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Top Shelf: Books that Stick, Part II

A few weeks ago, Fay posted about books that have really stayed with her through the years. I am going to share a few books that I will never forget for a variety of reasons. All of them have influenced my life and love for reading.

Night by Elie Wiesel - The first time I read this autobiography was in late high school. The harrowing and poignant nature of the story stayed with me for many years. Reading this book was my first time to experience an in-depth first-hand account of the horror of the Holocaust and Nazi death camps. It touched me deeply and really changed me as a young adult.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I read this book for the first time in my mid-twenties and I will never forget it. It's a dark story full of jealousy and maliciousness and the main characters - Catherine and Heathcliff - are pretty unlikable. It's a classic for these very reasons and a book that sticks with me.

The Unhooneymooners by Christina Lauren - This romcom is the perfect mix of the enemies-to-lovers trope and comedic gold. I laughed out loud countless times. The writing is smart, witty and offers great imagery. I can always find a few things that bug me about romcom books, but with this one is well-done.

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani - I love this author because she writes with incredible detail. This story is heartfelt and emotional. I laughed and I cried. The story stuck with me because it's about first-generation Italian-American immigrants and I could appreciation the connection to my own families' history. The book went back to another time, but I also experienced the timelessness of first love, loss and death.

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