Oh my first favorite book was Where the Wild Things Are.
An elementary school find which captured my imagination and awakened my desire for more--for something else! It gave an awkward kid hope that she was not alone. One day I would discover "Where the Wild Things Are" and feel comfortable in my own skin. I wouldn't know until the movie was made in 2009 why I connected to the underlying darkness of Mr. Sendak's book.
The library became my home away from home. The magical place where everything in the universe connected, and I could explore those connections. Go wherever I wanted to go ...as long as I was reading. Of course, many books were read, but the next to make my favorite's list is Jacob Have I Loved.
Another on my permanent bookshelf is The Color Purple which needs no additional explanation as to why.
Have you read The Coldest Winter Ever? I'll just say I may or may not have carried this book everywhere including work and once pulling it out to read while in a traffic jam. One of the best books ever by Sister Souljah--complex characters and vivid imagery created by her words. You live in this book. For years, we were teased with a potential movie and a sequel. The sequel came 15 years later (A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story), and I even had the honor of receiving an advanced copy from the publisher last year. No review yet but so far it hasn't been able to pull me in.
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