Requested by @ChrisK
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.
  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.