While browsing Barnes & Noble this week looking for a book to read that isn’t required for a class, I came across the latest edition of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. This was the book that sparked my interest in reading. As a child it opened my eyes to how a great book can transport you from, in my case, the boring Connecticut suburbs into the magical, mystery world of Meg Murry and her friends. Needless to say I had to have this new edition.
After I purchased it and displayed it proudly upon my bookshelf, I got to thinking that everyone must have their own A Wrinkle in Time. Everyone has that one book that can make them feel instantly better when they’re sick. That book that goes perfectly with a snowy day and a mug of hot chocolate. That book that was passed down to them, and that they will continue to pass on for generations. As Anna Quindlen states in her forward to the newest version of A Wrinkle in Time, these are the books that “make us feel less alone, convince us that our own foibles and quirks are as individual as a fingerprint and as universal as an open hand.”
What’s your feel-better-book?