This has to be the hardest post yet.
Do you read? If you do, what is your 3 fave books?
But I thought you love to read Hanis.
But I can't choose 3 favourites without 5 more tumbling after.
How do I define favourite?
By the number of times I read it?
Then Harry Potter 5 and 6 will be 2 of the 3.
By how I was affected by the book?
Mario Puzo's The Family and a handful of Jodi Picoult's books will be there.
By how excited I was in getting the book into my hands?
Once again, the Harry Potter books and the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
This is so not helping.
Here's three books that I feel one should read. Because I love those books, regardless of the number of times I've read them. And perhaps because I learned things from them.
1. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I bought this book when I was 13. What is it about? About keeping oneself optimistic even in the darkest night. When your only friends are a rat, the scullery maid in the other side of the attic and a scared girl in a room below.
Why do I like this book? Sara Crewe is a child, who even in her hardest times didn't grew to be cynical or jaded.
2. Mercy by Jodi Picoult
You have one married couple where the terminally ill wife makes her husband kill her. And you have the other married couple, the sheriff husband who yearns but to travel who falls in love for his wife's assistant at her florist shop.
Yeah, it sounds depressing. I cried reading this. A lot of time. I don't agree with the infidelity. I cried for the wife. I cried for the first husband, especially when he says his wife was selfish. All she cared about was ending her pain, not caring that her husband will be in big trouble for killing her.
This book taught me the 70-30 concept.
"I just don't want to hurt him,"
A smile stole across Jamie's face, so completely transforming him that Allie would have not recognised him if she'd seen him on the the street.
"Then you're the one,"
Allie blinked at him.
"The one what?"
"The one who loves more. You know it's never fifty-fifty in a marriage. It's always seventy-thirty or sixty-forty.
Someone falls in love first.
Someone puts up someone else on a pedestal.
Someone works very had to keep things rolling smoothly.
Someone else sails along for the ride.
I'm the one like you," Jamie said.
"The one who fell first. The one who would do anything to keep it the way it was at the beggining,"
3. Anybody Out There? by Marian Keyes.
If you read chick-lit, read any books by Marian Keyes. Her books are often filled with dark themes which makes them better than those sugar floss books.
This book made me cry. Yes, again. You start reading about a woman moping around after a terrible accident, often calling her boyfriend but to no answer. You're bound to think what a jerk.
Halfway through, you'll find out that it is actually her husband she keeps sending emails to, unread and calling to hear his voice message and that he actually died in the accident.
Denial. She didn't accept that. Then she went on a journey to find his spirit because she believe he wanted to tell her something. The last chapter made me cry. It was bitter sweet. She finally moved on after a dream about him. And when she woke up, a butterfly was flying around, landing on their wedding picture, his couch and finally on her nose. It was saying goodbye to her.
So, yes, all of those books have people dying. And of people moving on. And of me crying. I just love them. Like, amazingly love them. Read them.
Mozart's choice would probably be more deeper.