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A Whole New World

Every time you open a new book, you're venturing into a brand new world. That's what I love most about books. Each one has the potential to provide you with the gift of a new perspective on your own life, or on human nature in general. You just never know what wisdom awaits you on the pages you read!

These are my top five favorite books, as of today. That's the most consistent I can be, because I have so many favorites, and they change often.
1. The Help (Kathryn Stockett)
2. The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
3. The Stand (Stephen King)
4. The House of Thirty Cats (Mary Calhoun) (childhood favorite)
5. Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry)
Breezeann Breezeann 36-40, F 3 Responses Jul 5, 2010

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I completely agree with you. People think I'm a bit batty when I say that Charles de Lint's Magical Realism novels changed my life, but they really taught me to see the magic in the mundane, and to view the world in a completely different way.<br />
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I always pity people who say they find reading boring... Books really are doorways into new worlds, and non-readers don't know what they're missing.

Here are a couple of Stephen king books you might read without nightmares.<br />
The Stand (it's scary, but not in the "monster" sense of so many of his books.)<br />
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon<br />
Dark Tower series (I can't personally recommend these, because I haven't read them yet, but they seem to be hugely popular. They're kind of a sci-fi western series.)

So true. I read a lot, but have never managed to read a Stephen King book. He keeps giving me nightmares. Like fantasy, vampires, historical fiction, and crime mysteries.