Friday, September 23, 2016

Five Fave Books

The theme for Five Things Friday this week is my five favorite books. I'm an avid reader, and have been since age six and a half years. Reading allows me to experience new people, worlds and ideas. Narrowing down my favorite books to merely five presents a challenge. In no particular order:

1. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
I have read this book cover to cover at least four times. I love the combination of mystery, mysticism, folklore, culture, travel, loss and redemption. The stories within stories within stories are delicious.

2. Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes
I love everything I've read by Marian Keyes. This book deals with shock, loss and emotional survival. I read it just after my dad died suddenly and unexpectedly. Reading someone else's experience of grief and mourning guided me through my own loss. A thousand times, thank you, Marian Keyes.

3. The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
This book delivers mystery, adventure and heartfelt relationships falling apart. At times I empathized so strongly with the fully-realized characters that my experience was visceral.

4. The Seance by John Harwood
History, mystery, hidden passages, hidden identities, supernatural communications and dark deeds collide in this page-turner book.

5. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
Magical realism meets an epic tale of family, country, tragedy, collapse and survival in this beautiful book. I read this book in conjunction with a showing of artwork from Chilé while I served as a docent at the Blanton Museum of Art. Experiencing the artwork and this book together gave me a deeper insight into the rule of Augusto Pinochet and the horror of "the disappeared".

What are your favorite books? Leave non-spammy comments.