Subscribe to my updates via email by entering your email address below:



Sponsors


more hey lady!


currently reading

  • Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1)

  • Birds of Paradise: A Novel


We will always miss you:


Love this shirt:


Website development by:

Temptation Designs

Meta



search

recent posts

did you say that outloud?

cringe worthy

categories

Words Move Me – Giveaway of Sony Reader Pocket Edition

sony reader pocket editionOh, do I have a giveaway for you.

I was approached by Digital Influence Group, a company that has teamed up with SONY Electronics Inc. to generate awareness around a new website called words move me. To generate awareness and excitement for words move me, they’re giving away a SONY Reader Pocket Edition to one of you.

Words move me is about connecting readers with the emotions they felt while reading a certain book. If I want to read an inspiring book, I can search that term and see what it brings up. (By the way, I DID search that term because I always want to be inspired, and found this: “I discovered Arty when I learned to read. He was a little fish who didn’t follow the crowd. When others swam this way, Arty swam that way. He also wanted to make a big splash in life. Arty inspired me to follow my heart, even when I had to swim alone.” The book is Arty the Smarty by Faith McNulty. That book sounds like a keeper. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

If you search “wow”, you’ll find this: “With little interest in literature, I was assigned One Hundred Years of Solitude. Wow! It ignited a passion for literature, unlocked my own creativity and opened my world to non-Western works leading to life enriching cultural exploration and adventures.” Doesn’t that make you smile? To know that One Hundred Years of Solitude opened up the world of books to someone? Doesn’t that make you want to go read the book if you haven’t?

If you search “hopeful”, you’ll find this about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: “Since age 13, this has been my touchstone. The story of Francie Nolan growing up passionate, creative, hopeful-despite poverty and tragedy in the concrete in a Brooklyn tenement. It still thrills my heart. I even named my firstborn daughter Francie Nolan.” I don’t know about you, but I’ve just moved that book to the top of my teetering TBR pile.

I’ve had lots of emotional reactions to books. In fact, you could say that’s how I choose which books to keep! I went through my books and came up with several that I wanted to document how they’d made me feel. You can check them out in this cool widget. ๐Ÿ™‚

SO! I’m sure you want to know how to win the SONY Reader Pocket Edition, right?

I’m going to make this really easy on you. Here’s the deets:

How to Enter:

  • Answer this question in the comments section: What is the one book that you’re never able to forget and what was the emotion that that book inspired?

Rules/Information:

  • One entry per person.
  • Any entry that does not follow the rules will be disqualified.
  • This contest starts on Monday, November 16, 2009 and goes through midnight PST Friday, November 20, 2009.
  • Winner will be announced on Monday, November 23, 2009.

Disclaimers:

  • SONY has empowered me to participate in this campaign and I have been compensated with a SONY Reader Pocket Editionโ„ข valued at $199.99 (I got the pink one).
  • No purchase necessary to win. Odds of winning are not increased by a purchase.

| Tags: , 146 comments »

146 Responses to “Words Move Me – Giveaway of Sony Reader Pocket Edition”

  1. Marg

    Is this contest open internationally? If it is I will come back and play along. thanks.

    trish Reply:

    Marg, this contest *is* open internationally. Go for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Jen Forbus

    Many books fit this qualification, but I’ll choose Robert Crais’ L.A. REQUIEM because I owe a large part of my love of crime fiction to his writing and this book in particular. And in all honesty it evoked many emotional responses from me. Awe would probably be the overwhelming response, though. I was awed by his courage to go against the grain. Awed by his amazing portrayal of life-like characters. Awed by the relationships between those characters. Awed by his depiction of Los Angeles. Awed by his talent to make humor work so seamlessly in a dark plot. And awed by his talent to make a world come alive with words and the way he put those words together. The characters stay in my head to this day and I sometimes have conversations with them or think about how they would be responding in given situations. They’ve become the nearest thing to friends that book characters can; how amazing is that?

  3. Cathy

    I’ll definitely be visiting the website although I’m not entering the contest. I just wanted to say, Wow! Arty the Smarty is the very first book I read all by myself when I was little. I’m glad someone else has good memories of that little book!

  4. debnance

    Easy, easy, easy. The one book I can never forget is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. It completely changed how I thought about life. I saw life as steps to get through, tasks to be completed, all rated, of course, and I had worked myself into a pretty serious downer. So when I think about ZAMM, I think elated. I felt elated about life, joyous, happy. I read it again every now and then and feel elated all over again.

  5. Deborah

    This is probably different than other choices but Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I had been reading books for years but when I picked up that one, I was immediately sucked into the story. I never really read books on wizards, witches or magic before but there they were all in one story. I feel in love with the characters, the setting, the overall magical feeling that had captured me. To this day, the entire series is one of my favorite series to read, and I can easily reread all 7 books and find new things each time. I am looking forward to being able to read those with my kids in the future.

  6. Helen

    What a tough question. I thought I would say Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Dreams, but I am going to go with The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. I read it years ago for my book group and as I began it my 6 year old daughter asked if I would read it aloud to her so I did. We both LOVED it. 3 years later she will still bring it up. The emotions it brought out: a sense of peace. We felt we knew the characters from the very start and were part of their lives.

  7. Irene Lenihan

    I think the book I will most remember is the “hunger games”. It isn’t a complicated plot but it sure does make you think about a lot of things. Mostly about how if you ‘go along to get along’ when you know things are wrong that it will only get worse. And it also made me realize that all though I am a ‘few’ years past the young adult stage there is value in reading young adult books.

  8. Jenn's Bookshelves

    Holy Moly! What a great contest. Ok, to be completely honest, as you know, I already have a Sony Reader. But, my oldest son just asked for one for Christmas. So, I am entering on his behalf. Now, to answer the question: the book that moved me most was…hmm…I’ll have to say the Tomorrow series by John Marsden. The main character, Ellie, is an extremely strong and brave young woman. While reading, I experienced her grief, her pain, and her sorrow. It’s a very powerful series, one I highly recommend.

    Ronnica Reply:

    I definitely agree with this selection! This was my favorite book as a teenager, and I think it was because I understood the emotions Ellie felt. I’ve enjoyed rereading it and the others in the series (which I hadn’t realized was a series back then)

  9. BookWhisperer

    Awesome Questions. I would have to say that one of the best books I ever read was “The Girl She Used To Be” by David Cristofano… This book was amazing because you covered tons of emotions indepence, fear, love, loathing, uncertainty, and loss….. Great book. Amazing also sold movie rights so we should see it as a film one day.

  10. nikki

    What a fabulous contest and I am sooo interested in entering! I think the book that did it for me is The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon. And my answer may be a little bit different, because it wasn’t so much the plot or the characters that really inspired me (though they were great), but it is the way that Chabon uses words. The fact that his prose IS art. You can take nearly any sentence in that book, and as it stands alone, you won’t know if it came from poetry or prose. So Mysteries of Pittsburgh inspired me to read everything else that Chabon has written, and, in turn, inspired me to name my own son after a Chabon character. So that’s my story. Michael Chabon, through Mysteries of Pittsburgh, taught me that words can entertain and have great artistic merit.

  11. Lindymc

    Wow, what a great giveaway! In thinking about books that had a strong effect on me, I went ‘way” back in my reading history. I remember reading Little Women for the first time, in grade school, and then reread it several more times. What do I think about when I think about Little Women? Warmth. Not as in temperature but as having warm, loving thoughts – about family, friends, experiences, etc.

  12. Lindsay

    Throwback to my childhood here–but Harriet the Spy made me want to both learn as much as possible about other people because they’re so dang interesting and also to keep an eye on my attitude toward them at all times because of the potential impact of words/thoughts/actions. I’m not entirely certain what the emotion here would be–careful inquisitiveness? In any case, that book remains very distinct in my mind.

  13. Jenn

    It would definitely have to be Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. I read it in high school for English and it totally turned me on to Atwood’s books. It takes place where I live and the main character is the age I was when I first read the book. Alias Grace takes a look at a famous murderess who was locked up for killing her employer (lover?) based on the interviews she gave while in prison to her psychiatrist (lover?). It is based on true events with some speculation thrown in for good measure. Alias Grace made me desperately want to know what really happened and I even went to where her victims were purportedly burried. I was so involved in the book and it has become one of my favourites.

  14. Jenny

    I think for me it would be the sense of magic that I feel when I read the Chronicles of Narnia. Those books are my very first memory of reading, and to me they never lose that glow of the miraculous. Every time Lucy steps through the wardrobe out into the snows in Narnia, I get chills.

    Fantastic giveaway!

  15. Shanyn

    Any time I see a Harry Potter book, I get filled with hope and magic. I can remember each time one of the books came out and what I was doing – these events spanning several years, of course. I am sure that in the future I will still remember these events as a way to reminisce about my childhood and my book reading.

  16. Julie

    I still have fond memories of my mom reading “I’ll Love You Forever” to me – it is a gift I always give to parents and one of my favorite kids books ever. It just brings me comfort…love it!

  17. Audrey

    AWESOMEness! How fun that you got a pink one! ๐Ÿ™‚
    One book that really moved me and that I will never forget was Memoirs of a Geisha. It’s hard to give just one emotion – awe and wonder. Fascination. Curiosity. Desire. It was really just amazing, and it sort-of covered the whole spectrum for me.

  18. Sue

    The one that has always stuck with me is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I loved the emotions I felt throughout the book. It was beautifully written and there were highs, but mostly lows. I think in the end I just felt gratitude. Gratitude for MY life. I think we all feel like we have problems, but I think I’ll keep mine.
    Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!!

  19. Heather J.

    You LUCKY thing you!!!!

    A book that will stay with me forever? THE MISTS OF AVALON

    Emotions it brought up in me? Awe, amazement, excitement, lust (is that an emotion?), sadness, and so much more

    ooh pick me pick me!!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Karen @ Planet Books

    There have been so many books in my life. I will choose the one that wrenched my heart in ways I thought only my Cocker Spaniel, Rocky, could do. MARLEY & ME was such a heartbreaking, loveable, funny, truthful and relatable book. The description of Marley’s last few hours was very similar to the way my childhood Cocker Spaniel, Maxwell, passed away and it became extremely hard to see the words because of the waterfalls that were emerging out of my eyes. I dread the day that Rocky passes away but until then, I love him, hug him and play with him with all my heart.

  21. Steph

    I am pretty sure that one book I’ll never be able to forget is one that I just read for the first time this year – Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. For such a slender little novel, it sure backed a huge punch that left me feeling like my heart had been ripped to shreds. It was a book that inspired me with how much words can capture and convey to another, but that also devastated me with some of the sad things that it revealed. A double-edged sword, and definitely one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read.

  22. Jen - Devourer of Books

    I can never, ever in a million years forget “East of Eden,” possibly because I reread it frequently. Perhaps the strongest feeling I get from that book is one of empowerment when Lee and Samuel are discussing Timshel. The idea of ‘thou mayest’ still gives me shivers.

  23. raych

    Phillip Pullman’s The Amber Spyglass broke my heart. Not at the end, which was sad, but somewhere about the middle where the kids have to leave their daemons and go into the underworld. Pullman did such a powerful job in the books leading up to this point impressing on you how horrible it would be to be separated from one’s daemon, and when it finally happened I felt totally bereft.

  24. Megan

    All I could feel after finishing Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief was incredible joy at being alive — and able to read and discuss such a powerful, moving book in the future! I’ll never forget that novel, or the way I felt changed as a person after finishing it!

  25. Michelle

    I recently read “Hate List” by Jennifer Brown and it was quite a profound experience for me. One, because I’ve always shied away from books centered around school violence and two, because I was so enthralled by the main character and her role in the crime. It was a wonderful novel about peer pressure, high school and family dynamics, and how we all deal with trauma. An excellent read!

  26. Andi

    I read The Hours several years ago, and I was endlessly touched by it. I’d just gone through a horrible breakup (my first as an adult), and I was depressed, upset, abandoned, and feeling the slightest bit hopeless. The women in The Hours had much bigger problems than my own, but I found a kinship with them. While they suffered and struggled for a time, they overcome; I ultimately found the book hopeful, and it gave me a great deal of peace and inspiration. I will never forget that book, and I itch to re-read it often.

    Good luck to all the entrants!

  27. carol

    Awesome contest. I hope you’re enjoying your reader.
    A book I’ll always remember is The Last Battle, the end of The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s just so hopeful and such a wonderful picture of heaven.

  28. Heather

    What book will I never be able to forget? It probably sounds goofy, but The Princess Bride. It makes me feel so HAPPY and smart and I reread it, if not every year, at least every couple of years. It’s my go-to-book when I’m feeling particularly down-on-my-luck (I just reread it when I found out I was probably loosing my job) and it always makes me feel better.

  29. Lu

    I guess I’m going to have to say A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read it over labor day weekend 2008 and to say I needed it at that time in my life is an understatement. “Hopeful” is exactly the word for it. In July of 2008, my grandmother passed away. We were extremely close and she was like another mother to me; she basically helped raise me. It was a traumatic, unexpected event that changed my life. Labor day 2008 was supposed to be when I was helping her recover, but instead I was visiting my family so we could grieve together. For a while now, at this point, I had gotten it into my head that my grandmother gave me “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” for Christmas one year, but I had never read it. I couldn’t find my copy and I was desperate to read it. So I got it from the library. I remember reading it on the train and being so moved and finally feeling hope. I know it’s cheesy, but it felt like my grandmother was speaking to me through the novel. There’s just no other way to say it. I’ll always remember what place I was in and how ATGiB helped me through that.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Trish!

  30. Kailana

    I think the first book that comes to mind is Marley & Me. This book was really the saddest book I have read in a couple years. Probably because my own dog died near the same time that I read the book for the first time. For this reason, every time I think of my dog I think of this book.

  31. Jackie (Farm Lane Books)

    I will never forget Blindness by Jose Saramago. The emotion I felt throughout was fear. The reality of an epidemic is so real to us now and the book demonstrated how easily our society could collapse. It was such a powerful book and almost made me want to move to the country and become self sufficient!

  32. sherry (nite swimming)

    My thinking about what constitutes a good memoir changed when I read “Drinking: A Love Story” by Caroline Knapp. I had never read anything before so soul-exposing & honest. She left an amazing gift to the world.

  33. Michelle

    There are so many great books that have left all different kinds of impressions on me so I’ll just go with my first instinct: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It broke my heart and captivated me. I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. It is one of those books that reminds me how amazing the written word is and every time I think about it makes me appreciative of all the wonderful books I’ve been able to read. I should really go read it again. Right now.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  34. Breezey375

    I have to say The Secret Garden. Every time I open my copy it takes me back to being curled up next to my mom, on one of the nights my father had a meeting listening to her reading, staring across the living room at the opposite seeing the roses and other flowers and falling head over heels with Dickon.

  35. Amanda

    Wow, this is a great giveaway. The book that really struck me and has stuck with me all these years is Possession by AS Byatt. In particular, the story of the two poets, how they came together so quickly only to have their intense friendship crash into a romance that could never work, is something i really felt. I read the book in 2002 and it’s remained my favorite ever since.

    Thanks!

  36. Matthew

    The book I never will forget is Black Elk Speaks. My father died before I turned 3 and I have no memory of him. I have never been able to let that go.

    As I read the book Black Elk Speaks in chapter 2 Black Elk spoke of a memory he had when he was a child of an attack that happened to his people when he was 3. His discription of his clouded memory, confusion, and fear rang through me. Someone understood!

    That realization through his words lifted a weight off me that I had carried for over 30 years! Just to read his words was like he was describing how I felt all of these years, saying what I was never able to put into words. I cried in relief for hours, the Lakota Medicine Man of the Ogalala band healed me with his words.

    I am forever in your debt Black Elk.

  37. Kari

    Funny that you mentioned A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN. I just read it for the first time since high school and wrote a review on it. It has been my favorite book since I read it seven years ago, and I needed to remember why. The emotion it gives me is nostalgia. The character of Francie perfectly illustrates what it means to grow up. She’s changing but still wants to hold on to the past, and it’s definitely a feeling to which I can relate.

  38. Melissa

    Remember when you won a Kindle in my presence? Hopefully that good luck will translate to me! Thanks for this lovely giveaway!
    So many books have left so many feelings, I find it difficult to narrow it down to one. But I will never forget the feeling of complete and utter awe after I read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. I was just so impressed with the story and the characters. I was amazed that anyone could actually sit down and write such an epic work. And I was so inspired by Howard Roark’s determination and spirit. Of course the love story was also VERY hot and heavy in a philosophical way. Phew. Good stuff.

  39. Ti

    For me, that book would be A Separate Peace by John Knowles. For many, the storyline seemed a bit simple but I was taken with how complex the characters were. The idea that evil resides in all of us was like a slap in the face to me.

  40. nomadreader

    The book that has stayed with me the most is American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. As many of you know, it’s a ficitonalization/imagining of Laura Bush’s life. First, Sittenfeld’s prose was beautiful. More importantly, however, was the nature of the story and the wonderful characters. The story is told through Alice’s point of view, as she grows from childhood to the first lady of the U.S. Despite knowing how it ends , the novel was absolutely captivating. For me, the biggest messages were: you have more in common with people who disagree with than you think and you never have any idea of what crazy path your life will take. What woman imagines herself first lady? What woman imagines the goofy, spoiled and hard partying boy she finds charming despite disagreeing with his politics will end up President, and everyone will assume she agrees with him because they’re married. It’s incredibly moving and inspiring; it’s a reminder of our similarities in a divided society and the absolute wonder with which we may look at the world.

  41. ColleenFL

    What is the one book that youโ€™re never able to forget and what was the emotion that that book inspired?

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. Recalling all the times this book was read to me and then read by me, brings me feelings of happiness. Being read to is great. Learning to read for yourself is amazing.

  42. Kelly

    I think I’m going to go with The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I read a lot (obsessively, some would say) and it’s my favorite book ever. I guess the emotion that comes up when I think of the book is awe. It’s a book that defies genre, and is so well-written and captivating that it’s a perfect example of why I love to read so much. (Because every so often, I run across books like that.)

  43. Debbie

    The Outsiders by SE Hinton is one book I will never forget. It brought me to tears of both sadness and happiness at the end.

  44. Chris@bookarama

    I have a million that I’ll never forget! But I’ll go with my favorite, Jane Eyre. It’s was my introduction to romance but at the same time a strong female character. I always feel happy when I come to the end.

  45. Michelle

    Angela’s Ashes is unforgettable to me, probably because it was the first book of substance that I read. It made me feel incredibly GRATEFUL and LUCKY to have been born to prosperous parents, and in a country where there are resources available for the impoverished. I also felt great RESPECT for Angela in how she did the very best she could for her children. I’m sure that it awoke many more emotions in me, as I remember having many tears over its content. In fact, I think it’s time for me to re-read it, and re-discover those emotions, again.

  46. Renรฉe

    Great giveaway! Narrowing it down to one book is pretty much impossible, so I’ll go with the most recent. A few weeks ago I read The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. The emotion that it inspired was WONDER at the beauty of something I’d never before appreciated (but rather disdained): mathematics. Reading this book made me feel thrilled to be human and expectant for all of the wonderful things there are for me to still learn about in this world.

  47. Nancy Y Wade

    “The Lord of the Flies” has remained hidden in the box in the darkest corner of the attic of my brain for more than half my life. The way fear and authority can change the concept and attitudes on how we (especially children) treat other people struck me greatly. It wasn’t the terror in the book that shook me it was the transformation of the boys back into normal children on the beach at their rescue that remained in my mind. The ability to morph from monsters to innocence is in everyone and it amazes me.

  48. Kathy

    Gone with the Wind for me signifies HOPE….never give up!
    Great giveaway, great blog!

  49. Stacie Gorkow

    The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder is something I think about a lot as an adult, mother, daugther. What resonates for me is FAMILY. I remember reading that as a child and thinking this is the kind of mom I want to be (when thinking of Caroline) and that I want my family to be this close-knit, hard-working, and grateful for all God’s blessings. I could reread this series again and again and never tire of it. Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!
    Staciele(at)netins(dot)net

  50. Stacie.Make.Do.

    I will pick Rumer Godden’s China Court. This is a book I came across by chance. I still lived with my parents so I must’ve been in my teens. Stuck at home twenty miles from the nearest library, I was browsing the bookshelves once again. I usually stuck to my old favorites, but that day I wanted something new. The title didn’t grab me because I didn’t want to read a book about China, but I pulled it from the shelf anyway. I must’ve read the blurb on the inside flap of the dust jacket and then started on the main text…
    I was captivated. I’d never read such a confusing book before, and it took me a bit to catch on to the method of the writing. It wasn’t about the country China at all – China Court was the name of the house. The book skips around constantly from several pasts to the present, back and forth following the inhabitants of an English country estate over several generations.
    My emotion for this book? Satisfaction. It rambles all over the place and is therefore a sort of mystery story, but finally all loose ends are tied and it leaves you with a sigh of satisfaction.

  51. Emilee

    What is the one book that youโ€™re never able to forget and what was the emotion that that book inspired?
    Definitely The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. My copy is so worn from multiple reading that I had to buy another last time I wanted to read it. I think it instilled in me the idea that I am not alone, even when I feel like I am. Though I may not have my own ‘Wes’, there are people that love me that I can take my problems too.

  52. Trish

    A book from my girlhood (in the early 1960s) — “Highland Rebel” by Sally Watson. It’s about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to fight for Bonnie Prince Charlie, and it amazed me and gave me hope because there weren’t many books that had such a strong and brave girl character!

  53. Janet

    Oh! I have to enter this contest! There are so many books that have had a profound effect on me. I don’t think I can narrow my answer down to just one! “The Source” by James Michener really got me interested in historical fiction. I was totally fascinated by this story and in awe of the writer. “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver is a powerful book that I frequently recommend to others. The story perfectly encapsulates my feelings of outrage about cultural arrogance and its very real consequences. I have to mention one more excellent book, and that is “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson, a wonderful, smart, moving story that filled me with hope for the future.

  54. Chelsea

    I’d have to say that the one book that’s always stuck with me in a weird, weird way would have to be A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. Saying I liked the book would almost be too weird considering the content, but I loved that it made me feel ambitious (I, too, can invent a language), disturbed (definitely a new way of looking at things) and hopeful that hopefully our world will never be like the one Burgess created. ๐Ÿ˜€ What a great competition!

  55. ErinW

    I think I read Kate Chopin’s The Awakening for the first time when I was in high school. And it was the first thing I’d ever read that I wanted to go back and re-read right away! I love that story. I remember feeling such a sense of empowerment… like, wow, it’s okay for a woman to NOT be 100% happy with her choices, with her life… and to do something wild and crazy and against the grain… I guess that thought never occurred to me before?? lol

  56. Jenny Williams

    There are really a lot of books that I just can’t forget, so I’ll just name one important one. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf. Yes, it’s a children’s book. But it conveys the message very well that you should just be you, even if that is different from what people want or expect.

  57. zibilee

    Wow! What an awesome giveaway! I’d love to be entered in it! The book that I can’t seem to forget is A Fine Balance. It was so raw and touching and the beauty of the story, coupled with it’s stunning ending make it a book that I try to pass on to any serious reader. My copy is dog-eared and splayed, and it’s something I can’t imagine ever getting rid of.

  58. Kristen M.

    I am going to have to go with The Eyre Affair because there are so few books that are really FUNNY! There are a glut of funny movies but very few (adult) books that really focus on humor and wit. I couldn’t believe the amount of word play, puns and sass that Jasper Fforde fit into a single book. Every time I re-read it, I notice something new. This book (and the rest of the series to a lesser extent) fill a place in my reading life that can only be described as comic relief.

  59. Melissa- Shhh I'm Reading

    One book that I will never forget is The Old Woman and the Pumpkin. It is a Bengali folk tale and I stumbled across the book at the library when I was small, maybe 4 or 5. It is one of the first books that I remember picking up just because it looked interesting. Mom read this book to my sister and I all the time. Mom was the best reader because she always did voices and if a character sang in the book, as they did in this one, she made up a melody that went with only that book.

    This book will always make me think of security, of the feeling of being tucked in bed with mom and sis and knowing that everything would be ok. Another thing this book taught me, is that you never know when you might find a treasure. Because of this, I love browsing libraries and book stores just to see what I might stumble across.

  60. the1stdaughter

    What an amazing opportunity! Thanks for sharing! Looking over everyone’s responses makes me feel very under-read, if there is such a term. But even still, I have many favorites and the one that sticks out in my mid would have to be Momma Zen by Karen Maezen Miller. This book brought me so much peace when I began my journey through motherhood and has helped me feel able to accomplish great things. It also helped me come to the understanding that I need time for myself, and that includes time to read, time to enjoy the things that bring me happiness. So, there it is, I have many more, but that’s the one that sticks out. Thanks again!

  61. Lori L

    One book? Only one book?!! What a seemingly simple but overwhelmingly difficult question. I’m notorious for being unable to name one book for anything and will be second guessing my choice, but here goes: Watership Down by Richard Adams. I chose it because I first read it w-a-y back when it was first published, have reread it several times over the years, and recently reread it again. Although it is an epic tale that inspires a wide range of emotion, the one emotion you are left with in the end is hope. Although it’s currently touted as a YA or childrens book, don’t believe it. It’s an allegory with some very real historical/political examples as well as references to mythology.

  62. Nan

    The Art of Racing in the Rain is a book I will always remember and love. I cried, laughed, and loved every page in this book. What sticks with me from that book is the devotion that people and animals can have for each other and how companionship and love can get you through the tough times.

  63. melissa @ 1lbr

    One of my earliest clear memories of a book I read was The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I remember immersing myself in the story and being swept away to a new time and place. I remember really loving the romantic element and thinking the intertwined love stories were just so interesting – oh, how I wanted that love story to happen to me! I’ve really never forgotten that book and I still think it’s fabulous, even as an adult. It opened up a world of reading to me and set me on the path to being a serious reader.

  64. trifitmom

    First They Killed My Father – a memoir of a young child’s survival during the Khmer Rouge era. I felt so small that this went on during my lifetime and I was unaware of it. What a brave amazing survivor is all I could think about the author.

  65. Kiki

    I am so excited about this giveaway!
    The book that I think of as really changing my life and affecting me emotionally is probably Gone With the Wind. I read it as a teenager first, while “visiting” my mother during the summer. She had moved several hundred miles to the middle of nowhere (really!) with her boyfriend and I had a lot of time on my hands waiting for her to be home from work. I positively lived in that novel! I loved Scarlett (being a teenager myself, I guess I identified!). Over the years, I have re-read this one frequently, and it seems to take on different meaning as my life and my age changes, and even the world. I read it a few years ago and just sobbed at Melanie taking care of the dead Yankees graves…very much relevant, even today.

  66. Mary Mihaha

    A Thread Of Grace by Mary Doria Russell. I still cannot get over all that each character went through in the course of the novel. The events of the novel – Italians taking in refugee Jews at the end of WWII surprised me a lot too – I had no idea anything like this went on. Books that contain little tidbits of history like that always fascinate me.

  67. Ms Mazzola

    Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. The ending of that book is so tragic, haunting and heartbreakingly beautiful. The emotion felt at the end of that book was despair and hopelessness. Morrison portrays the ugliness of the world in such a powerful way. That is one that will always stay with me. Cholly Breedlove sends chills up and down my spine.

  68. Caitie F

    Mine would have to be To Kill A Mockingbird because it was the first “adult” book I read in fourth grade. I can’t really say the emotion it brings to me, because it has changed every time I have reread it (probably five or six times by now). The first time it was wonder, the second (when I was 13) was sympathy, the third time was disgust at what was done, the fourth (actually for a class0 was astonishment at the development of the smallest characters, and now it gives me happiness because it is a book I have learned so much from!

  69. Julie

    So many books have affected me in so many different ways so I will tell you about one of my first. When I was young I was given Little Women for Christmas and at the time all I saw was how BIG it was. It was by far the longest I had ever read before and I loved every second of it. I became so attached to the characters and their lives that when I finished I immediately read the book over again and have done so almost every year since. This book truly inspired a love of reading in me and it is one I will cherish forever.

    Cheers,
    Julie

  70. Emily

    One of the books that most inspired me was Memoirs of a Geisha. I am part asian, and I was completely unaware of what a geisha had to go through, let alone that she was conscripted unwillfully to the service at times. The visual imagery stunned me and moved me. But at first it angered me that anyone should have to suffer such indecency. And then it made me sad, because I didnt understand how we could make such a thing right.

  71. lena

    d.h. lawrence’s lady chatterley’s lover always evokes this amazing feeling of elation and freedom. i know lawrence is criticized as being outdated, but that book never fails to make me feel alive and free.

  72. Michelle

    What is the one book that youโ€™re never able to forget and what was the emotion that that book inspired? To me, the one that I have never been able to forget is Anne of Green Gables. That left me feeling hopeful that there is room in this world for all sorts of people. Not only that, but I was hopeful that no matter how many mistakes I’ve made, I can always start fresh the next day. These are powerful lessons (and feelings) to learn at a young age. To say that this is my favorite childhood book as a result is an understatement.

  73. Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog

    What a fabulous contest….and an utterly impossible-to-answer question!

    The first book that comes to mind is THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell. It made me feel awestruck. It made me want to be someone who believes. It rendered me completely inarticulate.

  74. Christine Barter

    Schindler’s Ark evoked in me many emotions. First horror, sorrow, then hope and finally regret that humanity could sink so low.
    Another is My Place by Sally Morgan an aboriginal writer. Her offering is described as an autobigraphical novel. It too brought forth a lot of emotion from me as she searched for her biological roots (She and her sister were always told that their heritage was Indian)

  75. Tammy Sorrell

    What a tough question and what a great giveaway! I’m going to say “The Far Pavillions” by M.M. Kaye. I’ve always been a sucker for big ole books, the fatter the better. This one is not only fat, but also beautifully written and touches on multiple emotions and aspects of the human condition. “The Far Pavillions” is certainly on my top ten list and has held a firm place there for over 30 years — the majority of my life!

  76. MarthaE

    There are several books that I love to remember but one that sticks in my mind is Lightning by Dean R. Koontz. I remember the tenderness of the hero as he seeks to protect the heroine from birth to childhood and later, even though she doesn’t know she has a guardian angel. The combination of tenderness, surprise and terror is so well done! Although there is pain along the way I remember the tenderness at the end! Thanks for the chance to win!

  77. Gayle

    I am going to go with Barbara Ehrenreich’s NICKEL AND DIMED. That book will always stay with me. It made me profoundly grateful for the job I had at the time (and before and since), and made me think much more consciously about the silent, vast machinery of the American economy – the people who work for minimum wage doing thankless, often invisible work. Thanks!!

  78. Katrina

    Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo was the book that has moved me most in my life. I read it as a junior in high school. It was a year of great emotion difficulty and personal tragedy in my life and sadness that I just could not overcome. When reading JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, I felt humbled in my pain. Reading about experience the life this character lead after waking up in a hospital having lost his limbs and face but having the ability to think and comprehend the things around him, made me realize that my pain and grief were on a much smaller scale in comparison to many other people struggling around the world. The connection between the book and one of my favorite songs also added to my love for this humbling book.

  79. Shawna Lewis

    Well lets think…..I guess I would have to choose “Swan Song” by Robert McCammon.
    This book has everything in it for making it a wonderful read!!!
    Everyone should read this book it is that good!!!
    Thanks for this amazing giveaway Good luch to everyone & HAPPY HOLIDAY!!!!

    Shawna L
    weloveourdogs@juno.com

  80. Rebecca

    The book I’ll never be able to forget is Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife, and the complete and utter awe I felt while reading it.

    I was in awe of the beauty of the language, the depth of its emotion, and the detail of it’s storyline. I have read it several times over since the first time, and it never fails to invoke this emotion in me.

  81. Nikola

    My favorite author is Michael Cunningham, and my favorite book by him is The Hours. I like that it is a retelling of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (another one of my favorites), but most of all, I love the feeling that stays with me long after I close the covers of the book. There is a sense of isolation that follows these characters, but at the same time, moments of clarity that allow them to see the world just as it is, as well as their place in it. The way the reader feels after reading it is a combination of the two – it brings up the emotions of isolation every one of us has, but also thankfulness for the people in our lives. Also, walking down the street after reading this book is an out-of-this-world experience, and one everyone should experience at least once! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nikola
    rebelprince89@live.com

  82. Cheryl M

    I read the “Diary of Anne Frank” while in elementary school. I can vividly remember the scenes that my imagination drew from reading this book. It really affected me since I was around the same age as Anne Frank when I read it. I remember thinking what I would have done in that situation and how lucky I was to be living in a country of freedom and to have my parent’s protection. I know that this is one book that I will never forget even though I read it some 40+ years ago.

  83. Brenna

    I can never forget reading Nikolski by Nickolas Dickner. I felt free while I was reading it. I took the book to the cottage and read it under the warm sun while my child napped.

  84. Sandra K321

    OK, this is going to sound silly but it was Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry. I read it when I was a child and for whatever reason it had a lasting impression on me; enough that I named my son Justin. My son has a copy of this book on his bookshelf. I have always liked historical fiction and period books and I think even back then that was true (I loved all of the classics!) Maybe the book made me feel that you could do whatever you set your mind to. When I went to college I was one of only a few females to graduate with an electrical engineering degree in 1978.

  85. MichelleB

    The book for me would have to be American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I read that book as slowly as I could – because I never wanted it to end. The feeling was awe and wonderment. Could old gods truly be living among us – and have a bit of magic left? Well, of course not, but still a great world to visit. Gaiman’s imagination and storytelling never fails to suck me in.

  86. Laura

    Yoko Ogawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor is such a delicate book, and a year later, I still think of how serene it made me feel, both during and after reading it.

  87. diana mack

    toss up between 2 go ask alice or the outsiders……..i was always a reader but these really spurred me on and made me THINK…how sad/hard a life…what if my kids were like this etc etc

  88. Suzana

    One of the strongest feelings I can think of is the absolute powerlessness in one of the last scenes of the last book in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series. Not the best book I’ve read, but that scene was … heartbreaking acceptance of the fate.

  89. Stephanie

    Cool giveaway! The book I can never forget is Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell. I put off reading it for a long time but when I finally did, it struck a chord with me. The love affair between Rhett and Scarlett is the most emotional one I have ever seen or read about. I guess the emotion it most inspired is passion because I wanted a passionate love affair after reading GWtW! It’s an awesome feeling when a book can grab you like that.

  90. Janssen

    I think it would be The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. It’s the book I can recommend without reservation to virtually everyone. I love that book so very much and it made me determined to really live my life with more purpose and let my reading help me understand the world around me.

  91. Becky Workman

    Awesome contest! I have a Kindle (the original) but would love a Sony Reader!

    Tough question and some really great answers! I’d say the most memorable book I’ve read (actually, I listened to it) is Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why. I can’t say enough about this book! As far as the emotions, I ran the gamet on this, but mostly since as listener I was in Clay’s shoes, I’d say fear. Not the type of fear you’d get from a Dean Koontz novel, but an anxiety type of fear.

    Good luck everyone!

  92. nat @book, line, and sinker

    one of my favorite books was one my dad read to me when i was young–‘a pair of red clogs’ by masako matsuno.

    the story evokes the excitement i felt at the start of each new school year when my mom would take us shoe shopping. i got to pick one pair of sneakers and one pair of school shoes.

    i love reliving that excitement and empowerment and it’s easy to do so now because my husband bought me a copy of the book for valentine’s day 2005. ๐Ÿ™‚

    great contest, trish!

  93. Jess - A Book Hoarder

    The one book that I can never forget is The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory. It stirred such an intense DESIRE in me, but not a sexual desire, a desire to read more. The story shocked and appalled me and I wanted more! It was the first time I read historical fiction for pleasure and it opened up a whole new world for me. It will always have a special place in me heart and on my bookshelf.

  94. Les in NE

    What a fabulous question! I’ve enjoyed reading through everyone’s comments and think I’ll have to print them out for future ideas for my book club. I saw several that had me nodding my head (A Fine Balance, The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Book Thief). I almost went with The Book Thief, but I decided to mention a marvelous memoir by Neil Peart (drummer for Rush). He wrote a book called Ghost Rider which basically follows his travels across Canada, up through Alaska, down the West Coast to LA, over to Belize and back up to Canada, all on his BMW motorcycle. Peart’s wife died year or so after the death of their daughter. His book is not only a travel essay, but that of grief and surviving two terrible losees. I read with a higlighter in hand and found comfort in his words, as I, too was struggling with the loss of a child. Fantastic book. It definitely save my soul.

  95. Ciera

    I read quite a bit when I was younger and don’t really recall being particularly affected by things that I had read. When I got to be a teenager, going to the mall usually meant wandering through the book store and seeing what caught my eye. I happened to take home Megan McAfferty’s “Sloppy Firsts” and devoured it in one night. When Marcus Flutie confessed that he had orchestrated the entire captivation and seduction, it absolutely BROKE me. I still can’t read that book without being crushed for a few days! I think I had fallen for him just as much as Jessica. Now that I teach junior high, I try to sneak that book to a few students now and then when I think they themselves might be a Jessica Darling or a Marcus Flutie.

  96. Belle

    That’s such a tough question – I’m definitely one to respond to books emotionally. If I had to pick one, I’d have to say Emily of New Moon, by L.M. Montgomery. Emily always knew she was a writer, she lived it and breathed it, and so did I, so I really identified with her. In one scene, she finds a treasure trove of scrap pieces of paper and it was like finding gold, and when I first read the scene, I knew that feeling exactly, because I’d had that very same feeling myself when I found a big bundle of dusty foolscap (I think that’s what they used to call it) that no-one wanted. I know it’s the Anne of Green Gables books that talk about kindred spirits, but Emily was always mine.

  97. Monica

    WOW! Incredible giveaway. Congrats on YOUR Sony Reader!

    I was inspired with adventure and possibility when I read The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi when I was a kid. I have reread that book countless times. I love it to bits and pieces.

  98. Andi

    I’m going to go back to my youth and say “Where the Red Fern Grows”. I couldn’t put that book down. Saving every single penny for those dogs. And oh the heartbreak. It was the first time a book made me bawl. Literally bawl. I really should read it again.

  99. Liyana

    The one book that stayed with me emotionally has got to be Forever Princess by Meg Cabot. It shows how much Mia has grown over the years. While it’s the ending of the series, it’s a new start for Mia. I…errr, cried when reading this. But I’m not ashamed! Just sad that there’s no following Mia as she goes on in her life, other than on her website.

  100. TexasRed

    Great giveaway and what a useful way to organize books! Headed over to the site to check it out now.

    “A Wrinkle in Time” is mine and I’d say wonder (although it’s hard to describe the emotion in just one word).

  101. Lauren O'Brien

    Booked to Die, by John Dunning. This book inspired me. Inspired me to delve more deeply into books and their history. Inspired me to move away from the “new release” shelves and venture into old dusty bookstores in search of that history. Through that inspiration, I discovered new (old?) authors, made new friends who shared my passions and interests, and visited places I had never been. While some books may have moved me more on an emotional level, no book ever inspired me to take more action, or pursue a passion as vigorously.

  102. Alessandra

    Many books could qualify, but I’d say Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Although Elizabeth and Darcy never even kiss, there’s so much passion in it. I’ll always remember when Darcy first proposes to Elizabeth and says, (quoting from memory, so it might be approximate) “In vain have I struggled. It will not do. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you”.
    *swoons*

  103. Keta Diablo

    My most unforgetable book and the one that has inspired me for years is To Kill A Mockingbird. I first read the novel while in grade school and realized by simply turning the pages, I could be transported to another place and time. The depth of Harper Lee’s characters is the main thing that makes the book unforgetable. From Atticus and his children, Jem and Scout, to Boo Radley. And how about the names she chose for her characters? Perfect.
    I could smell the sultry heat of the town, taste the prejudice. Of course, it wasn’t until I reread the book when I was older that I truly understood prejudice. I own the movie and watch it at least once a year. I also read the book once a year still, and enjoy it immensely.
    To Kill A Mockingbird inspired me to write with the hope that one day I’d be able to write like Harper Lee. For her, it seemed effortless, but I’m sure it wasn’t.
    Major kudos to you, Ms. Lee, for bringing love of the written word to many youngsters and aspiring writers.
    Keta Diablo
    http://www.ketadiablo.com

  104. Mary Lewis

    I would have to say The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister. I was left with such feelings of peace, love and community after reading it. I’ve been recommending it to all my friends who love to read!

  105. Becca

    Men and Angels, a novel by Mary Gordon, had a profound effect on me emotionally. I was a young mother when I first read it, and it mirrored so many of my own feelings about creating a balance between mother love and passion for one’s creative life. I have returned to that book several times in the past three decades, and each time it speaks to me in a new way.

    I love the idea of connecting readers emotionally to books – that’s what I try to do in my reviews at Bookstack ๐Ÿ™‚

  106. Tiffany Schmidt

    Where the Red Fern Grows. I sobbed for days. My mother took pity on me and allowed me to stay home from school because I wouldn’t let our dog out of my sight. Even now, thinking about it, I want to go home and hug my pups.

  107. Amy H

    For me, I can mark many moments/growth shifts in my life where reading made a big impact. In every stage, my feeling was of AWE at the detail and pictures drawn for me with words. The very first one was a collection of Greek Mythology stories read to my sisters and me each night before bed. Next was the Nancy Drew’s my mother stashed away. Then came “Atlas Shrugged” by Ann Rand. Following that was Motorcycle Maintance and the complete works of Shakespear. Shakespear really makes me smile, laugh and shake my head at human nature. Most recently, “The Shack” has moved me to look at the philosophy of Religion and spirituality closer and yet more universally.
    And yes, I would LOVE to win a SONY Reader.
    \smiles!!

  108. Cara F.

    Secret Garden…a teacher introduced this book to me when I was in junior high…caused major starvation for books which later led to addiction…my feeling was absolute joy.

  109. Tami

    There are so many books that have had invoked emotions in me, good and bad. The one that pops to mind is “The Second Coming of Lucy Hatch” by Marcia Moyer. It is about being who you really are, not what others expect you to be. Good lesson for us all.

  110. Malvina

    It has to be A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, a novel set in junior high. It was around about then that I realized there was a whole world of classic books out there I had never dreamed of, never knew about, waiting to be read. Awesome, knowing all the books were just waiting for me to discover. And then, of course, I wept through the self-sacrificial ending. Greater love and all that…

  111. Malvina

    P.S. Thanks for the chance to win the reader.

  112. b*babbler

    What a fantastic contest!

    The book that I’ve never been able to forget (and go back to again and again) is Anne of Green Gables. I read it as a child who was bouncing from home to home, and the idea that there were people out there that could truly want an unwanted child inspired me to believe. To this day, the optimism of the book still brings a smile to my face, and is one of my go-to reads when I am in need of comfort. It was also one of the books that helped fuel a life-long addiction to reading.

    Can’t wait for the announcement of the winner!

  113. Nicole

    I am going to say Beloved by Toni Morrison and the emotion was definitely wow! The biggest wow in literature that I had ever felt. I had started the book and was having such a hard time getting into it, but I persevered since it was a for a presentation I had to do in class. i am so grateful for that course and the fact that I had to present. I’m pretty sure that I would not have finished the paper otherwise.

  114. Trisha

    Okay, mine is just not going to be deep like other people’s have been. I will never forget Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The emotion it inspired in me is envy. Envy that I will never be able to write so beautifully, satirically, sarcastically, humorously, and tricksy like he did. I know, I know, it’s not poignant or sweet or anything, but it’s the Vogon’s honest truth.

  115. ShootingStarsMag

    What a fun giveaway. My book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and the word or emotion?

    Powerful!

    -Lauren

  116. Tammy

    I was going to go with Night by Elie Wiesel. I read it many years ago and still haven’t gotten over it. But the book that will be in my heart and mind forever is The Bungalow Mystery. It’s the second book in the Nancy Drew series and was the first “real” book I read. I will never forget that day 43 years ago when my six year old self discovered the world of books and began my life long devotion to reading. As far as the emotion inspired? True love of course ๐Ÿ™‚

  117. Martine

    There are so many books which left a deep impression but the best one was I believe “Face” by Benjamin Zephaniah which I read in school and I’m even thinking today about this book. It’s about prejudice and the emotion is selfconfidence, because the main character had to learn to live with prejudice and to prove himself again after a car accident destroyed his face. it really touched me and shows that you have to fight in life, never giving up, never mind what happened to you.

  118. Cassandra Jade

    The one book I’ve never been able to forget is probably “Twelve” by Nick McDonell. It was assigned reading as part of a university course and unlike a lot of the other books, this one I couldn’t put down and read again and again. Exploring the emptiness of modern city lives and the isolation felt by teens in the modern world it invoked emotions of horror, shock, pity, emptiness but strangely enough it gave hope. Following the characters through this book as some follow the path of self-destruction and those who are seemingly innocent are torn down is a brutal experience and yet it is compelling written for Gen Y in short bursts and snippets, rapidly changing perspectives and locations. It is an incredible book.

  119. Judy Bobalik

    The Godfather by Mario Puzo. I read it when I was in my early teens and it started me searching more adult fiction to read. I haven’t stopped since.

  120. Luann

    It is hard to choose just one. The first one to come to mind is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I remember reading it with horror that people would burn books like that.

  121. sarah pekkanen

    In Cold Blood was chilling and not just because of the subject matter. The way Truman Capote meticulously re-created the murder of a family and its ripple effects was awe-inspiring. He created a new type of a book – narrative non-fiction – that was every bit as compelling and story-like as the best fiction. Every time I read it, I’m right back there in the farmhouse, in the minds of the two killers. It’s a masterpiece.

  122. Aimee W.

    One book that has never left my mind is Rewind by Ken Grimwood. I’m not a big sci-fi fan — but this book is so much more than just sci-fi — it actually touches on several genres. I don’t know if I can put it into just one emotion. Here are a few…
    “Wow!”
    “If only this could actually be true…can it??”‘
    “I wish this could really happen!”
    “I am glad this does not really happen!”

    Thanks!

  123. Lisa

    I’m gonna pick one that most people wouldn’t- one book that I can’t forget is a romance novel called “In the Midnight Rain” by Ruth Wind. While the romance itself is fine, the reason it sticks with me is because it makes the blues (the music, not the mood) into a character in the novel. Every time I read it I can feel the hot, humid South, and the blues music in the dark club. Wind did a terrific job of placing the story and it makes me pull out my own blues cds.

  124. BenM

    Wow, there are so many great books.

    The most standout was probably Thomas Keneally’s ‘Schindler’s Ark’. This was the first meaty book I’d ever read, and a huge departure from my usual fare of science fiction and fantasy. It was gripping, tragic, and in the end, inspiring. Seeing the depths humanity can sink to – and also seeing some rise above them – was truly an uplifting experience. The kind of hope it inspired is something we all need a dose of occasionally, I think.

  125. mannequin

    Oh geez, you like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. It truly is in my top three favorites. What a wonderful book…

    THe one book I’ve read that has had lasting impact?

    That book would be The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.
    Imagine waking up to be a bug.
    Imagine losing everything you held dear, simply upon waking.
    Caused me to reevaluate a lot of things…

    Thanks for the chance!

  126. rachel

    I’ve never forgotten (nor do I want to) the first time I read If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino. I read it when I was 12 or 13. My brother (around 18 at the time) handed it to me and said, “I think you’ll like this.” I was already a voracious reader, but that was the first time I can remember him acknowledging me as something other than his annoying little sister. I went from little sister to intellectual equal (or at least that’s how I saw it). So when I started the book I already associated it with positive feelings, but had no idea what to expect of the book itself. And wow. The books I had read up to that point had clear plots, with beginnings, middles, and ends. This book was a roller-coaster of a read. It made me feel naughty (all that weird sex), awed (how does he write like this?!), and intrigued (to learn that there are novels about books and the experience of reading).

  127. Gina

    I wil always remember my first reading of “Love Story” by Erich Segal. I will always remember the first line of the book and how I breezed past it….nothing is ever said that is important in the first sentence, right? Wrong. The sense of love and loss. It is a book I still adore to reread. The book makes me believe and feel strongly in the strength of love.

  128. Bonnie

    I have never been able to forget reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith which I first read in high school. I have re-read it many times since then and still have my torn and tattered copy with my name written all over it. I must not have wanted anyone to steal my copy!! I related to Francie, the main character, a young girl growing up in difficult times but she had such passion and drive AND she loved books! She spent a lot of time in the library and had a goal to read a book a day. She was my kind of girl as I loved books growing up and still do as an adult today. This book has stuck with me as my all time favorite book as it evoked hope and passion in me as a reader and strength to know that even in challenging times you can persevere, thrive and be happy.

  129. Ronnica

    Earlier this year I read Special Topics in Calamity Physics. Though it’s been months and I’m the type of person who forgets about most books as soon as I close the back cover, I’ve thought about this book almost daily. The confusion and the loss of the book were very real to me: life doesn’t have cutesy, easy endings.

  130. Bookfool, aka Nancy

    What is the one book that youโ€™re never able to forget and what was the emotion that that book inspired? I’ll have to say A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, one of my childhood favorites. I felt inspired by Sara’s abililty to go from rich to poor and not only tolerate it but make something beautiful of her life with her wildly creative imagination. I used to read it regularly and probably should break it out for a reread. I have my original copy.

  131. Juliet

    Ernest Hemingway’s An Immoveable Feast, which was recommended to me by a friend as his own favorite book and has since become mine. It carries with it a faint & haunting sense of loss beneath a tremendous fullness, and inspired me to re-examine Hemingway’s work after a lifetime of dismissing his stripped down prose and bombastic persona. Hemingway is tender and painful and sharp sharp sharp as a knife, and, most surprisingly, very, very funny — and I have that friend and An Immoveable Feast to thank for “introducing” me to a writer I’ve known about all my life and now treasure as a personal favorite.

  132. Tracy Tabor

    Great contest. Okay, there isn’t just one. When I was little it was Make Way for Ducklings. I loved it. Even went out and caught a baby duck. It made me happy. Growing up it was Stuart Little, he was plucky and cute and it made me happy again. Then J.D. Robb’s series inspired me. Showed me that with all the injustice in the world, there is a happier side to things and life goes on. We make what we can of it daily. Just lately it is Sarah Addison Allen’s books, The Sugar Queen and Garden Spells. They made me see the whimsy in my life and that there are different ways of looking at things. They made me smile and so did this blog. It made me stop and see why I so enjoy reading and have since I was very little. I can’t imagine my life without my many books and the different worlds they have taken me to over the years. Again, great contest idea!

  133. Laura W.

    The book I’ll never forget is Suzanne Fisher-Staples’ Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind. I picked it up during my first ever YA lit class in college and it inspired several emotions:

    1. Shock that I had never had such amazing books given to me when I was in school. I had been given classics (which were great as a knowledge base), but never had anyone given me stories about teens in what I thought of as the “real world.”

    2. Curious that there was a whole world out there for me to learn about. Coming from a small, rural town, I had not been given a great global perspective. Reading Shabanu’s story laid the groundwork for reading other great stories: Iqbal, Sold, The Breadwinner, Looking for X, and so on.

    When I look back now (it has been 16 years since I read this story for the first time), I realize that it inspired me to bring great stories into my classroom and eventually become a librarian so I could share great stories with others.

    Thanks for such a great giveaway–amazing!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  134. Cory

    A story that has stuck with me since I was young is A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan. It’s always filled me with a sense of hope that even when bad things happen in your life, you can get past them.

  135. Breiab

    The book that meant so much to me was Little Women, it is the book that made me want to read as much as possible. The word that sticks with me is Family. Little Women is all about family and reading this book made me feel Loved. They cared so much for each other and you could feel it throughout the entire book. Great contest and I hope to win.

  136. Larry

    The book would have to be To Kill A Mockingbird and the emotion would be Hope. This book was an eye-opener to me on the subject of racism. I was horrified by the way people were being treated in this book due to the colour of their skin. The hope came from the characters of Atticus, Scout and Jem. Characters born into the same time and situation, but with the moral standing to realize that wrong is wrong, not matter the colour of their skin, or the size of their wallets.

  137. Erin

    The one book that I continually return to is “The Lord of the Rings.” I first read it when I was about 12 and couldn’t put it down. I remember my mom bringing me breakfast, lunch and dinner in bed one Saturday so that I could keep reading. I went to her, devastated and crying, when Gandolf died. She handed me a grilled cheese and told me to keep reading. Every time something amazing happened in the book, I would go to her and every time, she would just tell me to keep reading. I remember having an overwhelming feeling of sadness when I finally finished. I wanted more. I was so involved in the characters and the story that I didn’t want it to end. I was also amazed. It was the first time that I really appreciated a book for everything that is was… The binding. The endpapers. The typeface. Most of all, the story. I was blown away at how so much emotion and experience could be contained in nothing but paper and ink. While I grew up around books and have many favorites from childhood, it was reading The Lord of the Rings that really made me a lifetime lover and collector of books.

  138. Laurel Snyder

    Brideshead Revisited. And the emotion is–if I reduce it to one word– longing. That book made me feel, long before I was old enough to have experienced such a thing myself, how a person could fall short of their potential, fail, accept the limitations of life. And in me, as a teen, that produced a massive sense of longing, a desire to save them, a hunger for those wonderful characters to escape their ends. I think I’ve read in 20 times.

  139. Marg

    I am going to say Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. It inspired lots of emotions, but the one I want to focus on today is about reigniting my love of reading! I hadn’t really been reading for a number of years after being a voracious reader all my life and picking up the first book in this series rekindled my love of reading and I have never looked back.

  140. Ashley

    Awesome contest, please enter me!
    booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

    A recent YA book that I read over the summer was “Twenty Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler. That book stirred up a lot of my emotions, not just one in particular. At certain times, I wanted to curl up and just cry along with the main character (which I did, twice!), while other times in the book I actually threw it across the room and hit the wall with it. Because I was so upset at how one of the characters was acting. I was completely absorbed in the book, and I really recommend it to someone who wants to experience a very emotional journey through a book.

  141. Lisamm

    Ok, this isn’t easy. But I want that Sony Reader, so here goes.

    One book that brought up so many emotions was Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy. Lucy lost a third of her jaw to cancer as a young child and suffered many surgeries in an attempt to ‘fix’ her disfigured face. It was an emotionally charged reading experience, and I felt so protective towards Lucy, who never felt beautiful outwardly but was truly a beautiful person on the inside. Words like identity, self esteem, pain and beauty come to mind as I think back on that book. I recommend Autobiography of a Face time and time again and I’ve never had anyone come back and say they didn’t care for it. It’s incredibly moving.

    Great contest, and lucky you for receiving a Sony Reader!! {jealous!!}}

  142. Literate Housewife

    Fabulous question, Trish. Here’s my answer:

    I will never forget The Uncommon Reader because from start to finish I felt nothing but joy. The joy of reading, the joy of others reading, and the joy of loving fiction about English royalty. The book left me giddy and happier than ever to be a reader.

    I also won’t forget that book because I read it during my first go at Dewey’s Read-a-Thon and tweeted all the way through it. Great experience all around.

    Thanks for hosting this contest. Even if I don’t win, I enjoyed thinking about my response and posting it.

  143. Rebecca

    I have read many unforgettable books, but the one that stands out most to me is The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. This may seem like an odd choice but the reason is this: I was in love with books as a child, but as I went through school, the more I hated the reading assignments for school, the more I hated reading period. My freshman year of college I was waiting in a bookstore for a boyfriend to get a magazine. This book caught my eye and I read the insert. I thought it sounded interesting, so we bought it, I brought it home and absolutely devoured the book. I loved it- the adventure, the diversity of the characters’ personalities, the new culture I learned about, the honesty of the writing. It was a book I was actually excited about! It made me feel excited to read! I didn’t know I could be excited about a book anymore. Kingsolver renewed my passion for reading and my love for visiting other worlds and cultures. I owe my entire blog to this book. It is still a favorite to this day.

    mycreativeimagination (at) yahoo (dot) com

  144. trin

    The Sacketts by Louie L’more ispired me with pride.

Back to top