My “Secret Subject” is:
Sell me your favorite book.
It was submitted by the wonderful lady behind The Momisodes
(Thank you for such a fabulous subject! Though it was a tough one!)
My favorite book. What?! I thought we were not supposed to pick favorites. Oh wait. Is that just kids? Well, in some ways books were my kids for many years. I love books with a depth that reaches my soul. I am a reader. I am a writer. Books are just sort of part of me. So, picking a favorite is not as easy as it would seem. "Where the Red Fern Grows", "She's Come Undone", "Wuthering Heights", "Yesterday I Cried", so on and so on. Gosh. Pick one and sell it to you.
"She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb. It's on Oprah's Book Club. Sold? No? Oy.
The reason I am a writer, the reason I do this, the reason I don't stop doing this... "She's Come Undone" by Wally Lamb. This book is the reason I started writing my words and thoughts down. It is the reason I started writing poetry. It is the reason I have written the novels, I have written (and kept hidden). Whenever I get the nerve to one day submit some of my work for publishing, will be this book. The reason I face life's difficulties and just keep going, is this book.
It is truly a book that I feel everyone should read. Once, twice, twenty times. It is a difficult read in some ways. Wally does not sugarcoat it. He just tells the story bluntly and perfectly. He touches on some really tough subjects. There is rape, obesity, a broken family, suicide attempts, abortion... There is a lot of depth to it. There is also beauty and hope in the darkness. It is really just a well written book.
I have dealt with a lot in my lifetime. I think my life mirrors this book more than I would like it to, but I am okay with that. Life cannot be all roses, there needs to be thorns, so we can appreciate the roses. It truly is a wonderful book. Yes, it has a darkness to it, but as with life, the darkness is accompanied by light.
If you have not already read it, I strongly recommend it. If you have read it, what do you think about it? Everyone I have ever discussed it with, has loved it.
If you do decided to read it (because I sold it so well), please let me know your thoughts, once you've read it! I have decided that I am going to read it. Again. It is so worthy of reading several times.
Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts. Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:
I think I would have had to put all my favorite books into categories, even then it would have been so hard for me. Going to have to check this book out, always looking for new ones to read.ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you can add it to your favorites!Delete
I'm gonna have to add this book to my "To read" list!ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you love it!Delete
The best books are those you can relate to. You did a great job of selling this one.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I hope so. It's a great book.Delete
I have never read this one but now I HAVE to!!!! Great job!!!
Aw. Thank you! I hope you love it.Delete
I've never read it, but now I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation. I'd have a really though time picking my favorite book too!ReplyDelete
Yay. I hope you love it!Delete
I haven't been a good book reader these past years. Whenever I am back, I hope I will remember to pick up a copy of "She's Come Undone"!ReplyDelete
One of my favorites - if I had to sell one - is "les jeux sony faits" by Jean-Paul Sartre. It is about two people who died but shouldn't have because they were supposed to meet and love each other. They get the chance to go back to life and try and do just that.
I don't read nearly enough these days. That sounds like an excellent book!Delete
Thank you so much for telling us about this book and also the influence it had on you and your desire to write.ReplyDelete
It was my pleasure. Thank you for reading!Delete
I don't know if I could have picked.ReplyDelete
I have never heard of that book until today but your passion did sell me on it.
Yay. It was hard to pick, so I went with the one that had the biggest impact.Delete
Headed to the library~ I don't think I could pick just one book. Too much of a reader myselfReplyDelete
I hope you love it!Delete
I'm not familiar with this book and I'm an avid reader, I will have to look it up.I have SOOO many favorites I don't think I can pick just one.ReplyDelete
I hope you love it!! It was hard to pick. Picking favorites in music, books, and movies... definitely difficult.Delete
SOLD! Going on my list right now.ReplyDelete