In honor of St Valentine’s Day today, I am sharing one of the deepest expressions of love that I have experienced: that of a juicy book recommendation.
Book recommendations are a personal thing. When I make a recommendation it is out of what I know about both the person and the book whose lives I seek to combine. It is a personal and sometimes rare thing for me to enjoy a book and know for whom it was intended. I do not tend to approach friends and family with a book that everyone should read.
How have people shown me such love? I am lucky to have a life full of readers.
Below I have listed who has recommended what books to me in my life:
My mother: Harry Potter, She’s Come Undone, The Secret Life of Bees, Prodigal Summer, The Mermaid Chair, Jewel, The Time Seekers, Jan Karon’s Mitford Series, The Quilter’s Apprentice, Lonesome Dove, the Girl in the Glass, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, Ahab’s Wife
The First Crush: Siddhartha (we were seriously like 10 years old here)
The College Boyfriend: Dune, The Count of Monte Cristo, Firelord, The Lord of the Rings, Song of Ice and Fire series
The Girl Best Friend: The Eyre Affair, A Discovery of Witches, the Witching Savannah Series, The Boys in the Boat, The Rook, The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club, My Name is Asher Lev
My father: Anything that has won an Edgar, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Life of Pi, Dubliners, Middlemarch, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Maniac Magee, Tuck Everlasting, The Lion’s Paw, The Whipping Boy, The Fountainhead (currently I am trying to get him to finish The Beautiful Ruins but he does not like one part and has been figuring out if he really should just skip the slow part)
My High School Librarian: Ragtime, Billy Bathgate, The Book of Daniel
The Community Librarian: Outlander, Victoria Thompson’s gaslight cozy mysteries
My sister: Anything by Wayne Dyer, The Girl on the Train
The Boy Best Friend: Dracula, The Martian. Excuse the paucity of his list because he has been swamped in graduate school for the last seven years or so and I don’t want to read anything from that time period of his life save from his own book, which comes out at the end of this month.
Husband likes Nathaniel Hawthorne but after The Scarlet Letter I told him not in a million years. I don’t know what I am going to do about the spouse recommended book category for the reading challenges.
A Coworker: Atlas Shrugged. Seriously. She said that after this one seventy page diatribe that I could just skip over, it is an enjoyable read. NO ONE has ever told me to read Atlas Shrugged before she did. In fact, people have told me that it is more like an uphill climb in knee deep mud with a football team strapped to your back. And that people only read Ayn Rand to look smart when they really aren’t. Sorry, Ms. Rand.
I hope everyone is feeling the love today in their favorite way to do so.
Any recommendations for me? Comments and shares are the best way to show love!