Books have always been one of the greatest joys of my life. The bookshelves in my brain are filled to bursting, but I always manage to find a little more space for new loves. Recently, a Facebook game appeared on my timeline asking for people to share a photo of one book each day for seven days without commenting on them. I was delighted to join in! The hard part was narrowing it to seven – and then not commenting on them! Thankfully, I can comment here. What books matter to you and why?
This quirky, clever, relatively-unknown middle grade novel is my go-to book for when I’m a bit downcast. It’s never failed to lift my spirits.
A young adult novel, this one will make you laugh and weep in equal measure. It is one of the few books I dragged out getting to the end because I didn’t want to say goodbye.
Another young adult novel. I read this in my early teens and it completely changed the way I consider history. It is beautiful.
Written in the genre of Mexican magical realism, I have no words for this book except “life changing.”
A genuine classic, this coming-of-age story explores morality and justice. It should be read by every human being at some point in their life, preferably early on.
I don’t even remember when I read this middle grade novel, but I must have been very young (8 or 9 years old?). It is simple but heart-rending. You will never forget Leigh and his story.
One of the best young adult novels ever written. There have been three books to follow it, expanding upon the themes of trust, truth and the value of individuality and freewill when balanced against society’s ills. DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE!
A unique adult mystery novel, this is an exploration through fictional historical documents set in the Scottish Highlands. It’s wonderful.
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