When I look back on my reading life over the past year one book stays at the front of my mind. I try to tell myself I don’t have an absolute favorite book from the past year. The books are like children. It’s impossible to pick and choose a favorite. But then this line sounds in my mind:
You don’t know her. She’ll size you up like you’re made of dollars and cents. She’ll count you up and reckon how much of you she can use.
It’s a line from A Good Hard Look by Ann Napolitano. A character says it in reference to Flannery O’Connor – a fictionalized version of Flannery O’Connor. This line has haunted me all year long. Every time I sit down and start to write fiction or a poem it’s there in my mind…taunting me.
But that’s not the only reason it was my favorite of the year. One awesome line does not a good book make. A Good Hard Look is the kind of book I wanted my friends to read. I found myself purchasing every copy of it at my local B&N, pressing it into the hands of my friends. My dad described it as an “event book.” The book is sailing along and then BAM! something happens. An event takes everyone’s world, shatters it to pieces.
I am probably partial to this book because I’m a Southern girl. I even had an A Good Hard Look themed Med Alliance meeting at my house a few months ago. Here are a couple of pictures from it:
I reviewed this book for BlogHer Book Club. I probably would not have had a chance to find the time to read this book if not for the BlogHer Book Club. Isn’t it funny how things work out sometimes? You can read my original review here.
Sometime later today or tomorrow I am going to post a list of my ten favorite books of the year. Be on the lookout for that.
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What was your favorite book of the year? Let me know in the comments section.