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Books of My Life

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Reading is good for everyone!

Diary of a Turtlehead had a great post about her favorite books inspired by Entertainment Weekly magazine. I love books and I love this idea, so I thought it would make a great post. Will you play along? Leave a link to your post in the comments if you do!  (Spelling corrected to fix those crazy Canadians' love for extra vowels.  Kidding!)

My favorite childhood books

The whole Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery, hands down. I read them first while visiting my older cousin in India when I was about 7, and kept re-reading them. The last time was just before T was born 4 years ago and they still hold up.  LOVE.

The book I enjoyed most in school

Another easy one - Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. It took until my senior year in high school to read an assigned book that I *actually* enjoyed, but I'm so glad it happened. I was beginning to think that good books were ruined by the compulsory nature of reading them for school. In college I found out that wasn't true when we read a whole slew of Jane Austen novels. (Shout out to Prof. Gilmartin and his "Gothic Novels" class!)

My favorite movie versions of great novels

No surprises here. The entire Harry Potter movie series was stunningly well-done and (mostly) true to what I'd imagined.  But a movie that really stuck with me, as did the book?  The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III.  Creepy and beautiful.

The classic I’m embarrassed to say I've never read

Given my love for personal productivity and time management books, I'm struggling with two of the top books in this genre: Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and Getting Things Done by David Allen. I just can't seem to get through either one, no matter how many times I start. It really shouldn't be that hard, right?

A book I consider greatly overrated

All of the books by William Faulkner I was forced to read in high school. As I Lay Dying is the only one I can remember. At 15, I wasn't ready to appreciate them and having spent so much time trying to understand them back then, I'm really not anxious to go back. I know it's great literature, but I. JUST. CAN'T.  Life is too short.

The last book that made me cry – and the last one that made me laugh

I wept great big ugly tears when reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 2 years ago. I read it because I was getting paid to review it, but was completely blindsided by how much I loved it. On a side note, I'm not so sure about a movie version.

Only 3 books in my life have ever made me cry - this one, The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller (give me a break, I was in high school!) and the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6). 

The last book that made me laugh out loud was also the last fiction book I read - Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. It is *so* Seattle. And icing on the cake was all of the (absolutely accurate) details about Microsoft culture. LOVED that book.

A book I wish I’d written

Any of the time management and productivity-related books by Laura Vanderkam, but specifically 168 Hours. That book changed my life, it's changed my friends' lives, and it is beautifully written in a genre that is usually dry and hard to get through (see Classics I'm Embarassed I Never Read, above). Her prose is lovely but not flowery, elegant, informative and easy to read. Jealous. And I don't even WANT to be a writer.

What I’m reading right now

Getting Things Done. Because I just won't give up, apparently. I love the system, and should just find a summary online because this is the fourth time I've tried to get through it, and yup, it's still painful. And the irony is not lost on me that I can't finish *this* particular title.

Now I'm ready to read yours!  Or hear why I'm wrong about the books I haven't been able to finish.  Speak up!

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