A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway

Hello, my name is Jessica and I'm an avid reader. Every avid reader knows you can't ask a fellow book lover what their favorite book is, or who their favorite author might be. How can we narrow it down to just one? Especially when one favorite always leads to another. That's how bookshelves grow, isn't it?

Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast was an instant favorite. As soon as the last page was turned I picked up and devoured The Sun Also Rises and revisted Lost Generation writers I hadn't read in years, particularly F. Scott Fitzgerald. My bookshelf has since developed a bit of a Parisian theme, including titles like The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, a story based on Hemingway's first love Hadley Richardson, and The Sweet Life of Paris by David Lebovitz, the memoir of an American pastry chef living in the city of love.

Unlike my affair with literary American expats, my love for Michael Ondaatje's writing was not so immediate. My first encounter with his work was laborious, to say the least. The book was In the Skin of a Lion, and while I could grasp that it was an incredible piece of literature, it intimidated me immensely. Eventually I gathered the courage to read Ondaatje's memoir Running in the Family, a fact and fiction story of his childhood in what is now Sri Lanka. Today, his titles fill my shelves, including a treasured signed copy of The Cat's Table. Alongside them live other Canadian favorites like Joseph Boyden's Three Day Road and Ruth Ozeki's A Tale for the Time Being.

As Ondaatje's writing encouraged me to read more Canadian literautre, Khaled Hosseini's popular story The Kite Runner inspired me to expand my reading into other Western Asia countries where I discovered even more favorites. Snow by Orhan Pamuk is the haunting telling of a rash of suicides among young girls in Kars, Turkey, and the Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri is a beautiful collection of short stories about dislocation in India and America.

When an avid reader finds one favorite there are thousands more to be discovered.

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Favorite after favorite...

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tender Is the Night
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Paris Wife
by Paula McLain
The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
The Sweet Life in Paris
by David Lebovitz
In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje
In the Skin of a Lion
by Michael Ondaatje
Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje
Running in the Family
by Michael Ondaatje
Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
Divisadero
by Michael Ondaatje
The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
The Cat's Table
by Michael Ondaatje
Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
Three Day Road
by Joseph Boyden
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner
by Khaled Hosseini
Snow by Orhan Pamuk
Snow
by Orhan Pamuk
nterpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Names
The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot
by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
Paradise by Toni Morrison
Paradise
by Toni Morrison
Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
Prodigal Summer
by Barbara Kingsolver
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

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