When I started compiling this year’s list of favorite books, I found it pretty easy to choose which books to include. Because twenty books made the list, I’m splitting my post into two parts: children’s books and those for adults. The list isn’t in any particular order and behind each title is the publication year. By reading my lists, I hope you find a few books that you want to add to your TBR list. Enjoy.
Beloved by Toni Morrison. (1982) A magnificent book about the horrors of slavery. This is a book that you want to read with a highlighter or notebook next to you because the prose is just so beautiful.
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose. (1954) One of the most powerful plays to have ever won the Pulitzer Prize. It’s about class and opportunity.
Fences by August Wilson. (1983) One of my favorite plays ever.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. (2007) If you haven’t read this, you need to. It’s about Dominican history, passion, and finding the courage to love no matter what the consequences are.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. (2010) The story of a girl who discovers she has the power to know the emotions of others through the food they make.
Blankets by Craig Thomspon. (2003) Blankets is unlike any graphic novel I have ever read. The true story of Thompson’s teenage years and his first love is so heartbreaking but beautiful.
Bayou Vol. 1 by Jeremy Love. (2010) A very Alice-in-Wonderland-like world set in 1920s Charon, Mississippi that has one of the best female protagonists ever. Heather from The Capricious Reader calls it’s a “Southern fairytale” and I have to agree.
So that’s part one of my list. I hope you come back tomorrow to read part two. Have you read any of the books on my list?