Today is National Book Lovers Day. I won't ask you what your favorite book is, because if you're like me, you have many. So I'll ask instead, what book or books have touched you most, or which have you reread many times, or which would you recommend to everyone?
I'll start. Markus Zuzak's The Book Thief is one of the very, very few books that has actually moved me to tears. I remember being in the final chapters and running off and locking myself in my bedroom, yelling first to my family that I was Not To Be Disturbed.
I love all of Neil Gaiman's works, but American Gods especially blew me away.
In the realm of nonfiction, I'd definitely recommend Eric Larson's Devil in the White City. It's about the history of Chicago, the 1893 World's Fair, and a serial killer.
Jeez, I haven't even mentioned some of my favorite authors--Allende, Twain, Garcia Marquez, Vonnegut--and I haven't touched entire genres that I love. But this is a start.
Please, share. What's on your list? (They can be fun reads or guilty pleasures too--no intellectualism requirement here!)