Favorite Books

From time to time, I’ve written about the books I am reading. (Check out posts here.) While I was reading the Student Affairs Women Talk Tech blog on Monday, I decided to use their writing prompt idea for my blog post this week.

Prompt: What are your favorite books and why? Or, alternatively, what kinds of books do you like to read (if you like reading)? What books have you read lately?

I absolutely adore books. I have for as long as I can remember. I try to read a variety of genres: literature, professional development, environmental, cooking, biographies, history, travel, chick-lit, etc. On the docket for this year: An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore; The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography by The Mountain Trail Photo Team; Theodore Roosevelt by Nathan Miller; Ansel Adams in the National Parks by Ansel Adams, Andrea Stillman, & Richard B. Woodward; and to finally finish Girl on the Couch: Life, Love, & Confessions of a Normal Neurotic by Lorna Martin.

Hands down, my favorite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I often wonder how many great books she would have written had she not died so young. I first discovered Pride and Prejudice during my sophmore year of high school. I was taking an enhanced english class and it was on our “challenge” reading list. Not going to lie, I started it at the beginning of the school year and stopped shortly there after, opting to read something a bit easier for an assignment. Later that year, I picked up the novel once again and fell in love with it. I love how Jane Austen writes. She tells a good story of family, friendship, society, and love. I’ve read the novel at least 4 times since that fateful year in high school. Jane Austen has been woven into several facets of my life. During my AP English class in high school, I devoted a large project to researching her, her era, and reading Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility. Some of my favorite movies are based off of Jane Austen novels. Plus, I love how she still influences the literary world today…and to think she only wrote 6 novels in her lifetime.

What is your favorite book and why?

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3 thoughts on “Favorite Books

  1. Kristen Abell says:

    Ellen – love the post. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favorites, too (even if it wasn’t on my favorites list on the blog :-). Somehow, I think I’m going to like all the “favorite books” posts, as they will all be by people who love to read.
    Thanks for participating in the #sawomenblog posts!

    • ellenhatfield says:

      Thanks Kristen! I think reading can be an incredible way to link people who may not otherwise be able to connect. I’m looking forward to future #sawomenblog prompts and am hoping to incorporate them into my blog.

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