That’s right, it is another birthday for our family, all wrapped up in one week. Today is a pretty special one because, well, it’s Mom. The kids are overwhelmed with our little birthday season but they were still ecstatic to make Mom some wonderful art and wake her up nice and early before I sent them off to school.
She means the world to us, constantly pushing our family to be the best we can, and driving the bus forward. As a partner she is everything I could dream of and more. We will do anything to make this milestone birthday special for her.
But, not before we do our little blogging tradition of choosing our top 5 books so far in life. I gave Jenn the option of writing this post up herself or letting me interview her a bit, she chose the latter, and somehow picked 13 books. One day, I will get her on here. Anyways, lets get into things here…
Bonus: Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis and Larry Sloman
As a major fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers this book called out to Jenn. Reading this biography at a point when she was transitioning out of the partying, bad girl phase of her life, helped with the personal growth. Giving her a chance to live vicariously through the author, as the book sits on the shelf it helps to close a chapter in her life. She also admits that the quality of the book is not that great, but, just like her obsession with the 90’s film, Clueless, it is a comfort to her.
5. Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
This is a series that as I was finishing up, I demanded that Jenn had to read. She goes on record as to say that she doesn’t want to choose these books for her top five because of spite, but, she cannot deny that they are fantastic. If you push past the fantasy theme, anyone can fall in love with the writing and characters created here. Jenn goes on to say, you were right, the rightest person in right town, I am in awe of your rightness and you are automatically right in the next ten disagreements… okay, I may have misquoted her a tiny bit.
4. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
A relatively new book in Jenn’s life, a Mother’s Day present from the kids and I, I can validate that this was easily her favorite book this year. Recommending it to pretty much anyone, and quoting it and laughing about it to this day. Sharing a connection with the author who has a long list of mental illnesses, (that obviously nurse Jenn can pronounce, but, blogger Green cant even try to spell) Jenn resonates with much of the struggle. Appreciating the light hearted, positive approach, this book literally mad her laugh out loud many times, and stopping me from whatever I was doing to share an anecdote or strange picture.
3. The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
As part of a larger series from Anne Rice, this book in particular stood out for Jenn. An underline thing for vampires, the story was one she read during the height of a goth phase (that I have yet to see any pictures from?). The darker, grimier themes in this book, separated it from the rest of the series, and a world of other books.
2. The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
A life long love affair with all that is Stephen King, and especially this series. Jenn had read this seven book collection for over a decade, spending a few years reading nothing else. The connection with other Stephen King books was a major appeal, especially with personal favorite, Drawing of the Three. With the conclusion to the series coming out just a few years ago, I personally witnessed her major disappointment with the ending. Still, these books have had a lasting effect on her entire life.
1. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Fitting that Stephen King would dominate the top of Jenns list, as she happens to share a birthday with her favorite author. This is always a book that Jenn brings up when talking about personal favorites and it was nice to hear some of her deeper reasoning. Read at three different stages in her life, from youth, to new adult, to her established adult life. Each reading brought new light into the characters and she had resonated with a new one with every turn. This is Jenn’s comfort book, a story she has shared a life long appreciation for and obviously she has a little thing for vampires.
Thanks booknerds, yeah I found a partner whose favorite book isn’t Harry Potter.