The first wedding anniversary is paper. K and I both had the same idea of giving each other a book. I wandered the sci-fi aisles until I came upon a book I thought he might like. I was very pleased with my pick. On the day of our anniversary I handed K his book and he handed me a book shaped package as well. He had picked out his favorite book to share with me, All the Pretty Horses, by Cormac McCarthy. Inside the book he inscribed, “This is the beginning of a tradition that I think you will really enjoy. Every year, I am going to pick out a book to give for as many years as we’ve been married. 1 year/1 book, 2 years/2 books, 3 years/3 books…”  How lucky am I?!?!

The following books are the books K has chosen for me on our anniversaries.

Year 1:

  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

There is something magical and insightful reading someone’s favorite book. I love reading this book and imagining K reading it as well. I love talking to him about the book and learning his opinions. I love sharing this story with him and learning more about him in the process. I love learning more about K. A great way to get to know someone is reading their favorite book. Thank you for sharing this with me, K!

Year 2:

  • Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I love that K chose this book while I was binging the show on Hulu. I have found that many of the classics I read as a teen, I did not fully read and appreciate. I watched the show multiple times with my jaw either dropped or clenched. I loved receiving the book and being able to read and reread the story that was consuming my life. Good job, K!

  • Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

A collection of stories. Falling in love with a story and falling in love with an author are different processes for me. I have consumed every piece of Dan Brown writing because I love his writing style. After falling in love with the story of a Handmaid’s Tale, I was excited to fall in love with the author by reading more of her work. I haven’t yet fallen in love with Margaret Atwood, but I sure am intrigued by her. This book opened me up to sharing short pieces that gave me more insight to who she is and what she has to offer in our reading relationship.

Year 3:

  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

AAAA! I remember reading the series when it first came out and being hooked! So many of the books I chose to read after resulted from a “If you liked the hunger games, you will like …” search. Rereading the series did not disappoint. Since our anniversary is in July, I was able to enjoy these books during summer vacation. I laid by the pool and immersed myself into the districts. I highly recommend rereading this series, I am assuming that you have already read the books, if you haven’t – where have you been? Get off your high horse and enjoy the story. Life’s to short to not enjoy as many Young Adult (YA) books as possible. Yes, challenging yourself and your beliefs is also important in life, but I truly believe escaping to the fictional worlds created by some amazing authors is also important.

Year 4:

  • Lord of the Rings (including The Hobbit) by J.R.R. Tolkien

I attended a small private school growing up and we read The Two Towers in class. Studying the book and its connections to The Bible have left an impression on me and as a result, my ideas about the series. I didn’t envision that I would read these books again, but with 15 years between my last experiences reading the books and now, it is probably time to open my mind back up to exploring Middle Earth. I’ll have to check back with you after rereading these stories this year.