Requested by Chris Kubica

My Five Favorite Novels (and Why)

Most of these are books I read as a child/teenager. I have a hard time picking favorite books or movies that I don't have nostalgia for. Also I believe that you can't finish a book & immediately declare it a favorite. You have to ruminate on it for a really long time. When I finish a book, I'm not done with it. If it stays with me, it's a favorite.
  1. Harry Potter
    The entire series as a whole. I genuinely believe that I would be a different person had I never read these books, or if I had read these books later in life. The most important thing you can ask someone expressing romantic interest in you is "can you name all of the Weasley children?" Because I will not date you if you can't and that's that.
  2. The Outsiders
    This was the first book I read for school that I had an emotional connection with. Up until then, no mandatory books mattered.
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird
    Like The Outsiders, this was a mandatory book that I was hooked on from page one. I remember going over the mandatory page assignments every night, and I finished the book before my classmates and for weeks had to wait for them to catch up. Then my grandmother gave me a copy of my own, and when she learned I had read it for school she was upset, but I was THRILLED to have my own copy.
  4. The Shack
    I am not a religious person, though I suppose I am a spiritual one, whatever that means. I haven't read this book in years, and I should since the specifics are kind of hazy, but I remember sobbing and feeling renewed after I read it. I gift this book to people when they are dealing with the loss of a loved one.
  5. The Book Thief
    I love this book because I love books, and I have a weird interest in reading every novel with some kind of WW2 setting.
  6. BONUS FAVORITE NOVEL BECAUSE THE BOOK THIEF MADE ME REMEMBER IT AND I'M NOT DELETING ANY
  7. Number The Stars
    This was my first favorite book ever. I bought it on a whim at one of those scholastic book fairs that would come to your school every year and set up shop in your library. I devoured this book quickly, and I'm pretty sure it's why I am so obsessed with WW2 novels. The was the first "heavy" book I read. It was probably the first book to make me cry.