Reading Is Breathing

“Everyone is a reader. Some just haven’t found their favorite book yet.”

 Don’t you agree?

A few weeks ago, I found my very first library card. It was the one I made for my home library, but it’s my most treasured one. 

Today, I’m sharing with you my favorite books of all time. There are many more I wanted to share with you, but somehow these seven incredible books made the list.

The Heart-Keeper (Original: Le Garde Du Cœur) by Françoise Sagan

“I always believe things are going to work out.”

Françoise Sagan—a master long forgotten. I first read The Heart-Keeper when I was eleven years old during a summer vacation. Immersed in the simplicity the author brought into every sentence, I found myself reading this beautiful book over and over again.

Vilette by Charlottë Bronte

“Her eyes were the eyes of one who can remember; one whose childhood does not fade like a dream, nor whose youth vanish like a sunbeam. She would not take life loosely and incoherently in parts, and let one season slip as she entered on another: she would retain and add; often review from the commencement, and so grow in harmony and consistency as she grew in years.”

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

“Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.”

“Though her soul requires seeing, the culture around her requires sightlessness. Though her soul wishes to speak its truth, she is pressured to be silent.”

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there? But am I talking too much? People are always telling me I do. Would you rather I didn’t talk? If you say so I’ll stop. I can STOP when I make up my mind to it, although it’s difficult.”

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon

“In spring it is the dawn that is most beautiful. As the light creeps over the hills, their outlines are dyed a faint red and wisps of purplish cloud trail over them.

In summer, the nights. Not only when the moon shines, but on dark nights too, as the fireflies flit to and fro, and even when it rains, how beautiful it is!”

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

“I wondered how many people there were in the world who suffered, and continued to suffer, because they could not break out from their own web of shyness and reserve, and in their blindness and folly built up a great distorted wall in front of them that hid the truth.”

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”

“A dreamer, I walked enchanted, and nothing held me back.”

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

“I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.”

Have you read any of these books? Which one appeals most to you? And remember, if you haven’t found your favorite book yet, keep searching, keep reading and never stop learning.