So there was recently a post on Facebook that asked you to list ten books that have affected you in some way. I started my list with Great Expectations and The House of Mirth, two books I adore, but didn’t read until I was in my 30s. I had to add A Night to Remember by Walter Lord because that started my fascination (obsession) with the Titanic. Gone with the Wind is there too because growing up in the south, every girl I knew read it and – it makes me a little sick to say this - we all wanted to be more like Scarlett.
On Facebook you’d tag people and get to see their lists and they were fascinating (Gone with the Wind turned up on several lists, by the way). I realized I’d forgotten A Wrinkle in Time and Charlotte’s Web. Another book that appeared on several lists was Time and Again by Jack Finney. What? I’d never heard of Time and Again. Jack Finney’s name sounded familiar (he wrote the novel, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) but people on Facebook kept going on about Time and Again (“Time and Again is one of the best time travel novels EVER.”). So, duh, I had to get it.
How did I not read this book? Once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Seriously, it stuck to my fingers. I told my family they were on their own until I was done reading. (Well, not quite that bad, but almost.) The plot - as part of a government program, Si Morley goes back in time to New York City in 1882. Yeah, sounds good, right?
So how many other great books are out there in the world we’ve missed? Someone needs to start a list.