The Booker Award … For People Who Refuse to Live in the Real World

The lovely Pat Wood ( nominated me for The Booker Award and I can’t resist an opportunity to share some of my favorite books.

The rules are pretty simple – I list my top five books and what I’m reading now. So I can’t just chose adult books. I’m really reaching back into my memory to books I’ve read as a child that left a lasting impression.

Drumroll please …

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I read this for the first time in 7th grade and found it fantastically hilarious. It became a tradition with one of my best friends to pick it up every so often to re-read and toss random quotes back and forth. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. I always loved this book as a child, and as a teenager it led me to write a research paper pleading the good people of my little high school to fight deforestation. As an adult, when I read it, it has a completely different meaning. And I never read it without crying.

3. Time’s Arrow by Martin Amis. I don’t want to say too much about this book for fear of giving it away. But it’s a very poignant story written in the most clever method.

4. Severance: Stories by Robert Olen Butler. This is more a collection of vignettes than a novel, but the premise is so clever that I want to try it. It is believed that the human head remains conscious for a minute and a half after decapitation, and in that time a human can “think” 160 words. So, each of these vignettes are the dying thoughts of a severed head. Morbidly awesome.

5. The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie. Ok, so I admit, the only reason I picked up this book is because I’m a die-hard U2 fan and they recorded a song called The Ground Beneath Her Feet inspired by the book. It’s a haunting, beautiful song, so I tried the book, even though it’s Rushdie (three tries to get through Satanic Verses and I still haven’t finished it). Turns out to be one of my favorite books of all time.

Now, for what I’m reading now. It’s actually two books, The Sociopath Next Door for character research for my next book, and The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, the next read for our book club (appropriately chosen in the off chance we all survive the Mayan apocalypse).

I’m going to break the rules – because that’s how I roll – and instead of nominating five bloggers to join in the fun, I’m going to ask all of you. What are some of your favorite books and why?

Happy Reading!

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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8 Responses to The Booker Award … For People Who Refuse to Live in the Real World

  1. mamacormier says:

    I also belong to a book club and there are so many books that I love. Presently we are reading
    In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larsen. I really liked this non fiction story of the American Ambassador to Berlin during rise of Hitler in the 1930s and his conflict with his duties and his conscience.
    I’ll have to think about my other choices.

  2. My favorite book is John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley. I loved the way he indentified himself with other Americans and his one man/one dog account of the America he encountered. He was definitely one of the greats.

  3. I think the Severence book might become one of my favorites. Somehow, my morbid phase, which is supposed to be over by the age of 19, has never left me. One of the classics, which I’ve read twice, once when I was 14 and another time when the first movie was released, was The Lord of the Rings (Yes, I know it’s six books). I got pretty much caught up in that world when I was younger, until my morbid phase came over me and I started dressing in black… Goth style, mind you, there were no Emos back then (at least not as a fashion style). Another favorite: The Brothers Karamasov (Dostoyevski), which my dad gave to me while I was being hospitalized. Not much else to do than read when you’re not allowed out of bed for 9 days. Also helped me quit smoking 8 years ago. Not the book, but being hospitalized. I’ll give you another Russian classic, by Bulgakov: Master and Margarita. My dad is obsessed with that book, and I can totally understand why. And last, but not least, pretty much anything by Friedrich Nietzsche. He was a sick, demented bastard. I like him.

    I am currently reading the series “A Song of Ice and Fire”, a.k.a. the books to the TV-series “A Game of Thrones”, by George R. R. Martin. I think people generally misunderstand his style, but that doesn’t stop them from liking it.

  4. Adam S says:

    The giving tree is a tear-jerker. Shel Silverstein was a grade school staple!

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