Welcome to our Ten Book Challenge where our favorite authors share their “Book-It List”—a book bucket list with 10 of their most beloved and memorable reads—from the books with their favorite covers and best opening lines, to the reads they gift and the bookstores they frequent. This is a peek into your favorite authors’ perfect bowl of literary comfort food. We hope you discover something delicious!
In The Lucky List, Rachael Lippincott, coauthor of #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart, weaves a captivating, heartfelt love story about learning who you are, and who you love, when the person you’ve always shared yourself with is gone.
Emily and her mom were always lucky. Every month they’d take her lucky quarter, select lucky card 505, and dominate the bingo night in their small, quirky town of Huckabee. But Emily’s mom’s luck ran out three years ago when she succumbed to cancer. Now, the summer before her senior year, Emily’s lost her boyfriend and her dad is selling the house she grew up in. The only person she has to talk to about it is her dad’s best friend’s daughter, Blake, a girl she barely knows. But then Emily finds her mom’s senior year summer bucket list. When Blake suggests that Emily take it on as a challenge, the two set off to tick each box. Emily finally begins to feel closer to mom again, but her bond with Blake starts to deepen into something she wasn’t expecting. Suddenly Emily must face another fear: accepting the secret part of herself she never got a chance to share with the person who knew her best.
The Book I……
I last bought/am currently reading: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
I recommend to everyone: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour. I honestly talk about this book more than I talk about any of my own.
That was my favorite to read last year, and why: Here The Whole Time by Vitor Martins. SUCH a great read, and such an excellent and realistic portrayal of teen thoughts and feelings and emotions. One of the most genuine and real books I’ve ever read.
Whose author I would love to have lunch with: Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale
That made me realize language had power: A Tree Grown In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I’d like to see adapted to the screen: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
That made me laugh out loud—or cry—while reading it: Beetle & The Hollowbones by Aliza Layne. BOTH, but I kept stopping to read my wife the parts that gave me a good laugh.
That has the most gorgeous cover: The Ones Were Meant To Find by Joan He
With the best opening line: The Martian by Andy Weir
Bookstore that I frequent/is my favorite: White Whale Bookstore in PGH!
Bonus: What question do you wish we asked, and your answer!
Classic book that you love: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen