As an English teacher, I think I would be remiss if I did not share with you some of my favorite books; some of which I’ve read as recently as a few weeks ago. Others that have stuck with me since I was in elementary school. These are the books I recommend to my students. These are the books that have helped foster a love for reading that I hope to instill in them. These are the books that I keep coming back to over the years. The books that have dog-eared pages & writings in the margins. These are the books that are as much a part of me as my fingers & my toes. I think you get the idea! This might end of turning into a little series, because it will simply be too long if I put them all into one post. Anyway, here we go…!
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Written originally as a child’s novella, The Little Prince has so many lessons to teach us in its short, sweet story about a confused little Prince that is trying desperately to understand how adults work. I remember going to my English teacher, Mrs. Rogers, in the 9th grade & asking her for a book recommendation & her pulling this book off her shelf. As if reading my mind she said, “I know it looks little & childish, but there are some pretty big ideas in these few pages.” I took it home & read it in its entirety that night.
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
Another book that I read in high school. I didn’t know much about Sylvia Plath when I read this, but afterward I bought her journals & become slightly obsessed with her. This book is so painfully beautiful. I will always treasure it.
The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
This was one of the only books I can think of that had me crying by the end. I don’t typically get that involved in a plot, but I was hooked from the first page! The movie does not do this book justice in my opinion. Read it, but be prepared with a box of tissues!
Invisible Monsters, by Chuck Palahniuk
Oh my goodness. This book is ridiculous, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from Chuck! Its biting sarcasm & over-the-top plot about a super model who has been grotesquely disfigured in an accident will keep you on the edge of hysteria. Although it wasn’t my first Palahniuk book (that place of honor goes to Choke), it was the one that left the most lasting impression on me. I will always be an avid Palahniuk fan. He is not afraid to be weird & different & unapologetic.
Well, that’s all for now. Please tell me some of your favorite books! I am always look for recommendations!