Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Books I'll Always Remember

There's a meme going around about what books will you always remember and why. I love seeing what books matter to people and I thought I'd share some of mine. Here are ten books I'll never forget:

Ramona Quimby Age 8
This is the first book I checked out of the library by myself! I was in kindergarten. It was the first chapter book I ever read. I thought every chapter was a story because they had titles! At first I read them out of order, based on which one sounded most interesting, but then I figured it out. (Also cool, the grandmother's last name was Kemp!)

Bridge to Terabithia
And thus began my love for sad books where people die.

Inexplicably, this audio book was one that they played over the loudspeakers when we went to bed at school camp. Nothing like being 10, far from home in the middle of the woods, and listening to the story of a little girl who dies alone in the woods!

Tuck Everlasting
And thus began my love for sad books about immortal people who wish they could die.

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
I think I read this book around 20 times between 4th and 6th grade.

A Wrinkle In Time
Thus began my love for all things time travel, sci-fi, and fantasy.

Pet Semetary
The first truly scary book I read. I was 12 and I made the mistake of reading it one night when I was home alone.

The Stand
It was over 1000 pages! And awesome.

Interview With A Vampire
The first truly dark and emotionally complex book I ever read. And of course the beginning of my love for vampires!

All The Pretty Horses
I loved John Grady Cole so much that I didn't want to read the next book because I couldn't bear to see him go through the changes I knew would come and turn him into a grizzled cowboy. Plus, it was the book that taught me there are no rules when it comes to writing a book. Want to write would of instead of would've? Hate commas? Go for it!

The Time Traveler's Wife
Did I mention that time travel is one of my favorite things in the world? Plus, sad books where true love faces inevitable doom? This book will break my heart forever.

What about you? What are some books that you'll remember forever?


  1. Excellent picks!!! Tuck Everlasting was one of the best required readings.

  2. I agree, great picks! I fell in love with vampires with Anne Rice's second book in the series: Lestat.

  3. Louie was my first vampire crush too.

  4. My first favorite chapter book as a kid was How to Eat Fried Worms. My teacher, Mrs. Jenkins, read it with such enthusiasm a non-reader (me) fell in love. I haven't stopped reading since. That was sixteen years ago ;)

  5. OMG I read all the Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume books when I was a kid they will always have a place in my heart.

    Anne Rice- Queen of Gothic Vampire Books- I found Interview with a Vampire at a yard sale when I was 10 or 11 and have been hooked on vampires ever since. After reading that I read every Rice book I could get my hands on.

  6. Heck yes for Ramona! My absolute favorite books of all time.

  7. The Shining, Flowers in the Attic, Clan of the Cave Bear, The Graveyard Book, Escape to the Mushroom Planet...
    LOVED all those when I was growing up. Oh, and the Choose Your own Adventure Books!

  8. Nicole, I loved How To Eat Fried Worms! I completely forgot about that one!

    Roxanne, I think Anne Rice's vampires are a universal fave, lol!

    Vamps and Tofu, GREAT pics!


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