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The Taming of the Shrew. London: Printed for J. Tonson, and the rest of the proprietors. Two title pages giving different publication dates and ; actual date of publication [? Jane Austen frequently quotes or alludes to Shakespeare. The course of true love never did run smooth—. A Hartfield edition of Shakespeare would have a long note on that passage.

I believe one can say more. There were several unidentified editions of Shakespeare in the library at Godmersham in We do not know which of them she used, but it does not seem likely that Austen would have relied on this copy, a gift to her nephew in , when structuring the plot of Emma. We chose to include this copy in the exhibition to demonstrate the ways in which books frequently passed between members of the Austen family as gifts.

Vol II. June The entry for Bridges, baronets of Goodnestone Park, Goodnestone-next-Wingham, Kent , has been heavily annotated. Since the notes were made, the pages have been re-trimmed and possibly rebound, resulting in the loss of some of the annotations which refer to marriages, deaths and births within the Bridges family.

Austen Esq. This highlighting neatly ties in with the cross x at the beginning of the annotated entry for Edward Austen at the foot of the page. It is likely that either Elizabeth Bridges or Edward Knight annotated this book. There are several copies of the Baronetage and the Peerage in the Knight Collection; Austen could have been familiar with any or all of them, including this copy. James Fordyce, Sermons to Young Women, in two volumes. Cadell in the Strand, and J. Dodsley in Pall-Mall. Didactic literature abounds in advice about what young women should and should not read.

In Pride and Prejudice she creates a vividly humorous scene where the lumpish Mr. Collins quite literally judges a book by its cover:. Bennet was. Collins readily assented, and a book was produced; but on beholding it, for every thing announced it to be from a circulating library, he started back, and begging pardon, protested that he never read novels. Lydia gaped as he opened the volume, and before he had, with very monotonous solemnity, read three pages, she interrupted him. The joke is therefore on Mr. Sir Charles Grandison , novel and play. Payne; G. Robinson; W. Lowndes; Wilkie and Robinson; J.

Walker; R. Lea; J. Nunn; Lackington and Co. Newman; Crosby and Co. Bagster; J. Booker; J. Asperne; and Johnson and Co. She read and re-read it many times. Every circumstance narrated in Sir Charles Grandison , all that was ever said or done in the cedar parlour, was familiar to her; and the wedding days of Lady L.

Jane Austen certainly referred frequently and familiarly to Sir Charles Grandison and its characters. What is to become of me! Such a long Letter! Sir Charles Grandison is a favorite with Mrs. Morland objects to novels. She very often reads Sir Charles Grandison herself; but new books do not fall in our way. That is an amazing horrid book, is it not? Five sections of pages of varying sizes, forming five perhaps originally four small booklets.

It was probably designed to be acted in private, in front of an audience who knew the source text well, and thus it provides useful evidence of the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century vogue for private theatricals, both in the Austen household and more widely in Europe. The playlet focuses on the Harriet Byron plot, omitting the sections of the original set in Italy.

In , Brian Southam first made the suggestion that the work was likely to have been written by Austen herself. Since his publication, leading Austen scholars have expressed both agreement and skepticism. The evidence provided by both the watermarks undated paper is used for Act One; later sections are watermarked and and by other works that Austen was composing in her teenage years and by , is in itself open to interpretation. This is not the place to challenge or confirm attribution, or indeed to rehearse the lively critical debate of recent years.

Austen frequently alludes elliptically to the literary works, characters, or authors that she, her family, and her friends knew well, drawing on the powerful potential of shared reading to create a bond between author and reader.

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Knight family bookplates. The following are some examples of bookplates used by members of the Knight family at Godmersham and Chawton in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and are still to be found in the Knight collection today. In , he changed his name to May in order to inherit the Godmersham Estate, changing it again to Knight in to inherit the Chawton estate.

Montagu G. Knight Montagu Knight was the first of this branch of the family to make Chawton his main home. In Montagu co-wrote a history of the house and estate called Chawton Manor and its Owners. A copy of this book is in the Chawton House Library collection. Montagu used three different bookplates, and shown here are examples of two of them. We are grateful to the Trustees of Chawton House Library for allowing us to curate the original exhibition from material held in the library. Particular thanks go to Dr. Sandy Lerner, Chair of the Board of Trustees, whose generous benefaction provided the bulk of the main collection, and to Richard Knight, whose family collection, the Knight collection, is on extended deposit at Chawton House Library.

We would also like to thank Jacqui Grainger, Ray Moseley, Sarah Parry, and Helen Scott, colleagues past and present at Chawton House Library, for their generosity in sharing their expertise, both technical and bibliographical. We are grateful to Karen Attar and Olivia Murphy for their help in preparing the exhibition guide. Austen, Henry. Janet Todd and Antje Blank. Cambridge: CUP, Austen, Jane. Richard Cronin and Dorothy Macmillan. Deirdre Le Faye. Oxford: OUP, Peter Sabor. Later Manuscripts. Janet Todd and Linda Bree.

Mansfield Park. John Wiltshire. Northanger Abbey. Barbara M. Benedict and Deirdre Le Faye. Pride and Prejudice. Pat Rogers. Sense and Sensibility. Edward Copeland. Austen-Leigh, James Edward. A Memoir of Jane Austen. Kathryn Sutherland. Barker, Gerard A. London: Associated UP, Gay, Penny. Jane Austen and the Theatre. Gilson, David. Privately printed, Grundy, Isobel. Edward Copeland and Juliet McMaster. Halsey, Katie. Complete Works of Jane Austen. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, Jane Austen and Her Readers.

London: Anthem forthcoming. Harris, Jocelyn. Newark: U of Delaware P, Lascelles, Mary. Jane Austen and Her Art. London: Oxford UP, Le Faye, Deirdre. Chronology of Jane Austen and Her Family. Jane Austen: A Family Record. Mansfield, Katherine. Novels and Novelists. New York: Knopf, Moler, Kenneth L. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, Richardson, Alan. Janet Todd. Southam, Brian. Brian Southam. Foreword by Lord David Cecil. Oxford: Clarendon, Stabler, Jane. Scott, Walter. Edinburgh: Oliver, I would LOVE to be able to read either of those for the first time again.

Rereads are great, but to be able to have that first time back? Man, that would be great! The last great book I read is really several books — the Patrick Melrose novels. Bitingly witty, yet so poignant. Swan Song by Robert McCammon. I love it and I have always wished there was a reset button in the brain to erase my memory of the book so that I can go back and have that awesome feeling of enjoying a great book for the first time!! Oh man, anything by Jeanette Wells. Her books tear at my heart because they are her truth.

Take your pick as they are all 3 impossible to put down. I just love his stories in general. Sorry, I can never keep a list of books to just one. This was the series that got me into epic fantasies in middle school and is now one of my comfort reads. I just read What Alice Forgot and it was wonderful. There are far too many good ones out there. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon! I was ONLY a non-fiction reader before this book. Too many to pick a favorite of all time, however current great reads are The trouble with goats and sheep by Joanna Cannon.

Exquisite writing. Also love all Fredrick Backman books but especially his last 2- Beartown, followed by Us against You sequel. Not sure they fit into the categories of books you seem to enjoy, but if you appreciate great writing and character development, these are great and FUN reads. It was really deeply personal to me, to the point that I sometimes get afraid to reread it, but, nope, I love it. Plus it helps me keep passing the open windows. Happy reading. Gaz recently posted Pulled ham hock and raw vegetables. Another vote for Good Omens as the intelligent laugh-out-loud novel that you can read over and over.

Kristin hotmail. Hands down, the Harry Potter books.

Literal magic. Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel. Magic realism. The movie is also so so lovely. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness. Witches, vampires, daemons, time travel, history. Well wait til you read the second one! Reading the stories again is still amazing and I laugh and laugh, but reading them for the first time, laughing until I almost vomited, was the BEST. I had to take breaks while reading it to breathe.

It is my favorite place to hide. I know something terrible is coming up but I can stop myself. I have given away so many copies to people to get them to read it. Lamb by Christopher Moore — as a kid who was raised without religion but not atheist or anything specific or definable like that , it did a shockingly good job of teaching me the basics of Christianity while also making me laugh my ass off in 9th grade trigonometry. Making this choice took over half an hour to make. I have specifically not allowed myself to re-read it since I graduated college in because I want to someday pick it up and rediscover certain pages I had forgotten.

Disclaimer: I should start by saying I read purely for entertainment and stress relief. Mysteries and thrillers are pretty much my only reading material. With that said, Dewey the Library Cat was an amazing book. I cried like a baby and hugged my cat while reading it. But I loved it. Also, all Janet Evanovich books, particularly the Stephanie Plum series. These hit the mark as far as a easy, take your mind off of everything, hilarious reads. And of course, the famous Harry Potter books.

Your call. I have loved all your books. I find them beautiful and funny every time. Rightnow, close to turning 47, I have decided to try stop hating the body I have, to stop trying to destroy it, and find some peace with it. Body positivity is super hard, I know it is an uphill fight. I have checked it out twice and hope to own it one day. Thanks for being you, Jenny. And to everyone else for these great book recommendations.

Or anything by both of them, really. Fiction novels? A quick read, as it was one I would read aloud when I taught fifth grade. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Album. Books are something we both have in common and love to share with each other. I just checked this out again at the library a few weeks ago. Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. I met the author in the 11th Grade on a Job Shadowing assignment. She was incredibly nice. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil — Savannah is one of my favorite places in the world.

I love getting book recommendations — Totally going to look into the book you mentioned… I need a good read to distract me from life!! All of the above and probably most of what comes next …books are wonderful no matter what kind they are — reading the comment list — i was thinking yes I love that one — oh yes i remember that one — ohhhh the book after that was wonderful — D — all of the above is my answer.

Anything by T. Kingfisher Ursula Vernon in afake moustache especially the Clocktaur War duology. For more common books, the history lover in me enjoys the Sarah Vowell books — Assasination Vacation and. Oh, there are too many! It is so hard to pick a favorite. So funny and also very sad.

So good! We the Living by Ayn Rand.

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Amazing book. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Everyone should read this book! The immortalists. I read it this summer and read it so fast because I was so intrigued and caught up in the story. Loved it so much. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson. Read it a couple of times, and it is sooo funny, and intelligent, and intelligently funny.

My favorite to date is the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. However, I did just finish reading The Woodcutter by Kate Danley, which was full of magic and delight. I have read all of her fiction books more than once! I had the pleasure of meeting her once at a book signing when I was 13!! Still Life by Louise Penny. Actually anything written by Louise Penny. They are murder mysteries set in southern Quebec.

Really well-written and I can never put them down. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami — holy flying monkeys this book was so good I stayed up until 4am to finish it one night. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is wonderful, in an understated and kind of bleak way. Or everything Christopher Moore has written. And everything Neil Gaiman has written, actually. But especially Ocean. I loved Tully by Paulina Simmons.

This gem I picked up at a Big Lots on my way to the beach my senior year of high school. Fast forward 20 years, we just got a pig. Strut by Bruce and Carole Hart. It takes place in Wildwood, N. I loved this book so much that I named my cat Jasper. The classic good and evil conflict, where good kinda-sorta wins in the end but at what cost? The Bone Reader by Mab Morris.

Thought-provoking, heart-breaking and just really, truly a lovely read. A must-read, for sure. Richards, the librarian, introduced me to the indomitable Nancy Drew. I wish I could go back to that moment of reading my first Nancy Drew book because it really changed my life. The House At Pooh Corner: my daddy read this to me as a kid, and I still hear his voice when I read it to my grandkids. It continues to be hilariously witty.

Any great kid lit is just as engaging for the adults, and Milne nailed it. So many books, so little time… My first mind blower was Bridge to Terebithia back in elementary school. Then Thinner which kicked off my love of Stephen King. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. It was a novel before the movie. Loved both. The fault in our stars by John Green. The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Absolutely loved The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The first time I read it I was a high school freshman, I still love it as a grad student.

The very first book of his that I read. Borrowed it from the library, started reading and just could not put it down. Finished it that same evening. Did the same with several of his books. Of course, this was in like The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon. I recommend it to anyone lookin for a new series. What can I say? Everybody in the 90s wanted one of those pointy nosed ugly things. Any Bill Bryson. That one stayed with me a long time.

Yes, very different types of books; what can I say, I have eclectic tastes. I enjoy getting to know books. So many great ones people have already listed. My favs besides our Jenny are probably Gaiman, Sedaris, and Dahl. A Little Life by HanyaYanagihara. Amazing story, beautiful prose, and knowing how it ends makes it hard to read again.


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What Happened to Lani Garver. I first read it as a freshman in high school and still love it 16 years later. The Secret History by Donna Tartt. You know, the kind when you stop liking everything you love and generally take solace in? This was the first book I read again as I was pulling out and it pushed me back into voracious reading mode.

I loved Gone With The Wind as someone else mentioned above. I had seen the movie and felt some hope for Scarlett at the end, but the book is a gut-punch. For a good two weeks I was devastated and actually started writing a sequel just to make myself feel better. Also, a more recent book that I read that you might like — if you like creepy English houses and period pieces — is The Little Stranger. I just saw the movie of it this weekend and it was very true to the book. I have lots, too, but most recent is the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Happy to see quite a few of my faves already listed. Clh telus. That and the Narnia series, which I have lovely memories of my dad reading to me. So good. I read it so many times, the cover is tattered. I love all of her stuff. I even have her unfinished short stories. All-time favorites: Little Women and Black Beauty. Gone With the Wind is up there too. And the original Wraeththu trilogy by Storm Constantine. There was a second trilogy and maybe even a third?

Anne of Green Gables. The whole series is excellent and we can all relate to Anne in one way or another! Lamb: the gospel according to Biff by Christopher Moore. I picked it up in Borders and seriously laughed so loud while reading the first page people stared at me. Both of them touched my core for different bt vital reasons. His trusty sidekick and pain in the ass is Susan Ward, intrepid reporter and fond of brightly-hued hair dye. There are many, but one I finished fairly recently—Advent by James Treadwell.

Such a powerful opening line. Claire Robson and it is the historically fictionalized account of a white child, Cynthia Ann Parker, kidnapped as a child by the Comanche Indians and her life among them, and the tragic and bitter end of the Native American way of life. While quite violent in many places, it is the most beautiful book I have ever read and none has ever dislodged this story from my mind and heart.

As mentioned it is out of print but can still be found on Amazon and I, now 44 as opposed to 12 when I first read it, have continually pulled it from my very special and meager holdings of print books every few years to re-experience the beauty of a way of life gone tragically to near extinction.

I now live in the Tulsa, OK area which makes this read all the more special to me as this is the final and most extensive reservation of so many of the tribes that once roamed this nation and it is rich in culture, heritage, and pride here. I highly recommend this read!! I first read it many, many years ago and have re read it a many times since. It has given me a totally new way to look at life and its daily struggles! It was a wonderful fantasy, with a main character I really felt connected to. Danielleunread yahoo. I once read that eight times in a row because I never wanted to leave.

I love it so much. My other favourite book is Pride and Prejudice. I read it in high school and about eleventy billion times since. Honestly these two books are partly responsible for where I am in my mental health today. Life changing. Actually your books have been a huge part of my journey as well. Thank God for authors sharing precious stories. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.

Or any book by Connie Willis, frankly. While reading Doomsday Book, I was working and just could NOT wait for a break, lunch or getting home to keep reading it. There are book club type discussion questions at the end of the book, and it was only then that I realized that the main character is never named…. The Mists of Avalon. Nothing compares to the first read through, really. Reading that series changed my life!

Never has a book or series become such a huge part of my life like that. I now have 2 HP tattoos, one of which is a half-sleeve! The All Creatures Great and Small series are my comfort books. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay. Most of his novels are historical fantasy and are excellent overall.

This is one of a few favorites that he wrote and it would be a delight to have it be new again. I still reread them all happily anyway, of course. Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang was awesome. Stiff by Mary Roach, if real live puns! A favorite book of mine is The Outsiders. Funny it was a high school English requirement but I fell in love with it way back then and still love it today. You make me smile. Murder in Amityville by Hans Holzer. I first read it when I was My first adult book. I had been watching horror movies since I was a wee tot.

Also The Shining by Stephen King. A really interesting retelling of a classic fairytale and completely different perspective of the events. Dear Enemy by Jean Webster. I has it. My book is Jane Eyre. I always come back to Jane. I love her stubbornness. Epic story, tons of great characters, good vs. Just a wonderful read. The Eyes of the Dragon also by Stephen King. More of a YA book and I love it more every time I read it, this would be the one I would want to forget so I could experience it again.

Gone Girl. That Gillian Flynn is a goddamn genius.


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  • Little House on the Prairie series. Their life was so hard! Pet Sematary! Discovering how much I loved Stephen King was a revelation. Even the title, I mean… I must have read it ten times and I never fail to pick something new up. The jokes are still hilarious every time but I wish I could read them for the first time again. Definitely Gone With the Wind. I probably read it every summer for 10 years. The writing just takes you to another world. Same with the Harry Potter series. I fell in love with Jamie and Claire and revisit often, but it would be nice to experience it all for the first time.

    GoT just stunned me with the first major plot twist and I took the book to my husband and told him he HAD to read it and then waited for the shock to hit him, too. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll……the subject matter is sometimes hard to read for some a girl is raped while she is passed out but it is such a good book. I read it in a day and a half. Hard to choose just one! Wally Lamb makes his characters realistic and yet very human. Oh so many! Others include everything by Sharon Shinn, especially the Archangel series.

    I read it a few years ago and scenes from it still randomly pop into my head for no reason. I tried twice to get my book club to read it but they picked something else. Mostly I wanted them to read it because I desperately want someone to talk with about it! I need to make a list out of all these comments!

    So much fun to revisit old favorites and starting thinking about new favorites. King opened new adventures in the vein of Sherlock Holmes to me. Perhaps if my memory fails I will read it again as if for the first time. I read so many comments that voiced the same opinion, but choosing just one book is so hard! I read this book at least once a year. I gravitate to books with strong, female protagonists! So many! The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. There were so many sentences that I stopped and re-read, believing that any single one of them constituted a brilliant achievement in writing.

    I did not read every reply. Likely that I will be the only one to mention it here. Armor, John Steakley. Great Sci-Fi and so much more. So many…but my family just talked this weekend about reading Harry Potter again and wishing it could be for the first time. But also the dragon riders of pern, outlander , wonder, the graveyard book. And yes…today is just a Thursday for me…. I love watching her fall into this whole new world. Both made me want to start them from the beginning again, immediately after finishing them.

    Such a special, short gem of a book. Happy read-a-book day, fellow nerds! At times it is painful to read about how people were treated and understand their motivation to leave the south. Yet she still finds the beauty in the south and in the courage of the three people she follows. I also love the Harry Potter series — a great story about friendship and love. And finally, the Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood Rebecca Wells — another that is at times upsetting, but overall a lovely story about friendship staying strong throughout the years.

    My email: kenzie gmail. I would chose to be my 10 year old self reading Little Women for the first time. I loved Jo March, she was after my mom the first female I was influenced by, her passion for learning and trying to be true to herself was so relatable to me at the time. My all time favorite is The Time Travelers Wife. I tried read this book at least once a year.

    The Unlikely Ones by Mary Brown. Release date was in This book i will read over and over! The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Great writing, and a thought-provoking situation. I am a speed reader, but not with this book. I read each and every word. This booked affected me like no other. The book I have been recommending to everyone who will listen for the past year is Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Hmmm, what have you NOT read??

    I re-read it every year or so, and still am still delighted by it. If I could go back in time to my childhood self, it would be all the Pippi Longstocking books. I wanted her to be my best friend. Sorry if this goes through twice I am having issues with life in general.

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    Danceinterrupteds recently posted Never-ending. Happy reading darlings! I loved that book and have often reread it. I have also gifted is copy of it to all my younger cousins and their children. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey. I love all her Pern novels, but this was the first of them I read and it really opened my eyes to whole new worlds. I probably re-read it at least once a year.

    So many great books already posted. I love the protagonist Kinsey. Both will make you cry and educate you at the same time. David Sedaris is a must read for anyone who follows this blog. I reread it at least once a year. Email addy is trb2 domtopnotary. Beauty by Robin McKinley. I first read this book in middle school- I had checked out a hardcover copy from the school library. Then I checked it out again, and yet again before I eventually purchased my own paper back version.

    This would have been in… or I still own that book- it is battered and torn- but every year or so I come back around and re-read it. I read these all every couple of years. Holy cats, I love these books. Gorgeous cover, beautifully written. Half Urban Fantasy, half epic. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is that bookenfor me. I loved the entire Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne. They are so irreverent and funny and I mean a dog that can communicate telepathically, does it get better than that?? These have gotten me through some dark days, because they have allowed me to leave my life and depression behind and to go be in the comfort of the future and what feels like family.

    The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck. We were assigned to read it in high school.

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    I had already read it 11 times by then, so I asked the teacher if I could read something else. No soap. I read it for the 12th time in class. The entire trilogy is a beautiful, beautiful story. I love Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. To think, I could have had Claire and Jamie in my life that much sooner! This has always been my favorite book since I was a teenager.

    It is a romance novel but it is more funny and less steamy than most romance books. I swear I find a copy every time I go to a used book store. Which is great because no one ever seems to give back any books that I lend out!! And my adult daughter said it made her cry.

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    And it will probably make you cry too. Ella enchanted…. More recently, I would say the mercy thompson series. One of the things I really enjoy about reading Mr. He actually interacts with his readers on the site. I like that. My ex-husband once told me he had written a paper for a Lit class in which he related them to characters out of Greek myths.

    It made sense. Autocorrect strikes again! Along her journey she finds out how to love and what true friendship means. It has always held a special place in my heart and I highly recommend it. The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Terrific book. Both authors transport tge reader in different ways, and make everyfay things seem magical.

    The Gargolye by Andrew Davidson clwaldo99 gmail. I read the first while recovering from a miscarriage and it helped me get through it. They both transport tge reader and make everyday things magical in different ways. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern! Magic, a mysterious circus that arrives at night, competition, and people trying to figure out where they fit in. I highly recommend it! So many!! For kids, but I read it every year. It is a long read but well worth it. It was the first book in a long time that as soon as I finished it, I started it all over again.

    Is all of them an acceptable answer? Well, anything by Neil Gaiman. Carol Lennox recently posted I Like Millenials…. Check Out Why. I have a whole list called best books ever… At this moment as in today at this hour it is Grit by Duckworth. A book all people, patents, teachers and kids need to read.

    The Cabin. I am not at all religious but it made me appreciate why others believe in God. A beautiful and heart wrenching story. Kelli strand Nakina25 hotmail. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson — published last year. Fascinating story of a female who is a Craft Master and paints portraits of faire folk fairies. A very different approach to the topic of fairies.

    I keep thinking about it and how it made me appreciate the little things in life. It was so funny and the end was hysterical. It was the first book of his I read, and the start of a whole year of Discworld. It was really fun and a cool take on zombies and urban fantasy! Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. I basically felt like I was in the book; it is wonderfully vivid.

    I hope the movie dies a slow and painful death. House of Leaves by Mark Z. I like to say I just started to read in my 40s- I really now understand what a good book is. It just is. And I love knowing what others recommend — and to be commentor — I have a lot of notes to take!! Kitchen Confidential. I feel sad for the fan letters I never wrote, and the things we might have still seen from hi.. By the way, I am not Darryl Brock pushing my book. Although ….

    If I could forget a whole series for rereading purposes it would be Harry Potter. I would love to experience The Giver by Lois Lowry again for the first time. What an amazing book. Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. I would love to read that again, not knowing his name or about his death. I read all his books, and, as a cook, I miss him every day. I wish I could read his first book again, with the hope of so much more to come. I want everyone who cooks or eats at restaurants to read it. I had gone through really, really bad. Bujold has made him an honourable man.

    I spent nights in my car, re-reading this book. I would not allow it to take it away from me. Cazaril got through it and I would get through it too. The Hate U Give was fantastic and topical. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is wonderful too. The Humans by Matt Haig. An off-planet view of humanity. Anything by Fredrik Backman. I am a very avid reader and there are many books I love to read over an over again. To have that doubt that he really is on the right side, would be amazing. First of all— this post has given me at least a dozen new books to read. Anywho… I am a huge Stephen King fan— I would love to take back any of his books to reread and enjoy them for the first time all over again but my favorite is The Stand.

    Taylorcogswell gmail. Lamb, by Christopher Moore. My all time favourite book. I laughed so hard I teared up. Numerous times! Of course I have dozens of favorites but Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is definitely high up on my list also The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer is one of my new favorite discoveries because it is such a huge and eclectic collection of weird stories.

    Bonus, it has short stories from both Gaiman and Shirley Jackson. And Harry Potter for the second first time would be amazing! Either that or Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore. Both wonderful books that I simply fell head over heels in love with. It is the only event in her life more awkward than her first kiss or the loss of her virginity. I still read it once a year. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michele Magorian. This book HAUNTED me for years — I checked it out every few months from my hometown library, and a couple years back bought a copy for my grown-up self.

    It was still just as good. Devil in the White City, just fascinating, both the building of the Chicago Worlds Fair and the serial killer in its midst. Tigana by Guy Gauvriel Kay, fantasy story, but the exploration of what primal loss does do a country, and to individuals, is sad and beautiful. There are more. I am sure that is spelled all wrong. He had savings after all. Sunshine by Robin McKinley.

    Honestly, my favorite books are yours because they are the only ones that have sent me into giggle fits! I have to go with Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian the ending left me breathless honestly it got me totally did not see it coming. I always choose that one as gifts for kids! Hard to choose but i loved The Catcher in the Rye by J. Favorites are The Giver and Little Women. Small town life, compassionate characters and just a lovely, beautiful read. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich for a good non-fiction which is still timely re: economics, welfare, minimum wage, etc. For fiction: Harry Potter.

    I HAD to find out if the man that killed the little girl was caught. I read it in less than 24 hours, and no book ever had me hooked like that one did. I am amazed that there are book suggestions. Someone should make a website with this list. Warm bodies — Isaac Marion A romance novel where the main character is a zombie and his love interest still has a heartbeat it might seem just a bit too cheesy or over the top.

    Especially after the film adaptation that really up played the romance and really downplayed all the ducked up parts. But the language that the author uses is so fucking beautiful and intricate and makes me want to eat it up with a spoon. But when I open my mouth, everything collapses.

    Definitely Adverbs by Daniel Handler. I read it kind of on a whim and the way the story is told has forever warped how I thought stories should be told. So many incredible works out there. House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. Jenny, your books are my all-time favorites. I will not lend them to anybody they are sacred they actually saved my life. More than anything I would love to read a new book from you! Or for a good laugh the early stuff by Terry Pratchett, or of course Furiously Happy by a little known but aspiring author called Jenny Lawson.

    I still think about it to this day! Kitten Goodman, I was thrilled to see this as your choice, too! My mom kept a copy in her car for years, just in case she got stuck somewhere. I finally read it about 10 years ago, and it warms me to think about it. I can still picture everything in my mind. Gothic and mysterious and beautifully written! You gave depth and dimension to feelings, fears and emotions making them tangible and all with a sense of humor. I have shared your books with friends and family.

    I have alot of books but honestly Sharp objects is one I really wish I could reread that one like new every time. The other I would say is the divergent series. And it was a series I was able to share and read with my teen son and talk about. Renegades is another we have shared and loved. Actually one of my favs is Memoirs of a Geisha. Great story — I loved it and I have read many many books like you I am a voracious reader! It is not a recent book but still a favourite.

    That would definitely be Guards! It was the first fantasy book that I read when my dad gave it to me when I was 8. A lot of the jokes went over my head but I still loved it. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. I read it in high school for AP Lit and found it in a box recently and reread it, and it was a totally different book as an adult. Love the unconventional organization of time and the mystical cultural elements. I have a bad memory, especially after pregnancy, which is apparently a good thing in regards to books!

    I can read a book, wait a bit of time 5 years? Sweet, huh?! I am looking forward to re-reading all of your books again soon! The Other by Thomas Tyron. A truly different horror story that has stood the test of time. So sad I can never read it again for the first time. Broke my heart over and over again, each time I read it. I laughed and cried. The mists of avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley or anything by Bill bryson. Seriously any travel book that it all went wrong on trip.

    They get you out of yourself and you laugh til you cry. Ooh ooh also most of Spaulding grays book. His story, and the story of his family, is incredible. Months after listening to it, I still think of it daily. I just called it Thursday and was a bit disappointed to not hear what special day it was until after classes. Too many books to erase. Discovered the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, werewolves oh my! The long, dark tea-time of the soul by Douglas Adams is a favorite. I always revisit books that make me laugh like yours!

    The Spider and the Fly. By: Claudia Rowe. This is like asking me what is my favourite vital organ. There are so many options and it feels traitorous to choose just one. We agreed on The Mysterious Benedict Society.