There is one thing I’ve noticed about this challenge. So far, all these questions are fairly hard to answer. I love to read, always have. And I have lots of “go to” books when I can’t find anything else to read.
So instead of just talking about one book, I will make a list of my favorites from several different categories:
1. Pet Semetary-Stephen King (Horror): I LOVE this book. I haven’t really read too many Stephen King books, but even if I had, I still think this one would be my favorite. It’s gruesome and eerie and weird. But, hey, what Stephen King novel isn’t?
2. The Pilot’s Wife – Anita Shreve (Novel): I will be honest, any Anita Shreve book is worth your while. This one is probably her most famous book currently, and probably not even her best one, but it is still my favorite. She has the uncanny ability to make you feel like the person in the book. There were several times that I had to put this book down and take a break because it was starting to take a toll on me emotionally. Shreve has written a book from the perspective of an 11 yr old girl, calledLight on Snow. Most people would write it as an adult trying to write the perspective of a child, but amazingly Shreve makes you believe a child is telling the story. The lack of knowledge, the naivety, the simple thought processes really sell it. If you get the chance, you should definitely pick up a book by Anita Shreve. (http://www.anitashreve.com/)
3. Dangerous Angels – Francesca Lia Block (Teen): I am only listing this book under “teen” because that is the section it is usually found in. I really wouldn’t list it as a teen book because the themes within it are so adult. Dangerous Angels is actually a 5 book compelation. The first beingWeetzie Bat. I discovered Francesca Lia Block and her amazing stories when I was in high school. I bought and read every single book I could find that she has written. She writes in such a dreamy way that it’s almost hard to believe the books take place in Los Angeles. (http://www.francescaliablock.com/)
4. Scar Tissue – Anthony Kiedis (biography): If you are a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers, then this is a must read. I love RHCP and this book is such an open passageway to not only the childhood and life of Anthony Kiedis, but also a look into how the band came to be. I will warn you, although some of content may not be surprising, some of it will be and you will see the music a lot differently and maybe even appreciate it more.
5. Mice and Men – John Steinbeck (classic): I don’t really read a whole lot of novels UNLESS they are classic. Mice and Men is my favorite classic novel because sometimes I need a quick read to rid my mind of silly drivel. There is so much emotion in it. I wish I could explain more my it’s my favorite, but I can’t. It just is. Read it and you will understand.