September 3rd

And...ToT is Back!


Carole asked us to list 10 Books That Have Stayed With You Long After You've Read Them. So, in no particular order:

1. To Kill a Mocking Bird-Harper Lee ~ Harper Lee wrote a book that speaks to many people on many layers and it is a book I could read over and over again. If you haven't read it you should put it at the top of your TBR list.

2. Light in August-William Faulkner ~ This is a recent read and it is my first Faulkner. Detractors say the sentences in this book are overly long and that Faulkner is over the top descriptive, which can become boring to some. I found this book transported me to a time and place, that it set the characters in front of me almost as if I were watching a movie, and I was able to see the whole book in my minds eye. I felt the southern heat, I looked into the light of the landscape, and I felt wrapped up in the lives of each character.

3. Catcher in the Rye-JD Salinger ~ Holden Caulfield forced his way into my heart and he is another character I could see in my minds eye and feel his emotional state. It's been years since I read this book, but it has stayed with me.

4. Garden of Evening Mists-Twan Eng Tan ~ Tan writes of memory, forgetfulness, acceptance, and war, as Yun Ling, a Supreme Court judge in Malaysia reflects upon her life. The Garden plays a roll in the unfolding of her story. This was my favorite book of 2012 and, imo, it should have won the Booker Prize.

5. Love in the Time of Cholera-Gabriel Garcia Marquez ~ This is a book I've read a couple of times, because I enjoy the way Marquez weaves a story by using stories within the story and interconnecting them throughout. The colors and characters of Marquez's world came alive in this book.

6. Constellation of Vital Phenomena-Anthony Mara ~ Early last year I read this book and recommended it to anyone who would listen. This is a difficult story told about a group of people surviving in war-torn Chechnya. Despite years and years of war, their spirit of hope kept them going through the horrific circumstances. The story is heart-wrenching, but I couldn't put it down.

7. Painter of Silence-Georgia Harding ~ The story is merely sketched in, in the beginning, but as the story unfolds, it fills in like a full color painting. Locating a copy of this book is difficult, but I read it via Audible and the narration was perfect.

8. Why I Wake Early-Mary Oliver ~ As someone who wakes early and who loves the beauty of nature, Mary Oliver uses words in a way I can not.  At the beginning of the day I'll pick up this book and read one of the poems, as it is like saying a prayer to the day.  Mary's joy, and her glorifying in the beauty of each day, is contagious.

9. All the Light We Cannot See-Anthony Doerr ~ This is my favorite book this year (so far). The story moves back and forth between two characters, a young French girl and a young German boy, telling their separate stories as WWII unfolds. As the title suggests, it is full of darkness and light, readable characters, and a plot that unfolds beautifully.

10. Dandelion Wine-Ray Bradbury ~ This is not your normal Bradbury, as it isn't science fiction. The main character is a 12yo boy, who becomes aware he is alive during his summer of running free. The joys of summer in a small town are tempered with the realities of life. I've read it several times and would love to read this book at the beginning of every summer.

The books on this list are only a smattering of favorites and it's the list I could pull out of my head in a hurry (with the help of Goodreads). I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about my list or any of the books on it.

Please share one of your most memorable books in the comments. I'd love add more to my TBR list.


So many great books on your list - a couple already in my Goodreads queue and a couple that I will be adding. I totally agree on To Kill a Mockingbird and I would add The Red Tent.

Read Eng Tan's other book. Just as good.

What an excellent list! I haven't read To Kill a Mocking Bird since it was required in school. I think I'll give it a try again as I'm sure my experience will be much different this time.

Wonderful list! I agree with you about Garden of Evening of my favorite books ever!

Great list Margene! I love the sound of that Ray Bradbury book.

My extra-curricular reading has slowed to a snail's pace. Ebb and flow... some great books on your list, though, that I wouldn't mind adding to mine sometime!

I read (if you can call it that) To Kill a Mockingbird while in High School. My grandson had to read it last year in his English class. I think it is time for me to truly read and enjoy this book. It is on a lot of lists.

Super list! And you did such a great job describing the books. I love Dandelion Wine and have read it several times. Your picks were a good mix of read and unread for me as were Carole's. Time to read!

I picked up Dandelion Wine the last time I was at King's English. I wasn't in a reading headspace at the time, so although I'd enjoyed it as far as I'd read, it got put aside as the trip went on. I'll put it in the queue again for next spring/summer.

I was just thinking the other day that I haven't ever read The Catcher in the Rye. Perhaps this is a sign!

great list and I'll be writing down the recommendations, I've only read to kill a mockingbird. Off the top of my head: tell the wolves I'm home, the poisonwood bible, gosh....I know there's more!

My first serious boyfriend loved Marquez and since he was the first to break my heart, I avoided it and then forgot about it. Perhaps it's time to pick it up..

Wow - MANY here I've put on the must-read list. Thank you - I can never get enough of Good Books. These all seem like they should live on that Good Book List.

Looks like I need to read To Kill a Mockingbird. And All the Light We Cannot See is on my to read list.

I'd love to share goodreads. Mostly I maybe following your list, but every now and then I might have something good to add.

Yours are so classic! :D I did enjoy Dandelion Wine, way back when...

I did this on my tumblr a while ago, but with a lot less explanation and many fewer classics. :)

Garden of Evening Mists was one of my favorite books of 2014 (I know, I'm late to the party!) and your experience with Light in August put it on my radar - I've only read Faulkner's short stories. I think you might enjoy Moloka'i. And have you read Rules of Civility?

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