Wednesday, 6 May 2015

blog everyday in may: day six

Good morning, y'all! I hope your Wednesday is treating you well. I'm super excited about today's prompt because, well, I'm a book fiend. I love reading, always have, even as a kid. I always considered getting sent to my room a pretty awesome punishment because my books were in there. This is the stuff English majors are made of (...of which English majors are made). Grammar aside, today I get to talk about five books I love. And the hardest part? Figuring out which five books to talk about.

1. Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling

I've only included a picture of the first book in this series, despite having at least two copies of each book. I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 1999, thanks to a Scholastic Book Fair. (Am I the only one who wanted one of those every week?) I was hooked. In fact, when Goblet of Fire came out, my Dad held it hostage in exchange for doing chores. Cruel, but effective. I still have fond memories of reading it while listening to Smash Mouth on my personal CD player. Yeah, I was that cool. This series later became part of my undergraduate thesis project, a project that still keeps me up at night because I. Can't. Stop. Wanting. To. RESEARCH.

2. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott

I was given this copy of Little Women for Christmas by my grandparents when I was 10 or 11. The spine is broken and there are chocolate smears and tear stains on the pages, but that's what makes an old book so lovely. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy were sisters of my own during my childhood. I devoured every other book in the school library by Louisa May Alcott after reading this...and it was also part of that research project I mentioned earlier.

3. Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery

Oh, how could I write about books without mentioning Anne? Even though I'm 99% positive that my complex about not having red hair stems from this series, I can't hold that against her. Anne is such a wonderful girl to grow up with, especially if you have a natural propensity for drama and critical hair dye mistakes. Not to mention, of course, the stupendous Canadian film version that I watched daily with my own Anne as we grew up. I even walked down the aisle to "Anne's Theme," which is testament to my deep-abiding love.

4. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte

Jane, my fantastic feminist pal. This book has it all: mystery, moors, orphaned French children, love...what more could you want? It also has one of my favorite heroines in the brave, moral Jane. It's given me a long-standing fear of dreaming about babies and so many "YOU GO, JANE" moments that I couldn't count them all.

5. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Required reading at school was never an issue for me. And as you can probably tell from the cover of this book, TKAM is a much-loved favorite. I'd like to send a thanks out to whatever teacher it was who decided that freshmen at my high school had to read this--you rock. This was the book I carried around in my purse before I had Kindle on my iPhone. It has traveled the world with me, from long lines at the DMV to trips abroad. And before you ask, no, I'm not sure how I feel about this "sequel." Part of me can't stop wanting that book in my hands right this very minute and the other part of me is genuinely concerned that an elderly woman has been taken advantage of. Regardless of the new book, TKAM is incredible and moving and actually, I think I have to stop writing to go read it again.

Anyone else a book fiend? I'm thinking of starting a support group... ;)


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  1. Such a great list of books! I also have more than one copy of my Harry Potter books. ;-)

    1. You can never have too many Harry Potter books, in my opinion!

  2. I love all of these! A little piece of me dies when someone says they don't read. I'd add The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, and Emma by Jane Austin to my list!

    1. All of those books are great, too! There were so many books I wanted to add, but then it would just end up as a massive list. :)


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