month.

I loved how in this book, the idea that books affect us throughout our lives is woven in. The stories that they read become part of his own narrative, inextricably connected to what he was thinking and feeling as he went through this journey with his mother. Its  how I feel about books. I read certain books at different times of the year because they are linked to those experiences. Reading books like Hunger Games, and Matched will always remind me of when I was caught in my own love triangle (it was a terrible and perfect time to read these books). Reading The Three Musketeers will always remind me of graduating college and how it was the last book I read before I walked for graduation. The last book I read in my college house. It always reminds me of the date that I went on with a boy named Sam to see the play and how he told me that he never re-reads books because there are too many books in the world to ever re-read anything. How it broke my heart that he didn’t know the joy of returning to the old friends and memories that can be found in the ink of books.

Being deeply religious myself, I loved this quote.

“I love how Brooks shows that every great religion shares a love of books, of reading, of knowledge. The individual books may be different, but reverence for books is what we all have in common.”

I felt connected to the author and wanting to start some kind of book club of my own. In fact, not long after reading this book I decided that my husband and I should have a little book club of our own… we still need to choose a book though.

It was a fantastic read. I highly recommend it. It was authentic and touching without shattering me.

It added books to my never-ending “to read list”. Of the hundreds of books mentioned, these are the ones that caught my interest:

Crossing to Safety By Wallace Stegner

Daily Strength for Daily Needs By Mary Wilder Tileston

People of the Book by Karen Connelly

The Uncommon Reader By Alan Bennet

I’ll end with this quote,

Freedom can still depend on ink, just as it always has.”

 

How do the books you read get woven into your life? Have you read this book? What did you think?