Friday, January 6, 2012

When a Good Book Hangs On

Post by Kerrie
After months of coaxing by my daughter Laney (who is the scheduled blogger for today, but is recovering from a snowboarding fall where she banged up her knee pretty good), I finally read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Now, just like Laney, I am looking forward to the movie (You can see the trailer on her post From the Page to the Screen).

I started reading the book on Wednesday, stayed up until midnight last night and then finished reading it this morning. I haven't done that with a book for a long time. It hooked me from the beginning and held me tight until the end. And you could say it still has a hold on me because the world and characters Collins created are still hanging around in my head--and I am ok with that.

I love it when an author creates a story that is so good that I can't put the book down and it consumes my mind. Over the years there have been other books that I have become lost in and those are the ones that stick me. Growing up, the Little House on the Prairie books, The Chronicles of Narnia, Tuck Everlasting and a Taste of Blackberries made a huge impact on me. As I got older, I remember To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders and the Grapes of Wrath.

Looking back over the past 20 years, I have read a lot of fiction books; some good, some bad, some mediocre and as I sit here thinking back, there are a handful that rise to the top and remain on that permanent bookshelf in my brain:
  • The Harry Potter Series
  • Jurassic Park
  • Snow Falling on the Cedars
  • Red Glass
  • The Celestine Prophecy
  • Secret Life of Bees
  • Water For Elephants
I know there are few more, but these are the ones that popped up first. These are the books I am grateful to the authors for creating and glad I took the time to enjoy them. 

What books have captivated you over the years and earned a spot on your permanent bookshelf?



Name: Luana Krause said...

Great question!

Ordinary People, Roots, Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Chronicles of Narnia, everything by Stephen King, The Devil Wears Prada.

Name: Luana Krause said...

Oh, I almost forgot: Anne of Green Gables.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Aw, so many it's hard to pick. These popped into my head -- Wind in the Willows, Heidi, Girl of the Limberlost, Gone With the Wind, Murder on the Orient Express...

Dean K Miller said...

Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah, and several other Richard Bach books, Harvey Pennicks "Little Red Book" on golf, and the subsequent 4 follow ons, all "Conversation with God books", and many more.

Kerrie said...

Thanks for sharing your favorite books Luana, Pat and Dean. Ladies, I have to fess up, I never read Gone With the Wind. Maybe I should give it a try.

Dean, I knew your favorite book, and your other choices don't surprise me. When you are ready to re-read Conversations with God, try the audio book. It is very well done. It goes back and forth between a man and woman's voice for God. Both are good, but Ed Asner as a voice of God is pretty incredible.

Linda Osmundson said...

Kerrie, you haven't finished the story. Now you have to read the other two books in the series, "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay." My granddaughters urged me to read the books and even loaned them to me.

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