Resource media for #LitChat MediaMonday discussion for May 12, 2014, 4-5 p.m. E.D.T.: Why We Lie About Our Favorite Books by Gabrielle Zevin (The Huffington Post, May 8, 2014). Follow #litchat on Twitter or login to our dedicated channel at zevin

In this revealing essay in the Huffington Post, author Gabrielle Zevin  says that she lied about her favorite books for years because, “I liked what it said about me that The Unbearable Lightness of Being was my favorite book.” She realizes now that those books weren’t her favorites, but were books that were seminal influences in her development as a writer. Zevin goes on to explain how readers often mistake books that have influenced them as favorites or  how they claim as favorites books with weighty themes because it makes them feel powerful to have those titles in their personal canon.

When I was 12, my grandfather bought me Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses. When I was 13,Loyalties, Carl Bernstein’s memoir. I never made it through either one, but I toted around the books for years. I liked that he thought these were books that would appeal to me… Gabrielle Zevin

Guest Host on Wednesday in #LitChat: Hazel Gaynor

hazel-gaynorBe sure to join the #LitChat conversation on May 14, when Hazel Gaynor joins us to discuss The Girl Who Came Home, her novel of fictional Titanic survivor Maggie Murphy, one of the few survivors of a group of 14 Irish immigrants who boarded the Titanic with dreams of a new life in America, and Maggie’s granddaughter coming to age in Chicago in the late 1970s and early 1980s.