Day 7: Do you read? What are your favorite books?
Haha. Do I read. That's a silly question. One of my primary definitions of my self is a reader.
Favorite books is harder. I read a *ton*. And I'm hard to please. I've learned to give up on books within the first three chapters if it's not going to work for me because life is too short to waste on books I'll hate.
That being said, there are definitely books that I value, from different times in my life. I'm picking five from each period, and while not all of them are necessarily great, they affected or influenced me for one reason or another.
From my childhood: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green, The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
From my teenage years: Exodus by Leon Uris, The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny, Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, Birdy by William Wharton.
As a young adult: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Stand by Stephen King, Maus by Art Spiegelman, Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard.
From the last fifteen years: The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, The Vampire Queen's Servant by Joey W. Hill, The Griffin & Sabine Trilogy by Nick Bantock.
These lists could've been longer. Most definitely. Though I think it's very telling the titles that spring first to mind when I imagine each period of life. Each has shaped me, and frankly, I don't think would surprise anyone who knew me this intimately. Though maybe, only Craig would be privy to all of this information. :)