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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith
I have loved this book with my whole heart for many years. Quotes from this book come back to me like bible verses and I'm so grateful for that! A must-read for sure!!
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The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
It is such a lovely summer read with an important message.
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Matilda
Roald Dahl
My third-grade teacher, Mrs. Bastian read this book to us in hallways and in-between classes because school was ending too quickly. I was as enthralled then as I am now following this story. And I loved seeing the movie Matilda in theaters when I was a kid - Mrs. Bastian took the whole class that ye...show more
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The Diary of a Young Girl
Anne Frank
Yearning is captured so well here - it will always be a classic. I remember feeling so close to her when I read this at age 12 or so.
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The Phantom Tollbooth
Norton Juster
A must read for everyone on the planet in my mind. :)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling
I, like so many, grew up on Harry Potter and have returned again and again to the moral lessons of the series. The comforting triumphs and all-too-familiar challenges that the characters discover as they come of age made me feel like Hogwarts was my home, too. I know that's a truth I will rely on th...show more
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Desert Solitaire
Edward Abbey
Written in the middle of the 1960s, yet composed largely from journals kept a decade earlier during the author’s summers as a backcountry ranger at the Arches National Monument (“among,” as he puts it, “the hoodoo rocks and voodoo silence of the Utah wilderness”), Desert Solitaire evokes the paradox...show more
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The Awakening
Kate Chopin
I was shook by this book as a young woman - it really made me vigilant about anyone seeing my life as small - I feared the overwhelming feelings of pointlessness, even worthlessness that made this woman walk into the water...
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The Poisonwood Bible
Barbara Kingsolver
The greatest book I've ever read in my estimation. A joy to breathe in every time that I do.
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Madeline
Ludwig Bemelmans
And inside... I'm BIG! :)
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Judy Blume
I read this at age 12 and felt so seen!
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Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
I remember as a child agreeing with the dangers this book preached against. Always will be worth another read for me.
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
I've always been moved by this book and I'm so glad I read it at a young age.
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The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown
I agree that it's worth being on this list because it is a thrill to read even if it doesn't reflect reality. It's suspenseful and inspires wonder about the world around you and I think that's always a good thing.
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Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Clement Hurd
This book will always make me feel safe and loved - it takes me right back to my book-loving and her sister, my wonderful aunt. :)
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Between the World and Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
I will never forget this book - I was so moved by it. It was a wonderful way to give me an idea of how powerful the feeling is of wanting to protect your own body from harm - and to need to be vigilant about it nearly every second of one's life - when you are a person of color.
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