There's a meme going around about what books will you always remember and why. I love seeing what books matter to people and I thought I'd share some of mine. Here are ten books I'll never forget:
Ramona Quimby Age 8
This is the first book I checked out of the library by myself! I was in kindergarten. It was the first chapter book I ever read. I thought every chapter was a story because they had titles! At first I read them out of order, based on which one sounded most interesting, but then I figured it out. (Also cool, the grandmother's last name was Kemp!)
Bridge to Terabithia
And thus began my love for sad books where people die.
Inexplicably, this audio book was one that they played over the loudspeakers when we went to bed at school camp. Nothing like being 10, far from home in the middle of the woods, and listening to the story of a little girl who dies alone in the woods!
And thus began my love for sad books about immortal people who wish they could die.
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
I think I read this book around 20 times between 4th and 6th grade.
A Wrinkle In Time
Thus began my love for all things time travel, sci-fi, and fantasy.
The first truly scary book I read. I was 12 and I made the mistake of reading it one night when I was home alone.
It was over 1000 pages! And awesome.
Interview With A Vampire
The first truly dark and emotionally complex book I ever read. And of course the beginning of my love for vampires!
All The Pretty Horses
I loved John Grady Cole so much that I didn't want to read the next book because I couldn't bear to see him go through the changes I knew would come and turn him into a grizzled cowboy. Plus, it was the book that taught me there are no rules when it comes to writing a book. Want to write would of instead of would've? Hate commas? Go for it!
The Time Traveler's Wife
Did I mention that time travel is one of my favorite things in the world? Plus, sad books where true love faces inevitable doom? This book will break my heart forever.
What about you? What are some books that you'll remember forever?