The Special List–Books that Grab You and Never Let Go

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It’s the season for nominees and awards and I just finished reading CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein and realized that I have my own private sort of award’s list of special books. What is my special list? It’s not a tangible Goodreads list, although I guess it could be. It’s really more like an internal classification. It’s for the books that turn my world upside down. There are lots of books that I LOVE for a variety of different reasons that don’t make my special list. It’s not that they aren’t a variety of wonderful things, but this list–my special list— is for the stories that haunt me.  It’s for the ones that never leave me. With the special list, I can never stop thinking about them or their authors. They are the authors who I have a love/hate relationship with. I adore them, I am in awe of them and  I’m terrified that  I can never be them. But yet, I still adore them.

These are some of the books on my special list…


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These were in no particular order and this is far from being a complete list. But it’s an appetizer LOL! What is on your special list? What books grab you and never let go?

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  1. Ohhh, I have bunches of books I lovelovelove! Hmm. I plan on reading TFiOS soon, by the way. I’m currently borrowing it from a friend and everything. In no particular order, here are some books that just seem to stay with me:
    The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
    Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    Flawed by Kate Avelynn
    Touching the Surface by…YOU. (This book is so deep, and as I said–re-reading it can make me cry like a baby sometimes!)
    Night by Elie Wiesel
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor & the sequel
    Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

    Those are the ones that just popped into my head JUST THIS SECOND. I could probably list more, though. Heh. Can’t help myself.


    • I am so honored to be on that list for you. Seriously, that means so much to me. Thank you. (((((hugs))))

  2. Great list…lots of similar ones on mine. I’ve gotta add in The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. That one hit me so hard in the heart.

    • I haven’t heard about that one–what’s it about?

      • Here’s my off the cuff synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Lenny’s 19-year-old sister has very recently and unexpectedly died (I think you can see where this might have grabbed me from the start). In the midst of her grief, Lenny finds herself involved with two boys, the handsome new boy at school and her sister’s boyfriend. Through music, poetry, and ultimately love, Lenny navigates her way through the grieving process.

    • THAT BOOK. IS SO AMAZING. Tears everywhere. Love it!!


  3. Too many to list! Plus, I’m terribly afraid I’ll leave off an important book, and then I’ll feel guilty. *grin*

    I love your list, though.

  4. Love this post! Here’s my list of books that gave me a “hangover” 🙂 :

    1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
    2. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
    3. Every Day by David Levithan
    4. Touching the Surface by YOU! 🙂
    5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
    6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    7. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
    8. Black City by Elizabeth Richards
    9. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
    10. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
    11. Divergent by Veronica Roth
    12. The Selection by Kiera Cass
    13. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    14. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

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