This is one of my favorite books and has just been added to the “read in 2008” list! Yay for book #5. By my original schedule, I should be on book 8, but I think I can read 7 more before the end of December if I really set my mind to it.
I was given “Letters for Emily” by my step-mother (more like my sister/friend) when I graduated high school 6 years ago (oh my land, yes it’s been that long). It’s a fiction novel about a grandfather that leaves behind letters for his granddaughter and is based loosely on real-life experience. Contained within each letter are words of wisdom about how to live one’s life well. This read-through was number 3 I think, and I cry every time. I definitely recommend it.
My favorite quote from the book is: “My existence will be utterly miserable without you by my side. I will shiver, for you are my warmth–I will be lonely, for you are my friend–I will be lost, for you are my guide. Everything good in me, no matter how small, you discover. I long to see your smile in the morning, to feel your touch in the evening.” (p. 171)
My rating is A+.