Contributed by Emily Savant, Staff Reviewer
To the books that haunt my soul even years after reading them,
Here’s to you.
Dinner at the Panda Palace by Stephanie Calmenson. Do you remember me? I still have a well-used copy of you that I got in 1994. I was only three, but you were my favorite. My mom can still recite you. I recently found a YouTube video of your creator, Mrs. Calmenson, reading it and completely fell in love all over again. A story about counting, mostly, but also about being kind. Thank you for starting my love of literature off right.
The Hole in the World by Sid Hite. Oh, you. You heartbreaking thing, you. You were a gift from my mom when I was in 6thgrade. I remember I took you with me on a weekend trip to my grandparents’ house. I remember I read instead of spending time with them, and years later, I now regret doing this as I missed out on precious time with my grandfather who is no longer with us. Kind of an appropriate book for such a feeling. Thank you for being there, though. At the time I definitely needed you.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Thank you for rooting my love for long, beautifully written stories. And then breaking my heart. Thanks for that too, I guess. (p.s.: you were made into a major motion picture! And, surprisingly, it is just as amazing).
The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen and The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Ah, you two. Beautiful love stories about family that made me want to hug my own. Thank you for making me feel at home. (also, please take note from the one above and be made into a movie because that is something I NEED!).
Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I think you speak for yourself. Although I started reading your series very late in life (I’m still currently reading Order of the Phoenix), I get the hype and only wish I had read it sooner. Thank you for making me feel the magic of being a kid again.
The Experiment in Terror series by Karina Halle. Thank you for letting me relate to you so much. I’ve never seen myself in a book more than I did in Darkhouse. Mostly just the life stuff and none of the paranormal stuff. I don’t relate in that department. Mostly. I was in a difficult place in my life at the time I stumbled upon you in the free section of Amazon Kindle. Thanks for showing me I’m not alone in my struggles. (ps: thanks for giving me an “adult” book that didn’t completely make me cringe).
The Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong and The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade and Project Five Fifteen by Samantha Summers. Thank you for showing me that I can DEVOUR a series. And if it hasn’t been completed, how very impatient I can be. Also, thank you for Jacob, Will and Kalen.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I suppose I have you to thank the most. I’m sure everyone else on this list is like “eh, what the heck is this? We don’t belong with the likes of sparkly vampires.” But you’re the book that restarted my love of reading when I was 16. Before my friend shoved her worn copy of you into my hands and forced me to read it, I hadn’t read anything for 3 years. THREE. YEARS. And now I realize how many awesome books I missed in those long 3 years and I’m still catching up. Although, I fear there is no catching up. So thank you for being addictive enough that I read all 4 books in 2 weeks. And I’m thankful for that because it means I will never have to read you again.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You’re the books (well, some of you) that I will pass on to my kids and share with the world .The Ones I love.
Forever and Always,
Emily Savant is a 24 year old small town government worker. Lover of cooking. And eating. And repeating. Obsessed with at least 10 TV shows. She loves to run with her dogs (she means the animal kind and not her dawgs). Obviously, she loves to read and this obsession is making her room quite crowded.