The Booker Award

Posted Aug 30 2012, 10:34 pm in , , , , , , , ,

My friend and chaptermate, Kate Meader,  tagged me via Twitter to let me know that she was passing the Booker Award on to me. This is a fun, albeit a little difficult meme to complete, so first I’d like to thank Kate for nominating me. I agree with Kate; the title does sound very fancy, but it’s all about loving books.

The rules are simple:

1. Post my 5 favorite books of all time

2. Post the Booker Award icon

3. Nominate other bloggers to do the same.

Unlike Kate, other than reading her list, I haven’t gone out to read others’ lists (not until mine is done and published). I refuse to feel intimidated. So, first up, my list of books. This was a lot harder than I thought it would be. The books are in no particular order. It was hard enough narrowing it to 5 without having to rank those 5.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

I read this book when I was 16. Of course it was for school. All of my classmates hated it. I, however, fell in love with Holden Caulfield. This was one book that convinced me that I wanted to be an English teacher. I haven’t reread this book. I attempted to once in college, but as soon as I opened it, I knew that I would lose the magic of that memory. I was a different person and I wouldn’t see the book the same way, nor would Holden leave that same impression on me. So rather than lose that feeling, I’ve never gone back.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Now, this book I reread probably 6 times before I hit 8th grade. I loved everything about it and I can’t wait to pass it on to my daughter who is just about old enough to enjoy it. 

The Little Engine that Could

Okay, this might be cheating a little because it’s far from fancy or great literature, but this is one of my favorite books from childhood. I grew up in a house with very few books. My mother was not a reader, other than magazines. I received this book as a gift for Christmas I think. I kept this book for many years, but lost it during one of my many moves. For Christmas a few years ago, my younger brother found and bought the exact version I had as a kid. He remembered how much I loved that book because every time he wanted me to read Hansel and Gretel to him, I made him sit through The Little Engine first. I still have that copy and it’s one of my kids’ favorites. How can you not love a book that tells you anything is possible?

Bet Me by Jenny Crusie

This book is also on Kate’s list. Jennifer Crusie is the author that taught me about contemporary romance. When I started writing, my manuscripts were romantic suspense because that was what I read most. But when I had a story and characters that I needed to write (the book that is now MORE THAN THIS), and it wasn’t romantic suspense, I didn’t know what to do. So I did what any writer should do: I read. I started reading contemporary romance and never looked back. This book hooked me more than any other and it remains one of my favorites. It’s a great comfort read.

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

J.D. Robb is the pseudonym for Nora Roberts. I read a lot of Nora’s stuff before I even realized I was reading romance. Her J.D. Robb books are police procedurals set in the future. I’ve talked a lot about my love for cop shows, so it seems only natural that I would love this kind of book. But more than the cases themselves, Robb made me fall in love with really flawed and wonderful characters. Eve Dallas is damaged, but still manages to fall in love with Roarke. Roarke is one of my all-time favorite heroes. He’s sexy and smart and rich, but he has a dark past. Playing along the gray areas of life is okay with him, but he is fiercely loyal and protective. I’ve read most of the books in the series, but this first one will always be my favorite.

Now onto the bloggers I want to nominate:

1. Kat Latham

2. The Romance Man

3. Diane Capri

4. Ryann Murphy

5. Ruthie Knox

What are some of your all-time favorite books? 




3 responses to “The Booker Award”

  1. Kat Latham says:

    How awesome! Thank you so much – I really appreciate it! (And I love Bet Me and The Little Engine That Could, too. :))

  2. Kate Meader says:

    Great list, fellow Crusie lover! I’ve never gone back to Catcher either – there’s something about that first read that’s impossible to capture. And this might sound blasphemous, but I’ve only ever read one Nora. Maybe the In Death series is the place to start…I hear great things about Roarke.

    • Hi Kate, While I might find it odd that you’ve never read Nora, I wouldn’t say blasphemous. It seems like most people either really like her or really don’t. I gobbled up a bunch of her books years ago but no so much recently, mostly because I’ve found so many other great authors. Thanks again for the nomination.