What Is A Book That You Love?




I am a teacher, a writer, and a lover of books. I cannot remember a time when I could not read, and the simple act of reading a book is one of the best pleasures in life.  So, I was thinking today about a book, one of my all time favorites: The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, that I have taught often, both at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA and Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. This novel is brilliant, funny, witty, Gothic, romantic, and deeply engaging.  Can you tell I love it?

Here is a quotation from the back cover of the paperback:

“Wondrous . . . masterful . . . The Shadow Of The Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero.”

— Entertainment Weekly, Editor’s Choice

So, I ask you: what is one of your favorite books?


31 thoughts on “What Is A Book That You Love?

  1. Ah, Charles, how can I pick a favourite book. I will give you three adult books and three children’s books. Jane Eyre, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Children’s book favourites are The Secret Garden, Emily of New Moon, and The Hobbit.

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  2. Thank you for the suggestion, Charles. I’ll put this book on my Wish List. One of the books I love is The Russia House by John le Carré. It’s a top-notch thriller, but it’s also a beautiful love story. I also love how it brings Russia to life during the turbulent times of Glasnost. The movie made from the book is a favorite too. ♥.

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  3. I read a lot, and couldn’t pick a favourite. But two books I’ve read recently which have stayed with me for many months are ‘All That Remains’ by Sue Black, perhaps not for everyone as it’s about forensic anthropology, and a novel called Thursbitch by Alan Garner, a very strange book which enthralled me.

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  4. Adult books, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Gone With the Wind.” Children’s books, “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Wild Robot”. Crossover books that everyone should read, “The Poet’s Dog”, and “Wonder”.

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  5. I may have mentioned before that The Shadow of the Wind ‘knocked me out, emotionally…’ I also loved Jane Eyre and ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Howard Spring’s Fame is the Spur opened my young eyes re politicians and greed… at an early age too. Many favourite childrens’ stories…can’t chose! Aren’t we all so lucky to have ‘literature?!’ Cheers.

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