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Books that stayed with me

So I said in my previous post that we might not get another snow this year… Boy was I wrong! Now is the perfect time to pick up a book but… I’m still unable to concentrate on anything for too long. So instead of starting a new book (or trying to finish the one’s I still have yet to finish) I decided to think about the books that have stayed with me through the years. I still want to do the Goodreads 2021 Challenge but maybe I’ll revisit something old instead of starting something new.

In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
I can’t remember much of this series but I distinctly recall that it fueled my passion for writing. See the author was 13 when she wrote it and I devoured a few titles with interest and jealousy. I spent much of my youth with books for friends and her books were my first look into teen fiction.

Unfortunately I don’t believe I ever finished reading this series but because of her, I focused free time on writing. Writing was therapeutic and helped me through a lot in my younger years. My parents tried a few times to put me in therapy but I wouldn’t say a word. And if writing helped with anything, it helped my mental state in a world that was difficult to navigate.

All the Lights We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Sander flew out to California in 2015 to visit me and we were inseparable for 2 weeks. It was an emotional time for me because it was the start of a new relationship after a year of being single. This man that I only knew from the internet came out to see me and it was the best time of my life. And a hole remained when he left. That was when I knew I had to be with him.

I started reading this book after he left and I can tell you exactly what was happening in life when I read this book. I had it as an audiobook because my job at the time required me drive a lot. But when I think about those melancholy times of long days of driving and then nights in a college classroom, I feel a bit nostalgic and think of this book too.

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
My group of friends used to visit the New York Times Festival of Books and we attended a panel were Tremblay spoke. The passage he read out loud captured my imagination and I read it in 2 weeks. It’s a story about exorcisms and the darkness of religious intervention but the ending left me speechless. If you’re into mysterious and spooky tales that blend reality and horror together, I recommend this book for sure. I think about it a lot, even today.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I read this book back when I was in a book club with my closest friends. It was a magical story about wizards, circuses, and forbidden love. Oh, and the colors red, black and white. We dressed up for our meeting in those colors too and it was a wonderful time! Since then I had to donate my barely worn red scarf but I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement. This book means a lot to me even though I don’t talk to many of those people anymore. The author also has another book out that I’d love to read but I’ll do it when I know I’ll be able to finish it.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
I was so excited to see Good Omens become a show but I have yet to watch it… I read this book nearly 10 years ago and have loved it ever since. It’s a beautiful mix of religion and a humorous look at what it comes with. I grew up in a religious house hold but wasn’t religious myself so this book always makes me laugh. I’m due for another read through and I think this year might be the perfect year!


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