My dad has been recommending a book to me for some time now. I found it the other day at a used bookstore and started reading it last night. It is one of the best books I have ever read. Granted, I haven't finished it yet, but even if the rest of the book is complete crap, it will still be one of my favorites. And I read a lot of books. AND I am pretty picky when it comes to claiming a book is a favorite. Are you ready to find out what this book is? I bet you are shaking with excitement. I bet you are barely breathing because you can't stand the suspense. Well, shake no more and start breathing again-- the book is Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. It is about the Vietnam War and the people involved in the war. It gave me a new perspective on what it was like for the soldiers (my dad being one of those soldiers) and what they had to carry with them during and well after the war. Everyone has their own stories, their own pebbles, their own childhood dreams, their own tunnels. The Things They Carried does not romanticize or hide anything; it lays everything out and leaves me in tears. It's worth your time, so please pick it up.