Jenna's Top Favorite Books of All Time

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
One of my top ten books of all time.  The story of a blind girl in Paris and a brilliant but poor boy in Germany during World War II.  Marie Laure and Werner's stories are intertwined,though they hardly meet, in such a moving, descriptive and engaging way that you will not want to put this book down.

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The book flap and description simply did not do this justice.  AJ Fikry starts this tale as a broken-down, grieving man with a bookstore he just isn't that into anymore.  And the life he ends up living, that Zevin sucks us into is so engaging, readable and relatable that the reader easily falls in love with all the characters.  I saw the twist coming, but I missed the turn.  This was wholly satisfying!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
THE BEST BOOK.  My new favorite of all time, second only to a Tree Grows in Brooklyn.  It's the story of a young German girl and her family during World War II.  You come to care so much for the Book Thief, her adoptive parents and those around her.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
My most very favorite book of all time!  This book was written in 1943 but is still touching today.  Francie is a lonely reader with family issues (to say the least) and when we meet her, Ms. Smith pulls us into this world of poverty and struggle, while making us love every moment and wish for more.  I love, LOVELOVE this book!!!!!  It crosses all ages and there is something in it for absolutely everyone.  I simply love this book!!!

The Host by Stephenie Meyer
I know, you are thinking I'm nuts to like any book by Stephenie Meyer!  And I admit the premise is crazy; aliens take over humans by inserting themselves into our bodies and pushing our minds out of the way. But if you give this book a chance, you will really enjoy it.  The movie BUTCHERED the book, so don't even give that a second glance, but the story of Wanderer and Melanie is enchanting.

 Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
The story of June, her uncle, his boyfriend, HIV/AIDS in the 80's, June's sister and parents and a WHOLE lot of denial.  If only this family could communicate with one another, June and her sister would be less lonely.  But in the 80's, HIV/AIDS and gay uncles were swept under the rug and not talked about, even when the person with HIV/AIDS was the whole universe to one sad teenager!

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