Two of my natural habitats are my local library and a bookstore which is situated by a lake. In both places, I have a cozy place to sit with a gorgeous outdoor view, the opportunity to quaff a refreshing beverage and the ability to saunter through the books created by other writers.
Many of these books are even lucky enough to accompany me home after they beg me in a sufficiently pleading manner. Some of them I read only once and pass on to somebody else, while others have an irresistible pull that have me coming back to read them again and again. And again. It’s an addiction. There is no cure. Except perhaps with chocolate. Chocolate cures just about everything.
So which of these books have that magic touch that have me so addicted? Here is my top ten list of irresistible books that I think everybody should read at LEAST once in their lifetime (okay, okay, people, you can use the Cliff Notes, but only if absolutely necessary):
1. The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain (“Is, ah…is he dead?” “Oh, sacre bleu, been dead three thousan’ year!”)
2. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë (Girl gets kind but rude guy, with crazy stuff going on in the mansion.)
3. Persuasion, by Jane Austen (Girl gives up guy under pressure, guy goes away, guy returns wealthy and successful, guy gets girl again.)
4. Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens (Pip’s speech to Estella…’Nuff said.)
5. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (Having Boo Radley for a neighbor… a different type of Neighborhood Watch.)
6. The 13 Clocks, by James Thurber (An amazing fantasy tale, written after Thurber had gone blind.)
7. The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare (Headstrong girl raised in Barbados attempts to fit in with Puritan relatives in Massachusetts colony and makes friends with local witch.)
8. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (Deliciously spooky.)
9. The House of the Seven Gables, by Nathaniel Hawthorne (A great section involving a satire of Judge Pyncheon, plus the real house has a wonderful secret stairway guaranteed to delight visitors.)
10. Bridget Jones’s Diary, by Helen Fielding (Mark Darcy. Ahhh.)
And do you ever wonder what books do in the bookstore after hours? If you missed it on Mashable, check out this charming YouTube bookstore animation video created by Sean and Lisa Ohlenkamp of Toronto, Canada.