Thursday, November 29, 2012

Do you remember where you were?

Do you remember where you were the first time you heard one of your favorite books?

I do.

I totally do.

I had a 3rd grade teacher, who everyday after we came in from lunch recess would perch herself upon her tall stool at the front of the class, and read to us.

Sometimes, when it wasn't a book I particularly liked, it seemed to take HOURS for her to get through it.  Sometimes, when it was a GREAT book, suddenly she couldn't be up on that stool long enough.

One of the books she read to us was James and the Giant Peach.
 The characters were creepily attractive, and the story was amazing.  I tried to read it to my kids years and years, and years after I first heard it, but they weren't as intrigued as I was.

My teacher also read Charlotte's Web to us.  I wanted to be IN the book.  I wanted the pet pig Wilbur as my own.
My third grade teacher taught me to LOVE reading, and I also got a good healthy dose, through heredity, from my dad as well.

I grew up loving (and still do), The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.
I recommend it to ALL the kids I've ever known.  It's such a great story.

As a teenager I read Gone with the Wind once...
and then read it 8 more times after that!

When I was learning more about planting and eating more healthy with my family, I read Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and wanted to do exactly as she and her family did for a year of eating only what they had grown and stored away themselves.
I found the author Sarah Addison Allen, and read all her books in  a matter of months, but fell the hardest in love with the Peach Keeper.

Books can take us away to someplace we've never been before, or someplace we've always dreamed of visiting.  They can grab you suspensefully or turn you off completely.
I cannot imagine NOT loving to read.  It's very relaxing to me, and I wish my kids shared my love of it more than they do.

I came across this title maybe on Amazon in the last couple of weeks, and I'd love to read it.
Has anyone read it?

Tell me... do you remember where you were the first time you heard a book you'll never forget?  Are you a reader?


  1. I loved Charlotte's Web, and it was one of my favorite read-alouds when I taught elementary!
    I also like The Peach Keeper; I haven't found any of the other books by her.
    The Mitford books are my favorites. My sister introduced them to me as a young mom; I feasted in snippets between diaper changes!

  2. I love to read. Libraries and bookstores are among my favorite places. When we go to Goodwill I head for the books. My grandma would spend hours reading to us when we were tiny. Then in 2nd grade Mrs. Mitchell read us "Little House in the Big Woods" and I realized that a book can take me somewhere completely different. I read all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books over and over again that year and in the years that followed. I read them until they're pages fell out and were held together with duck tape. Then I met Louisa May Alcott in third grade and fell in love all over again. Of course in in Junior High I found a used copy of "Gone With the Wind" and dreamed of being Scarlett Ohara. Although I just couldn't see what she saw in Ashley when Rhett was right there! So yep I love to read. I alway settle my class down after recess by reading aloud. RIght now we are reading "The Promise" a Christmas story by Jackie French Koller. It's a short little book, but it's one of my all time favorite Christmas stories.


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