I spent awhile looking back through the 54 books I read in 2012 and tried to pick the 5 that impacted me the most. You know, those 5 books that, once I read one, I just wanted to grab everyone by the collar and say, “Read this book! It will change your life!” Here they are:
The book moved me to tears. At the end of the book Helene tells a friend visiting London, “If you happen to pass by 84, Charing Cross Road, kiss it for me. I owe it so much.” After reading this book, I should like to give it a kiss myself! I felt my love of literature, letter writing, and lyrical prose refreshed after reading this book.
As I finished the book I literally could not move from my chair. I was sitting outside in the spring and shaking from the cold (or was it because of the book?); Elliott went and got me a blanket because I couldn’t bear to stop reading for one moment. I loved it so much that it was my November/December choice for my book club, Read the Change. And now I’ve said enough… go read it!
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