it’s been a few months short of a year since i dropped out of my book club. and i want to get back into it, because i enjoy getting into a good story or reading about someones account of their life. i just can’t seem to find the extra time to read in the way my book club required of me.
recently i was tagged by my friend to list off 10 books that come to mind that i have read that have stayed with me in some way. so i’m re-living the fun of my past reading exploits by way of this challenge.
THE KEY IS TO NOT THINK TOO MUCH, BUT TO QUICKLY WRITE OUT A LIST OF BOOKS THAT HAVE TOUCHED ME THROUGHOUT MY READING “CAREER.”
some of mine are from my book club days; some are post-purge (when i dropped out a few others did as well and we jokingly called it the purge) reads. others are classics from highschool and university, and some are from the days i was able to stay up all night reading under the covers with a flashlight in my bedroom.
1. the great gatsby – super classic. i read this for my highschool english class. still haven’t seen the movie though.
2. 1984 – i remember staying up late while traveling in pakistan reading this. it made me a little uneasy being alone and reading about being constantly watched.
3. the glass castle – this book affirmed my love for the memoir. i loooove a good memoir. and this one was a great look at an oddly functioning, totally dysfunctional family.
4. a new earth – around the time oprah made this one big. life lessons on destruction of the ego and waking up to the bigger picture. little and big gems in this, i’m telling you.
5. the twentieth wife – what a magical and different time. i felt so immersed in this book and actually started to read it slower and slower as it came to a close beaucse i didn’t want it to end. thank god for the feast of roses.
6. eat pray love – another memoir. and such a good one. i’m definitely not the only one who thought so too. major bestseller, major motion picture. i bought copies of it for my moms one eid.
7. confessions of an economic hitman – eye opener to say the least. a little depressing, a lotta interesting, and so plausible and real. and when you think about it, really, it all makes sense.
8. bright shiny morning – this book made me want to move to california so freakin bad. my book club counterparts didn’t love this book as much as i did, but i think its because i’ve got a little west coast swag in me. it’s there. deep down.
9. if tomorrow comes – i devoured this book more than once. tracy whitney was hella cool to me as a teenager.
10. the shack – a touching and beautiful account of an interaction with god. papa has never been so familiar to me before and i loved it.
i realized as i was writing this list that i could go on an on.
THERE ARE SO MANY BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN A SOURCE OF COMFORT, INSPIRATION, ESCAPE AND PLEASURE.
so insha’allah i will share 10 more books every so often. let me know some of yours, too. i could always use a good recco. and i will be officially challenging a few of you on insta. so get ready!
also, isn’t this library a little too lovely for words? it’s hootie‘s house!
photo credit / julia lynn for domaine