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Today is National Book Lovers Day! Woot woot, shoutout to all of our bookworms 📖
Community members, what is your all-time favorite book and why? If you don't have one, feel free to share your favorite genre of books or a book that you are currently reading!
I’ll go first ✋
I love reading autobiographies, and recently just finished up Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. 10/10 recommend, it is hands down one of my all-time favorite autobiographies.
Fun topic! ✍️ My favorite book is The Shining by Stephen King. I also love Kubrick's movie but even more so, the made-for-TV miniseries because it's closer to the book. He's a brilliant author, and I love that we share the initials SEK!
I love suspenseful thrillers (not horror), and this is definitely one worth digging into! Living near The Stanley Hotel where King was inspired to write this novel is a bonus. I even have a 16x20 print of the black & white group photo of the "Overlook Hotel July 4th Ball 1921" that's seen at the end of the movie hanging on the wall over my desk with a brass ornament of the hotel below it. Fangirl much? You betcha!
I do have to say that The Stand is a much wordier read/listen. I'm currently listening to this audiobook, which is especially creepy on the coattails of the pandemic. ☠️
Any other Stephen King fans out there?
My favorite book ever is "The Color Of Water" by James McBride.
Some of my more recent favorites are:
Give it another shot, and if you still don't like it I've heard that "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev" by Dawnie Walton is similar (and better).
Listening is worse actually, because every time a new character speaks they have to introduce them by saying their name before their dialogue. You got this, there's about 10 characters (and some get more screen time than others) and you find ways to know them fairly quickly.
There's no way I can pick an absolute favorite book! Too many to count!
But, from what I've read in 2022 (so far), these stand out:
It's difficult to pick just one, but every year I re-read "A Day No Pigs Would Die" by Oliver Netwon Peck. I read it for the first time in sixth grade and the story has stuck with me ever since.
Other great reads:
- All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
- The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
- The Couple Next Door, by Shari Laperna
I don't think I have an all-time favorite *yet*, but here are a few fiction books I've read recently that I really enjoyed: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Sentence by Louise Eldrich, and A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne.
In a change of events, I'm currently reading a non-fiction book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Not even that far into it and already learning a lot!
I don't have a favorite book, but the book that has impacted my life most to date is On the Road by Jack Kerouac. It opened me up to a love of the open road and all of the possibilities that come with it when I was a very impressionable 18-year-old. Now, I love memoirs, and some of my favorites written in the last few years include Heavy, The Yellow House, Crying in H Mart, and Punch Me Up to the Gods.
Loving the inspiration on this thread! Hard to choose one... here are a few standouts than come to mind: