Today is my 13th wedding anniversary. And, yes, I know it is also D-Day, you can save the jokes; I think I have heard them all over the last 13 years.
Thinking back on the day, I was remembering what books my husband and I chose to read on our honeymoon. Being book lovers, we both took our choices very seriously.
I chose to read Dewey Defeats Truman by Thomas Mallon for a few reasons. First, it was American historical fiction and I was only a year out of college and my American Studies degree. Second, this novel also had a love story at its center, and I was reading it on my honeymoon. Third, the book was set in the small New York hometown of Dewey but it also alludes to the famous Tribune headline. I was leaving my childhood life in the NJ/NY area and buying my first home in the Chicago area right after the honeymoon. It was the perfect bridge book between my old home and my new. The coming of age angle to the story was also appropriate.
While my choice was good, my husband's was even better. He chose to read the classic trip novel On the Road by Jack Kerouac. But not only did he read it, he also used the inside covers to record everything we did and ate on our honeymoon. We have gone back over the years and looked through this log of the first days of our marriage. It is a special memento. The fact that is also a book, is a bonus.
To this day just the mention of these books, even just their authors, brings back those happy memories of my wedding and honeymoon.
So for today's Monday Discussion, share a book that is tied to a particularly happy memory in your life.
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