My Book Collection
Here you can find a running list of all the books I have in my personal collection and why I have chosen to include them! Not every book I read becomes part of this special list – many of these books are very important to me and have specifically helped me to grow in my love for reading. Keep a lookout for future reviews on many of these. There are a lot of them, so it will take me some time to catch up.
If you have a book you think I should consider including, please let me know by leaving a comment below! I am ALWAYS looking for new books to add to my collection!
Ullman, J. R. (1988). Banner in the sky. New York, NY: Harper Trophy.
Banner in the Sky is yet another Battle of the Books novel. This one was a little more difficult for me to get through and my mom had to help some. This is due, in great part, to the fact that it is one of the first books I read that was based on fact instead of set in a fantasy world. I did, however, finish and it serves as a reminder that not all good writing has to be fictional.
Creech, S. (1998). Chasing redbird. New York, NY: Harper Trophy.
Chasing Redbird was included in a Battle of the Books contest I participated in during my middles school years. This books is part of my collection because it symbolizes my transition from hating reading to loving it, as my mother still had to do a lot of encouraging and reading aloud. It is a wonderfully simple story that still pulls at my heartstrings.
Dealing with Dragon by Patricia C. Wrede
Dealing with Dragons was a Battle of the Books required reading, an afterschool activity my mother encouraged me to participate in during my middle-school years. I actually own the three subsequent novels as well. This book, like the others, is important because it is part of the transitional period I went through during which I finally started to read books for enjoyment.
Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde
There is not another book published that I have read more times than Dragon’s Bait. In honesty, I cannot remember where I got this book, but it has been a part of my master collection since I first began reading. Dragon’s Bait was one of the first, it not the very first, books I ever read and enjoyed by myself. It also introduced me to the wonders of young adult fantasy writing.
Harry Potter (1) and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
As explained in my first post, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the first book I ever enjoyed and, as a result, is officially the beginning of my book collection. My mother forced me to listen to her read it in its entirety and her persistence (in addition to J. K. Rowling’s brilliance) formally ended my opposition to reading, opened my eyes to the joys of reading, and made me into a successful student.
Harry Potter (2) and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was the second book to be included in my collection. After my mother caught my attention with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she began encouraging me to improve my ability to read aloud with her. She and I took turns reading each chapter until we finished the book together.
Harry Potter (3) and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
The third Harry Potter book symbolized yet another vitally important step in my reading career, as it was the first book that I read completely aloud to another person. My mother has said that it was sometimes almost painful to see me struggle through each chapter, but that she had never been more proud when I finished it. This is also my favorite book within the series – I LOVE Sirius Black.
Harry Potter (4) and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire earned its place because it was the first book I ever read completely by myself. From that moment on, I was hooked on reading and I have been collecting books ever since. This is probably my second favorite from the series, as I really enjoyed the trials and seeing how each could be overcome.
The Hobbit by J. R. Tolkien
J. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was the most complicated book I had attempted to read when I was in eighth grade. While not strictly a “young adult” novel, it certainly helped to broaden the scope of my reading world and helped me to realize that I was capable of reading more complex literature.
Sachar, L. (2000). Holes. New York, NY: Scholastic.
Holes was recommended to me by my mother and we spent many an hour discussing the story line and plot together. Several of my classmates happened to read this book around the same time I did and it appeals to wide audience. Ultimately it belongs in my collection because it reminds me of good times with my mother. Be on a lookout for a review of this book and the movie!