The Books He Took

movingFinished with college and eager to start his new career, my son has moved halfway across the country.

Besides his laptop, tablet, multiple gaming platforms, video games, board games, clothes, textbooks, and camping gear, he took boxes of his favorite books–as well as a bookcase to hold them all.

So at this is the time of year, when lists of “Best Books”are published everywhere, I thought I’d share some of my son’s best books—the books he took. They span the years from first grade to adult.

The Books He Took

  1. Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. (He read this over and over again from first grade on.)
  2. The Secret Knowledge of Grownups and The Secret Knowledge of Grownups: The Second File by the late Caldecott Winner, David Wisniewski. (Funny for kids and adults.)
  3. Dinotopia by James Gurney
  4. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. (For months after reading this book my son wanted to go off to live alone in the woods.)
  5. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. (Thanks to his fourth grade teacher who required book reports, this turned out to be a keeper.)
  6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Borrowed from his sister and never returned.)
  7. Holes by Louis Sachar
  8. The Eye, the Ear, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
  9. The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling
  11. Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
  12. Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
  13. The Big Over Easy and The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde
  14. World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
  15. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
  16. The Far Side by Gary Larson
  17. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams
  18. Under the Dome by Stephen King
  19. The Heritage of Shannara series by Terry Brooks
  20. Numerous books by his all time favorite author, the late Terry Pratchett

My son has an e-reader and plenty of electronic gadgets at his disposal for reading. But there is nothing like the comfort of a physical book. Electronic devices morph and change rapidly. The look of the text changes. When you open a physical book, the words are in the same place on the same page where you left them several months or several years ago. Tactile senses awaken memory and a sense of well-being  thumbing through the pages of a well-worn book.

It’ll feel like coming home.

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