Last Read: Part One of a Series

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What would you choose?

A conversation recently came up on twitter in regards to this NPR article: Chefs Pick Their Last Meal on Earth. Being readers/writers, of course our discussion focused on what would we choose as our Last Read on Earth. As future Land of Lost Books Guest Poster Melanie Greene said, “It’s just a twist on the whole desert island reads thing, right?”

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I’d mulled the whole desert island thing over before, and had already decided that I was going to steal my mom’s answer for that question. I would want the Bible with me if I were to be stranded on an island forevermore. Not for any particular religious reason, but because it’s chock full of stories of love and hate and murder and redemption. Something for everyone. Or in this case, something for poor, lonely, stranded me.

But, that would not be the book I would choose as my Last Read. When we first started talking about it, I thought it would be an impossible choice. There are so many that I love. Oddly enough though, after a lively internal debate, I was able to come to a decision rather easily.

THE FINALISTS

Outlander by Diana Galbaldon, Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught, Trade Wind by M.M. Kaye — all titles that I’ve mentioned in various forms here on Land of Lost Books, and all with something to love. I quickly eliminated the first two though, because those are books in series that are not yet complete, and I think I would find myself frustrated to know I was about to meet my maker without knowing how they ended. And although my love of Witch and Whitney and Trade are strong and true, they don’t hold a candle to the book that contains within it’s pages so many special personal connections that it I knew it had to be The One.

THE WINNER

I’m probably not alone when I say I’d choose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as my Last Read selScreen shot 2014-04-29 at 11.19.56 AMection. Not so much for the story itself, although certainly for that too, but more for who I shared that story with over the years, and all the amazing memories it contains for me. My husband is not much of a reader, much to my chagrin, but this series was something we read together, taking turns reading aloud, eagerly awaiting each book in the series. He even went to our local Borders (ah, Borders) at midnight to snag us a copy of Deathly Hallows. And later, I was able to do the same with my daughters, starting with book one, reading to each other every night, discovering the joy of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s story all over again. I can only hope that some day I’ll be lucky enough to have the opportunity to do the same with my grandchildren.

So for me, it ended up being a fairly simple choice. How about you?

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  1. Now you’ve gone & made me all sentimental about HP. I read the first one while nursing my newborn second son, and just thinking about it brings back all those memories of holding him and reading – and then reading it to his big brother, and eventually all of the other HP-related things in our lives: halloween costumes made, movies attended, staying up all night to read the later books, that time the kids were overseas when Book 5 came out & their dad took the 8 year old to the bookstore at midnight and he called to read me the first paragraph because he was 7 hours ahead of me.

    See, and I didn’t think HP would be on my list of contenders, and you’ve completely changed my mind!

    1. I love that you guys did a little time-turning of your own! (-: Great memories – so amazing how a book can hold such a huge piece of our heart, isn’t it?

  2. I’m not going to give away my choice here, since I think I’ll be sharing it later :). But I love yours!

    I think this is definitely a different question that the desert island one. I think because on the desert island there is at least the hope that you may get to read another book someday. You know, when the rescue plane arrives and/or you build a raft for you and your bloody volleyball friend to escape on. Plus, you can always make up your own stories, or recall some favorites from memory. And, it’s one you’ll have to read over and over and over again.

    But a last read. This is it, man. All she wrote. It’s definitely a different mind set. At least it was for me.

    Looking forward to reading all of these posts. It’s an interesting question!

  3. What a great kick-off to the series! I love how this book ties you to various parts of your life. I can’t wait to read the others!

    1. Can’t wait to see how others come up with their Last Read, and whether or not it is an easy answer, or one that they really struggled with.

  4. Oh my! I love the way your pick touches on so many significant moments in your life. That would be a perfect book/series to sustain good feelings at a critical time, right? Excellent post.

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