This week’s prompt was a little tricky for me because it’s been a while since I’ve received a memorable book recommendation. I can be a bit picky about what I read, so I definitely don’t blame anyone for that. It’s just hard for some folks to figure out my tastes well enough to recommend things I end up loving.
These recommendations were all hits, though! They’re loosely arranged by how old I was when they were first recommended to me.
Title and Author: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
by C.S. Lewis
Who Recommended It: My uncle sent this entire seven-book series to me when I was in elementary school. I adored it immediately.
Title and Author: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Who Recommended It: I believe my fifth grade teacher recommended it during or after we did a history unit on the Holocaust. Anne’s stories about living in hiding as well as the truth about what happened to her gave this era a personal touch that made it easier for my young mind to grasp the horrors of it all.
Title and Author: Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Who Recommended It: My ninth grade English teacher. She didn’t recommend this specific book, but she did an in-depth unit on his work in general that turned me into a lifelong fan of his stories.
Title and Author: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Who Recommended It: A book display at my high school library. I knew nothing about this author or tale, but I thought I’d give it a try. Jane won me over from the beginning.
Title and Author: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Who Recommended It: A high school study hall teacher. She had a shelf filled with books for us to read if we’d finished all of our homework. I picked this title out from it and was mesmerized from the first page.
Title and Author: Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
Who Recommended It: My aunt. She had a large personal library that I was allowed to borrow books from while she was away at college and later graduate school, and I believe this was one of the titles she thought I’d particularly enjoy. Yes, she was completely right.
Title and Author: The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison
Who Recommended It: A librarian at the local public library if my memory is correct. I’d mentioned enjoying Beloved, and she immediately told me to read this next. I’m glad I listened to her!
Title and Author: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Who Recommended It: A coworker. I asked him for recommendations of Canadian books at some point after I moved up here, and this was one of his ideas.
Who Recommended It: The same coworker who recommended Indian Horse. I enjoyed both of these titles.
Who Recommended It: A display of new Canadian books at one of the Toronto Public Library branches. I borrowed it with no knowledge of who the author was and had a great time reading it.