bothDo you have a set of books that you re-read every year? For me it’s the Abhors­en Tril­o­gy. Do you want to know how much I love the­se books?

-I lit­er­al­ly read AND lis­ten to them once a year. Like sep­a­rate­ly. I lis­ten to them once on audio book and then lat­er in the year I read the actu­al phys­i­cal books. (The audio book is read by Tim Cur­ry. JUST SAYING)
-I have read through at least 2 copies of the books. At Least. Like I mean that I read the books so much that they dis­in­te­grate.
-When I changed my name legal­ly (for entire­ly unre­lat­ed rea­sons), I added Lirael into my name.

Why do I love the­se books so much? Well, I would not have made it through my young life with­out the­se books. I’m not just say­ing that because they ‘helped me grow up’ or because I ‘learned valu­able things’ or blah. I’m say­ing it because lit­er­al­ly I would be dead if I didn’t have the­se books. sab

Okay, so we’re going to get dark for a sec­ond here, but bear with me.

I read Lirael (the sec­ond book in the series) dur­ing a par­tic­u­lar­ly bad bout of teenage depres­sion. I’m talk­ing slight hos­pi­tal­iza­tion-style stuff. I had already read and loved the first book, but Lirael is even near­er and dear­er to my heart. Why? Because the sto­ry of Lirael was one of over­com­ing deep-root­ed life long depres­sion. I was deal­ing with that in my real life, and fol­low­ing Lirael through her own jour­ney to over­come self hatred and depres­sion brought me slow­ly but sure­ly out of my own.

I know that not every­one is going to love this series as much as I do. I have a seri­ous per­son­al con­nec­tion. But let me just tell you that it is worth at least one read. It is full of fan­ta­sy and sur­vival and mag­ic and a cat that talks. Seri­ous­ly. Read the­se books. lirael

So, what do you think?