This week’s RTW prompt over at YA Highway: “In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray has to relive the same day over and over. What books would you pick to read over and over for the rest of your life?”
Ooh, what a fun question. I think I’ve already made my eternal devotion to HP pretty clear, so let’s just consider those seven books givens. Other than them…
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, & Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins)
Also fairly obvious choices, given both my personal fan-girling and that of the entire YA universe, but I couldn’t leave them out. They’re intense, juicy, keep-you-up-all-night reads; I only finished Mockingjay a week or so ago and I’m already looking forward to revisiting the whole trio. TEAM PEETA FOREVER.
Matched (Ally Condie)
Another one I wanted to dive into again as soon as I’d reached the last page. A seamless blend of compelling plot and gorgeous language, Condie’s debut is a true treat of a book from start to finish. I cannot wait for the sequel!
The Tiger In The Well and The Golden Compass (Philip Pullman)
My favorite installments in Pullman’s Sally Lockhart and His Dark Materials series, respectively — the former primarily because of the swooniest intellectual romance ever committed to paper (Daniel Goldberg, will you marry me?) and the latter primarily because, well, it’s The Golden Compass! (I try to pretend the movie adaptation never happened.) Pullman was one of the first authors I remember being directly inspired by. Not only is he an astonishingly inventive and gripping writer, he is a champion of strong female characters, and for that especially I will always love him.
Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
I can’t even count how many times I’ve reread this book, and every time I revisit it I find something new to relate to, chuckle at, or be moved by. The reigning queen of YA “issue” books, Anderson makes powerful points without ever getting preachy.
Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings (Megan McCafferty)
I was a faithful reader of McCafferty’s whole Jessica Darling series, but the first two books will always be my favorites. Like Speak, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve gone back to these books — sometimes just for a few happy-making pages, sometimes to devour them in their entirety all over again. They’re funny and poignant and endlessly re-readable.
What are your picks?