Good morning! How is everyone today? We are good. The baby is snoozing and I am enjoying a cup of strong coffee and the panoramic view of the sunrise over the peanut field behind my house. It's a great day to be alive, isn't it?
I love the four B's- Baking, Babies, Blogs and Books. It's the last B I haven't found much time to talk about. SO I think I will be talking more about the books I have read as of late. But today I want to talk about five books I love.
1. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. It is about a young cab driver in Australia who stops a bank robbery only to have his own life changed drastically through mysterious playing cards he gets in the mail. Each card has a message the young man must decipher. In the process he is required to help and sometimes hurt others.
This is my favorite book. I currently have two copies on my shelf- one ready to hand to a friend.
2. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This one is a classic. I love it. This is how Amazon describes it: Mrs. Maxim de Winter recalls the chilling events that transpired as she began her new life as the young bride of a husband she barely knew. With an eerie presentiment of evil tightening her heart, the second Mrs. de Winter walked in the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, determined to uncover the darkest secrets and shattering truths about Maxim's first wife—the late and hauntingly beautiful Rebecca.
3. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman the author of Coraline . This is a children's book. (I have a soft spot in my hear for children's books.) It is about a little boy whose family is murdered. I know, I know- that doesn't sound like a children's book. But stick with me here, okay? The boy crawls his way to a nearby graveyard where he is raised by its "residents." The children's novel is heavily inspired by The Jungle Book . When my baby is older, much older, like 12, we will read this book together.
4. Gods in Alabama by Johsilyn Jackson. I love all of her books. All of them. I have all but one of them signed (first edition). And last year I was privileged to interview her. You can read that interview here.
5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This was a book we anticipated in this house. Green announced he would be signing all preorders and posted several videos about it on his regular YouTube Channel. He has written several books that I love. (Yes, I also have a soft spot for Young Adult fiction. And I bet you do too. Hunger Games anyone.)
This is a beautiful story about two teens living with cancer. It is about pain and first love and death and longing and beauty and growth and the age of being in between. It lovely and haunting and when I was finished reading it I just laid in my bed and thought of the characters. Days later I was driving and my husband said something and I just began thinking about the characters again. It's a book that sticks with you. Just like a good story should.
What are your favorite books?
Without further ado. Here are this week's fab five favorites in no particular order!
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