In Q & A, a weekly feature of Fantastic Fangirls, we ask our staff to tackle a simple question — then open the floor to comments.
What’s a favorite book to curl up with?
The true but completely boring answer is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but for the sake of your interest I’ll go with another book I love: Diane Hoh’s Titanic: The Long Night.
This 1998 YA novel traces the story of two young girls embarking on the Titanic: Elizabeth Farr, a wealthy New York society-girl whose parents want her to marry an old boring banker, while she harbors ambitions of attending Vassar, and Kathleen Hanrahan, a poor girl from Ireland traveling to America to build a new life, hopefully as a famous singer, but more likely as a nanny or a seamstress. There are romantic entanglements. There is heartbreak. So good. After I first read this book when I was 11 or 12, it sparked a whole phase of reading historical fiction-disaster-romance novels for teens. I regret nothing.
I love curling up with Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried .
I first read this novel in high school, but was too immature to appreciate it at the time. It wasn’t until now did I realize that this was more than just a war story, but the power of storytelling in general. In O’Brien’s own words, “Stories can save us.”
Like Jessica, a truthful answer from me would include any of the Harry Potter books (especially the first one), but it’s so predictable, I thought I would share more!
A book that I never get tired of reading over and over again is This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I love that man and the stories he weaves, which draw from his own experiences being a Dominican immigrant living and growing up in New Jersey. His books world build like nothing else and it draws me in to the lives of people that I can relate to so much. His writing is fantastic and cozy, which I absolutely adore.
So what about you? What’s a favorite book to curl up with?