Which Books Do You Love?
By Karen Ballum on March 21, 2012
One of the things that I loved most about Hazel, the main character in John Green's The Fault in Our Stars was her love of books. I was also envious that she had one book, An Imperial Affliction, that she loved above all others. There are many books I love, but there is no one book that I love above all others.
It is no surprise to anyone that has read my posts here on BlogHer that I love books. I've always loved books. Yet, oddly, my teens were a kind of dry spell for me on the literary front. I read voraciously during the middle school years, but when I hit high school, I read less. I had more work to do at school, and I was one of those people who were involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. I also had a part-time job my last few years of high school, not to mention a thriving social life. I still read a lot (frequently in math class), but not like I do now.
It wasn't until my mid-twenties that I really started reading with the same regularity that I did when I was younger. I had slowly been picking it back up after working in a bookstore my final year of college, but it was really a break-up right before my 25th birthday that pushed me back to the library. That particular boyfriend? Didn't read. I mean, he could read, but he didn't really get the point of reading books for enjoyment. I think there was a certain part of me that was saying, "You didn't like it when I read? Fine. I'm going to read all the books. Take that!" (I am very mature when I'm going through a break-up, can't you tell?) It also helped that I discovered I had access to a really good library at the time. I've been lucky to have access to pretty good libraries ever since.
The kind of funny thing is that when I was a teenager, I wasn't reading a lot of books for teenagers. I picked things up here and there but mostly I read whatever books my mother had lying around the house. When I started reading young adult books as an adult, I kind of kicked my own butt. I missed a lot of great books, and I've been catching up for it since.
Which books do you love? Have you ever loved a book like Hazel loves An Imperial Affliction?
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