You know that incredible feeling, when you’re simultaneously unable to put a book down, and living in dread of the moment you’ll finish it? I’d love to say it happens with every book I read, but the truth is, it’s a special experience, one I only encounter every year or so. Here’s a handful of the books that have given me that gift; I hope there’s at least one on this list you’ve yet to encounter, and that it’ll pull you in the way it did me (consider me jealous you get to read it for the very first time).
And since today is National Readathon Day, I hope you’ll join me in picking up a book, finding a cozy chair and celebrating literature! There are so many ways to participate: Donate at firstgiving.com to support childhood literacy; Join a reading party near you; Or, my favorite, post the cover of your book or a reading selfie on social media using the hashtag #Readathon2016 and join the conversation with fellow book lovers around the world.
In the comments below, tell me which book or books you wish you could read for the first time again. Happy Reading!
Curated by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, whose latest book June, an enthralling novel about family secrets, first loves, set in small town Ohio crossed with Hollywood glamour, comes out on May 31.
MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE is the author of three other novels: New York Times bestseller Bittersweet; Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, given annually for the best book of fiction by an American woman; and The Effects of Light. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Prize in Fiction, she lives and writes in Brooklyn.
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Author Photo: © Kai Beverly-Whittemore