Musings: Haunting Book

Today’s topic is: “Write about a book you recently read that stayed with you after you closed the last page.”

I enjoy reading. There is something magical about visiting another world or time by simply opening a book. But these days, I don’t have a ton of time to sit with a book, so it takes me several weeks to get through a normal length novel. I try to keep up with my monthly book club assignment, and if I get through that, I head over to the Rory Gilmore Reading List. Remember Rory, the witty, fast-talking bookworm from the beloved, seven-season Gilmore Girls series? About three years ago, someone (this guy, as best as I can figure) had the idea that it would be cool to try to read everything she had. Well, it turns out that there are 339 books on that list, so I decided to give it a try.

In the last year (or so), I’ve read Life of PiAdventures of Huckleberry Finn, Ordinary Grace, The Light Between Oceans, The Eyre AffairIron Lake, The Rosie Project, Tis the Season, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Anne of Green GablesWild, Room, Devil in the White CityThe Monster of Florence, half of Madame Bovary, and the first three books in the Little House on the Prairie series.


I often think about Cheryl Strayed’s long-term hiking experience in Wild and wonder what it will be like for me to hike the Appalachian Trail for my 50th birthday (in 2026). I wonder if I should train for that colossal undertaking or just go for it like she (and Bill Bryson in Walk in the Woods) did. Usually, when the question arises, I decide to get in a few more steps each day so at least I’m not terribly out-of-shape by then. But if they can do it, so can I, right?!

Room by Emma Donoghue


But the most disturbing experience I’ve had this year, hands down, was listening to the audiobook of Room by Emma Donoghue. It was a heart-wrenching story, but hearing people read each part brought it that much closer to real life. I heard that they made it into a movie last year and I can only imagine how emotional it would be to watch that. Ugh. Too heavy for me right now. I keep wishing that everyone would just #BeKindToOneAnother!


On this Friday the 13th, what titles haunt you? Share in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook


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