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.
- The Depression Book by Cheri Huber
- That Which you are Seeking is Causing You to Seek by Cheri Huber
- Be the Person You Want to Find by Cheri Huber
- The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama XIV
- The 7 Habits of highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- Paths of Darkness Collector’s Edition by RA Salvatore
- The Icewind Dale Trilogy by RA Salvatore
- On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony
Books or authors he talked about reading previously
- Terry Pratchett
- Robert Lynn Aspirin
- Christopher Stasheff
- Dirk Gently Series by Douglas Adams
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
- Clan Lasombra Trilogy by Bruce Baugh
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
- The Stainless Steel Rat Series by harry Harrison
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series by Douglas Adams
- Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice
- The Sword in the Stone by T H White
- The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
- The Da Vinci Code series by Dan Brown
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
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.
- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Claire
- The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
- Septimus Heap by Angie Sage
- Warriors series by Erin Hunter
- Redwall series by Brian Jacques
And a few one off books or authors he read and enjoyed
- Chuck Palaniuk
- Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- Armada by Ernest Cline
- I hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
- Monstress by Marjorie M Liu
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.