What Is One Of Your Favorite Books–Revisited?




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 used in classes at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, 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

I love to ask this question of readers: What is one of your favorite books? (If you wish, offer more than one.)




26 thoughts on “What Is One Of Your Favorite Books–Revisited?

  1. That sounds like a wonderful book. I have not read it. I have loved so many books, it’s difficult to choose a favorite. Braiding Sweetgrass is a favorite of my adult years, The Anne of Green Gables series, of my childhood…

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  2. The earliest book I read outside of school assignments was “Battle Cry” by Leon Uris. I cannot recall why I picked up the book, but I am forever grateful that I didi. The historical fiction chronicled Uris’s experience as a U.S. Marine and the pivotal Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. The book had a profound effect on my sense of history and storytelling. I have long credited Uris as my inspiration and motivation for writing. He went on to write an array of influential novels.

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  3. Hi Charles, I have revisited The Shining and The Stand, both by Stephen King, as well as Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, The Scarlet Letter, Then there were None, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and The Great Divorce. I may revisit Rebecca.

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  4. Hi Charles. I think my earlier attempt at commenting got cut off due to a mispress from a button. I meant to say A Christmas Carol, which I did for your ULS series, has always been one of my favorites.

    As a kid, I especially loved the stories of Beatrix Potter and Rev. Wilbert Awdry.

    One of the best books I’ve read in recent years was Holding Up the Sky by Rebecca Alasdair, an indie author from Australia. It’s about a boy’s struggle with self-esteem and self-worth as he discovers and comes to terms with his sexuality.

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