30 Days of Books – Day 4 – A book that reminds you of home

Read: Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
Stars: Five

As with the “favorite” category, I have read many, many books that remind me of home.  Ex Libris, a series of witty essays by Anne Fadiman, has possibly the strongest association.  There are several reasons: it was a gift from my friend J when we were in high school, it’s about family and home, and Fadiman always makes me feel better.  I mean, how could an essay about excessive footnotes NOT make one happy?

My favorite essay is the first, “Marrying Libraries,” but they are all so wonderful.  Written over four years, they chronicle Fadiman’s life during that period but also her life story and that of her quirky family (her father, the late Clifton Fadiman, was the author of the Lifetime Reading Plan among many other books).  Mostly, though, this is a book about books and the love of books.  There is nothing that reminds me more of growing up than my love of books and reading that survived college and has carried over into adulthood.  I highly recommend this to anyone who loves books, words or family.

Now I’m going to dig out my copy and re-read it and think of home. 

30 Days of Books Challenge

Day 01 – Your favourite book

Day 02 – Least favourite book 

Day 03 – A book that completely surprised you (bad/good)

Day 04 – A book that reminds you of home

Day 05 – A non-fiction book that you actually enjoyed

Day 06 – A book that makes you cry

Day 07 – A book that’s hard to read

Day 08 – An unpopular book you believe should be a bestseller

Day 09 – A book you’ve read more than once 

Day 10 – The first novel you remember reading

Day 11 – The Book that made you fall in love with reading

Day 12 – A book so emotionally draining you couldn’t complete it or had to set aside for a bit

Day 13 – Favorite childhood book

Day 14 – Book that should be on hs/college required reading list

Day 15 – Favorite book dealing with foreign culture

Day 16 – Favorite book turned movie

Day 17 – Book turned movie and completely desecrated

Day 18 – A book you can’t find on shelves anymore that you love

Day 19 – A book that changed your mind about a particular subject (non-fiction)

Day 20 – A book you would recommend to an ignorant/racist/closed minded person

Day 21 – A guilty pleasure book

Day 22 – Favourite series

Day 23 – Favourite romance novel

Day 24 – A book you later found out the author lied about

Day 25 – Favourite autobiographical/biographical book

Day 26 – A book you wish would be written

Day 27 – A book you would write if you had all the resources

Day 28 – A book you wish you never read

Day 29- An author that you completely avoid/hate won’t read

Day 30 – An author that you will read whatever they put out


Author: Lisa M Fry

Freelance writer & copy-editor. Book lover. Feminist. American in London.

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