Last week, I was challenged by my friend Jera to participate in the #BookCoverChallenge, posting a picture of a book I love, with no explanation, each day for seven days, tagging a new friend as I do.
If you follow this blog, you know I like talking about books, so no explanation was not easy for me. That’s why I thought I’d share my picks here, along with a quick note about why I chose them (and you should too).
Cress is the third book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, but it’s my personal favorite because it centers around my favorite characters in the series, Cress and Thorne. It’s also the book where the pieces Meyer put in place in the first two books start to really come together, which is always an exciting point in any story.
2. And Then There Were None
If you remember my picks for The Great American Read last summer, you’ll know why I love this book. Agatha Christie wrote a lot of great mysteries, but I’d say this one is her best (and clearly the folks at PBS agree), and the end managed to really spook me! I also have many fond memories of performing the play in high school, so I couldn’t resist using the post to challenge one of my former co-stars.
3. Dr. Franklin’s Island
I’m not sure how many lists I’ve recommended this book on at this point, but I’m pretty sure it’s a lot. Part survival story, part science-fiction, I’ve read this book many times over since I first found it at a sixth grade book fair—so many times and I don’t even necessarily read it chronologically any more. I just jump in to the part I’m in the mood for and go from there.
4. The Man Who Came to Dinner
I know it’s not technically a book, but I did read it, it does have a cover, and I do love it, so I think it meets enough of the challenge’s requirements. Kaufman & Hart wrote a number of great plays, but The Man Who Came to Dinner is my personal favorite. There’s so much chaos going on, but unlike their more commonly known work You Can’t Take It With You, this one is bigger than eccentric family chaos—family, work, and personal drama all meet celebrity level chaos as curmudgeonly radio host Sheridan Whiteside breaks his leg and is forced to convalesce in the normally quite home of the Stanley family. I got to perform this one in high school, and I loved that despite how large the cast was, it’s very well balanced so that even those characters that don’t have many scenes or lines still get the chance to make big impressions, because it’s the presence of their constant comings and goings that really makes the play.
5. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia was another pick I championed during The Great American Read, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is my favorite of the series, which I’ve enjoyed as both a child and an adult. Every kid has the fictional world they’d like to visit most, and Narnia was mine—I even got pretty close since I got to perform in the play version in junior high.
6. Warm Bodies
I watched the movie first and thought it was fun, so I was eager to give the book a try. I think one of the reasons this book stuck with me was because I went into it with such simple expectations based on that movie—a light, but clever zombie spin on Romeo & Juliet—and ended up getting so much more. Warm Bodies has some surprising depth, and I love how it explores and examines just what it is that separates human from monster.
7. Beauty Sleep
What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good fairytale re-telling, and Cameron Dokey is good at writing them. Beauty Sleep is the first of her books that I came across in middle school, and I loved the simultaneously logical and balanced, yet wild and unpredictable concept of magic she presents in it. I re-read it close to once a year through junior high and high school, and I’ll still pick it up as a relaxing poolside read from time to time.