There are so many books that have stayed with me over the years. Some that I have read recently, but most are stories from when I was younger and discovering my love for reading. I saw on Facebook where people were doing one of those lists things about their favorite books and I thought of a TON of books that have shaped my life, but here are ten books that came to mind.
1. "If You Only Knew" from The Friendship Ring Series by Rachel Vail
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I wrote in a blog post a long time ago (before I really got into blogging) that I felt like I was born in the wrong generation and was meant to be a 1920's flapper girl instead. After I read this book in high school, I just fell in love with the easy going lifestyle of the Jazz Age. (p.s. I have yet to see the movie out of fear that I'll hate it since I love the book so much).
3. I'll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm
4. Love the One You're With by Emily Griffin
5. The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell
6. Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank
I love just about every book written by Dorothea Benton Frank, but this book spoke to me so much because the mother, Miss Lavinia in the story reminds me so much of my sharp-tongued Mema Kay. Both Lavinia and Mema have that talent of insulting and complimenting you at the same time and the story is so beautifully written I just lost myself in this book.
7. Blubber by Judy Blume
8. Marley & Me by John Grogan
My mema gave me this book shortly after Josh & I had to put our sweet Mac Daddy to sleep (read about him here) and I cried most of the way through it. Our crazy Mac was so much like Marley, you never knew what you'd find when you walked in the door at our house. He ate squeakers out of toys, never listened to a word we said and was spoiled absolutely rotten but he was our first fur child and putting him down was the hardest thing we've ever had to do.
9. Can't Stay Away from the Sweet Valley High Senior Year by Francine Pascal
This entire series was amazing as we hang out with the Wakefield twins in their senior year of high school, but the first book is really a big changing point for Jessica Wakefield when she makes a bad decision that shapes her entire senior year after rumors are spread about her being a slut. Without going into detail, this is my junior year of high school in a nutshell. Also, 99 cents for a NSYNC poster? Hoolllaaaa.
10. The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
I used to make my mama read this to me all the time, it's a children's story about being careful what you wish for and it is still one of my favorites.
What are some books that have stayed with you over the years?