My Late Husband’s Favorite Books

My husband of 9 years, Jason, died on June 10th of this year after a 131 day battle with brain cancer. I am grieving deeply both for myself and for my four year old daughter. One project I have been working on as a way to still feel close to my late husband and to keep his memory alive is to read or reread his favorite books.

The books on this list are books that he owned, books that I can remember him talking about at some point in our relationship, or just books I remember him reading and enjoying. I am 32 and he was 42. I never thought to make a comprehensive list before he died because he was just always there to ask again what the name of the book or the author was if I needed to refer to something he loved. He didn’t use goodreads or keep lists of books like I do so it’s been a bit of a struggle to come up with this list and I am sure it is not comprehensive and never will be.

This is what I have though and what I am working my way through, sometimes on my own, sometimes along with his sister as a buddy read, and in the future with my daughter as well.

Books he owned before I met him

These are books he had when we moved in to our home together  when we had been together for about 8 months. Things I had always meant to read with him or for him and never got around too. You can add that to the gigantic list of regrets I have.

Books or authors he talked about reading previously


Books he read when I worked at a library

Jason had a strange reading pattern. Whereas I read slowly, but constantly, he read very quickly and sporadically. He would read thousands of pages in a week, demolishing a full fantasy series from start to finish in just a few days, and then he wouldn’t read again at all for 6 months to a year. These are book series I remember him reading start to finish at various points while I was working at a local library.


And  a few one off books or authors he read and enjoyed



I wish I had a more complete list of the things he loved. I don’t know that it would make missing him any more bearable and it’s an impossible wish at this point so I will continue to slowly make my way through these books I know that he enjoyed and try to feel closer to him again somehow, in some way.

4 thoughts on “My Late Husband’s Favorite Books

  1. I love it! I’d also like to see a list of the different things he liked in general. When you lose someone you love, the most random things will remind you of them. Maybe a song, or a movie and the grief will sneak up on you out of nowhere. There will be times when you will be in a room surrounded by people that you love yet you will feel all along. But, also there will come a time in the future where you will think of him, or see something you know he would love, and instead of cry at the thought, you will smile and be thankful for the short time you guys had together. Its important to just take it one day at a time and remember that the bad days will make the good days much sweeter! ❤❤ Much love!!!

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