At a party recently, a lovely woman named Tamara told me that last Christmas she asked her close friends and family members to give her a copy (new or kindly used) of a favorite book, and to write on the inside jacket why.
She received a large pile, and is still leisurely reading them, and, she said, having a personal experience with each gift giver as delves into his/her favorite book.
I absolutely love this idea! And while it is not the right time in my life to try it, I mentioned it to the Buzz Girls and we thought it would make a fun blog week. So one by one, we’ll talk about which book we would choose and why. (And you may even see a book giveway or two.)
I am hard-pressed to cite “my favorite book,” as I have loved so many at different times in my life. But I don’t think I could go wrong with Jodi Picoult’s Plain Truth.
The story of an Amish teenager who may or may not have given birth in a barn, it has all the elements of a fantastic read to me: beautiful, put-the-book-down-and-sigh prose, jump-off-the-page characters, unexpected twists, a glimpse into another world, and thought provoking topics. It is definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Has anyone else read Plain Truth? Or would you like to suggest a book you’d give as a gift?
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