I am participating in the Preview to Summer Blogger Book Swap. The first link up topic is your 3 Favorite books.
This was HARD. It is pretty hard to narrow all the books down to which I love the most. My favorite books tend to change from time to time, depending on my phase in life and current interests.
I chose 3 books that seem to always find their way back into my life over the years and continue to have an effect on me
3. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix. This was my least favorite of the series, when I first started reading it. Harry is angsty, moody, grouchy and irrational. I was feeling as annoyed as he was throughout the book and it was not until I was finished with it that I realized how brilliant Rowling developed his character. She completely nailed this adolescent stage of life, especially an adolescent who has suffered the losses that Harry has. I appreciated this book so much more when I re-read the series and had a different perspective of his character.
2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. This was the first Maya Angelou book I read. It was assigned during my 10th grade year. We were given about 2 weeks to read the book. I asked if I could take it home and finished it within days. Then, my teacher assigned me to read the book aloud to a group of students just outside our classroom (life.long.nerd.). I feel in love with Angelou’s writing. Her prose, imagery and structure is poetic. Anytime after reading her works, I immediately want to write, she completely inspires that within me. I went on to read the rest of her biographies in the next couple of years, and have re-read them many times.
1. The Catcher in the Rye. This was another book I read as assigned reading for high school. It truly resonated with my own teen angst and questions/annoyance with society. I have re-read it a few times since then, and each time it strikes me in a different way. I think it is poignant that the same book can impact adolescent, college aged, young adult and adult me.