Kristy Cambron, debut author of The Butterfly and the Violin, is on the blog today! I asked Kristy to write about what books we would find on her Ideal Bookshelf, and she has graciously agreed to share a glimpse of her shelves with us. Read to the end to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of her book.
My Ideal Bookshelf: Kristy Cambron
When I think back on the books that have changed my life, there are a few that fly to the top of the list.
When I need to smile: I admit– sometimes I just love fun books. I can pick one up and it doesn’t have to possess an intricate plot or in-depth characterization. I may simply want to free my mind with a story that can give a temporary escape, and yes, just make me smile. The one book that I’ll read again and again for its sheer brilliance in making me grin every time I turn the pages, is THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. It is the best of swashbuckling adventure, history, romance and bravery– in pen and ink. Read it. I dare you to frown.
When I need to think: I always turn to NIGHT, by Elie Wiesel. It’s haunting. Real yet terrifying. It’s still breathing life into our understanding of humanity, nearly sixty years after its first publication. This portrait of the Holocaust moved me so profoundly that I left changed from the first time I read it. Now, I pick it up again once a year and pray that I never forget what matters in life.
When I need to dream: I have an insatiable need to collect travel books. Yes, they provide extremely helpful research for a writer’s scene-setting. But more than that, I just want to dream. I long to plot out a trip on the maps, to follow the streets in a city I love (Ah… Je t’aime, Paris!), and think about all the things I’ll do when I get there. Café au lait, s’il vous plait!
When I need to fall in love: There’s nothing and no one better than Jane. True, Charlotte Brontë’s JANE EYRE is my favorite novel. But as a genre that started this reader’s love affair with clever dialogue, memorable characters, and an electric wit that cannot be toppled – Miss Austen is the gold standard. I love to fall in love, and her books carry you away in it time over glorious time.
When I need to learn: I own a rather large collection of history books. When I want to step back in time, I walk over to one of my bookcases and pick a treasure from the shelf. Whether it’s archaeology, art history, non-fiction or Christian historical fiction, I’m captivated by where we’ve been as a human race. Finding context in the past is like looking into the deeper parts of who we are.
When I need to believe: The Bible is always there. Its instruction for my life’s journey with Christ and the sheer beauty within the pages is matchless when anything else is stacked against it. My Dad’s Bible was given to me after he passed away; it stays on my home office desk for daily use. It’s the only book I couldn’t hope to live without.
Kristy is giving away one signed copy of The Butterfly and the Violin!
HOW TO ENTER:
What book (or books) would be on your ideal bookshelf and why?
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Thanks for entering! Contest is only open in the U.S. and ends July 29, 2014. Winner will be notified by email.