My earliest memory of being able to read is from when I was about four years old. And I recall reading a book called 3 in 1: A Picture of God. It was this green book with an apple on the cover and it was about God as 3 persons. And I remember reading it; like actually turning the pages and reading the words. I think The Giving Tree was close behind as my next read, and I don’t think I’ve stopped reading since.
As a kid, I read Beverly Cleary books. But the Ramona series was everything. I would read all the books, then start over. And then when I finished, I’d read them all again. There was just something about Ramona that I connected with. Maybe it was how she longed to have hair like Susan with the boing-boing curls; maybe it was because of her sister with whom she didn’t get along; maybe because she had the most patient and wonderful mom, like my own. But Ramona Quimby ignited a reading flame in me that has still yet to be extinguished.
Middle school and into early high school, I was obsessed with Stephen King. Then Dean Koontz. I loved anything scary, and would reread the good ones over and over. The summer after 8th grade, I read Gone With the Wind, and that has remained one of my favorite books of all time. Later in high school, I read every Danielle Steel novel she wrote. My best friend and I went to the library so we could check out her books, then shared them with each other. I was in some pretty challenging honors and AP English classes, so I got some classics under my reading belt as well. Tess of the D’Ubervilles became one of my favorite reads as a result.
I had a lot of lost reading time throughout my college years. I was too busy reading school work, and being social. I can’t pinpoint any books I read during that time. But I’ve made up for it ever since. I’m absolutely consumed by the need to read, and my to-read list is longer than the list of books I’ve read! I’ve always been emotionally attached to the characters in the books I read, and have a hard time saying goodbye at the culmination of a particularly spectacular book. But as I’ve gotten older, I find myself even more attached to characters and stories, am blown away by authors’ abilities to create a world I have a hard time leaving.
What one book should I add to my list?