Hmm, actually kind of hard. I went in and stared at my bookshelves and thought for a while. There are an incredible number of books that have made a huge impression on me for one reason or another. Instead of choosing my favorite book (Robin McKinley's THE BLUE SWORD) or one of the tons of books that have touched me in different ways, I am going to write about the book I have had on my bookshelf the longest.
I got I WANT TO GO HOME by Gordon Korman through Troll Book Order (does everyone remember how awesome that was?) in the fourth grade. It has been dropped in the bathtub, sneezed on, spilled on, loaned out and returned, thrown, kicked, and cried on. Every page corner has been folded down (both ways) and a dog took a little bite out of the front cover. I loved reading long before fourth grade, but this book was the first one that made me laugh out loud and want to share the joke with my classmates. I am thankful for this book for letting me know that books can be hilarious and that reading can be a social activity if you are willing to share the magic with others.