81 - Momo
Momo, by Michael Ende (who is best known for writing The Neverending Story), is a fantastical allegory about taking back our lives and our time to enjoy the little things that really matter. When a ragged but special little girl named Momo notices a sad change in her city--the children don't have time to play, the storytellers don't have time to tell stories, shop owners can't seem to get ahead--she sets out on a journey to find out why and make things right again. Along the way, she encounters soul-sucking Men in Grey, who work for the Time-Saving Bank and are literally consuming other people's time while promising to garner interest on all "saved" time. This simple but beautiful story is guaranteed to remind readers of the precious gifts of time, relationships, and finding joy in every part of life. After it tugs on your heartstrings, be sure to pass it on.
~ Kristena Derrick