The Books That Matter to Us: Here Are 8 Must-Read Books I Love & Why! by Carrie Watts

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The Books That Matter to Us: Here Are 8 Must-Read Books I Love & Why!

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? 

"Love Among the Walnuts" by Jean Ferris
"Love Among the Walnuts" by Jean Ferris $2 & Up
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.
"All-American Girl" by Meg Cabot
"All-American Girl" by Meg Cabot $6 & Up
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.
"Summer of My German Soldier" by Bette Greene
"Summer of My German Soldier" by Bette Greene $1 & Up
Another young adult novel. I read this in my early teens and it completely changed the way I consider history. It is beautiful.
"Like Chocolate for Water" by Laura Esquivel
"Like Chocolate for Water" by Laura Esquivel $1 & Up
Written in the genre of Mexican magical realism, I have no words for this book except “life changing.”
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee $2 & Up
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.
"Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary
"Dear Mr. Henshaw" by Beverly Cleary $1 & Up
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.
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry
"The Giver" by Lois Lowry $4 & Up
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!
#8 Bonus Book: "His Bloody Project" by Graeme Macrae Burnet
#8 Bonus Book: "His Bloody Project" by Graeme Macrae Burnet $5 & Up
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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Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Great book picks, Carrie Watts ! I can’t wait to read the few I haven’t yet gotten to. Appreciate the recos!
Carrie Watts
Let me know what you think when you've read them!
Sheri B Doyle
Some of these are among my all time favorite reads. I am excited to tackle the ones I haven't read yet. Thanks for the recommendations @CarrieWatts
Carrie Watts
Which are your favorites? I'm always interested to learn what books have mattered to other people. :-)
Renee Herren
The Giver is my favorite! I read it every year!
Carrie Watts
Isn’t it just the best? I love it so much. Have you read GATHERING BLUE?
Renee Herren
Yes! I have red and enjoyed all of the books in the series. But The Giver is my absolute favorite (I was really disappointed in the movie though).

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