Bonjour, lovely readers! I am beyond honored that Elizabeth asked me to guest post for her while she’s scribbling away for NaNo. I have admired her blog and her writing for quite some time now. Best of wishes in your writing endeavor, Elizabeth!
I am an avid bibliophile. Since I was just a wee lass, my mother has cultivated within me a love for reading, and I have taken that love to outnormous depths (can anyone say bookaholic?). Be it historical fiction, classics, modern tales, or biographies, literature has become a wonderfully huge part of my life. To me, books are no longer just words on paper put together in a binding, but friends. Friends I could not imagine living without! The characters are as real and alive to me as anything. I get lost in their stories, cry at their defeats, and rejoice in their triumphs.
But not only do books provide me with a wealth of new acquaintances, they also teach me. They inspire me. They challenge me. Not every book can do this, but there are a choice few in my life who have touched me far and above all the rest.
1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. This was the first classic book to make me weep. The story of Jean Valjean resonated within my soul like none other. What a beautiful story of redemption, sacrifice, love, and loyalty. The treasures and values which can be gleaned from Les Miz are countless, and to add to that, it’s simply an amazing, gripping story. I know Les Miz like the back of my hand, and I could probably sing all the songs in my sleep. But no matter how many times I read this book, I will always find myself crying, cheering, and trembling with emotion from the magnificence and wonder that is Les Miserables.
2. The Last Sin Eater by Francine Rivers. This is the only book on this list which isn’t a classic, although it very well should be. Francine Rivers is my favorite modern author, and The Last Sin Eater is her best work. This story moved me, and the characters lived and breathed. By the end, I was crying and inadvertently smearing mascara on the pages. This is the most triumphant, life-changing book I’ve ever read, and it’s all told from the perspective of a ten-year-old girl who is seeking redemption. And if you’ve seen the movie and didn’t really think it was that great, trust me: the book is way, way better.
3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Who can help but be endeared to darling Anne Shirley with her striking red hair, impulsive ways, and rash temper. Anne of Green Gables is so precious to me because it reminds me that no matter how old I get, there will always be a bit of a child inside me. Anne shows me what it means to be imaginative and to seek out the good in every situation. Of course, she has her faults (as do we all), but she is always striving to correct them and improve herself, even down to the color of her hair. :) Anne of Green Gables is one of those timeless stories
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Every man, woman, and child on this earth should read Little Women. Does any other book so strongly impress the meaning and importance of family? The March clan is a tight-knit bunch, and they so remind me of my dear family, and what I want my own future family to look like. The Marches may laugh and joke and tease each other, but when the need arises, they come together to walk through hard times side by side. Little Women perfectly demonstrates the bond of family and the bond of love. Oh, no. Little Women is not simply for girls.
5. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. How fitting this ghostly little book should be on my list as we are currently approaching the Christmas season! I can’t thank Charles Dickens enough for writing A Christmas Carol. Not only is it a delightfully descriptive and warm and welcoming book, but it emphasizes the beauty and value of having a generous heart and a giving soul. Cantankerous as he is at the beginning, Ebenezer Scrooge is one of my favorite literary characters. A Christmas Carol is one of those books that lifts the spirit and gives one hope and joy. And by the end, I bet I’m not the only one who feels like rushing out into the streets on a crisp, snowy day just to shout, “God bless us, everyone!”
So tell me… what are your literary treasures?
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Heya! I’m Petie, an aspiring author, wanna-be Brit, and die-hard Okie country girl. I love my Jesus with all I am, and I take great pleasure in good books, laughter, the color red, and coffee. I blog over at All Things Bright and Beautiful. Come visit me, yes? I love to make new friends. Cheers!