Hi everyone,

I love reading. Before I found out that I could actually borrow books from the library, I spent a lot of money on books. Really, like a hundred dollars a month on them only to find out some of them could disappoint me greatly. Since I move a lot, owning books can be quite a hassle when the time comes to move to a new place. I ended up donated lots and lots of books and only keep the ones I love and read often. Here are my favorite 5:


1. The Tales of Beedle the Bard (J.K. Rowling)
If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is a must-read for you. Of course, the book was mentioned in book 7 but you don't get the whole idea of what the stories are until you read the book. It's short but is a very engaging book for Muggles and wizards alike.

2. The Society of S (Susan Hubbard)
No, S doesn't stand for sex. In fact, this book has nothing to do with sex. It is about vampires but please don't give me that face. It is a beautifully written book with a different aspect about vampires. Definitely not your typical Twilight book but it's not one of your Anne Rice vampire stories, either. You will be surprised at the eloquence and melody this book has. I already read its sequel, "The Year of Disappearances", and had no idea that the latest one already came out.

3. The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Settterfield)
Another beautifully written book in my stash. This one reminds me a lot of "Wuthering Heights" with its dark and gothic story. I won't tell you what the story is, you have to read to find out but one thing I know for sure:  it won't disappoint.

4. The Bonesetter's Daughter (Amy Tan)
To me, this is the best book Amy Tan has ever written. The story is beautiful and the book has a certain melodic quality with an air of melodramatic in it. It makes me think of the old world and the tragedies that bounded women to the ground. If you have ever read Amy Tan's memoir, you will find out this book is probably the closest to her own family history.

5. The Book of the Dead (Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child)
I went through a phase of not buying any books after discovering the local library. However, the yearn to own books is something I couldn't run away so far. I found this book in a slush pile at Border's (RIP). It was 5 dollars and since it had the words "New York Times Best-selling Authors" written on top, I bought it. I was blown away by the writing! Since then, I have been a faithful follower of Agent Pendergast. He is an extraordinary character and if you haven't read the Pendergast series, you should. The good starting point should be "The Cabinet of Curiosities" although "Still Life with Crows" is a good one to start, too.

That's all for now, folks! What are your favorite books? I'd love to hear from you.

Love,
Dao xoxo


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