I am a voracious reader. Reading has always been something I loved to do – in fact, my childhood friends still tease me for thinking that “reading books!” was a completely acceptable slumber party activity (#cringe). There are a couple of books that I end up reading at least once a year – they are my comfort objects, like curling up on the couch with an afghan and The Price is Right when you were home sick as a kid. These are my top 3 all-time favorite books.
1. Harry Potter
Okay, so technically, this is more than one book, but to me, they are a singular entity. I can’t choose a favorite, and whenever I do read them, I always read all seven, in order (OCD, much?!). I remember waiting and waiting and waiting as a kid for each successive book to come out and when I finally had it in hand, holing away in my room and reading it cover to cover all in a single sitting. I just couldn’t put it down – I HAD to know what was going to happen! Even now, after reading them dozens of times, I struggle to take a break from the story. I can’t get over how amazingly well thought out they are. Love, love, love.
This is my guilty pleasure book. It’s like the silly rom-com of novels, the one that you can’t help but love despite it’s semi-implausible storyline and somewhat sub-par acting. This is the book I pick up when Casey is out of town, or I can’t shut my brain off, or I’m not feeling well. It’s a great fluffy book, perfect for the beach or long road trips or snow days.
3. Under the Tuscan Sun
I picked up this book after I returned from my first trip to Italy (I spent one summer in Florence during college to study art history). I was feeling homesick for tomatoes that tasted like tomatoes, cobblestone streets, art museums, bold red wine, drafty churches, creamy gelato, leather sandals and the evening passeggiata… and this memoir brought me right back. This is the book that I curl up with when I start feeling “itchy” to get back to Italy (which is surprisingly often). For me, the writing is like a time capsule to that amazing summer and a couple subsequent vacations (you can’t keep me away from that country – I swear it’s magnetic). A bit of a warning though – even though the writing is beautiful and amazingly descriptive and kind of magic, I’m not sure the effect it would have if you’ve never been to Italy. I mean, I’m sure it will make it come alive for you, I just can’t guarantee that you’ll feel the heady, tangible connection that I feel when I read it.
What are your all-time favorite books? Are you as obsessed with Harry Potter as I am? I really hope that they aren’t a weird generational fad – that they are timeless and someday my future kids will read and love them too.