Monday, February 08, 2010

Old Favorites

I've traveled the world twice over,
Met the famous; saints and sinners,
Poets and artists, kings and queens,
Old stars and hopeful beginners,
I've been where no-one's been before,
Learned secrets from writers and cooks
All with one library ticket
To the wonderful world of books. ~ Anonymous

DD and I watched the movie "A Wrinkle In Time" this weekend. While I think they did a pretty decent job with it (I didn't like how they handled the stuff with Charles Wallace, Meg and It) it made me crave reading the book again.

So I did.

I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed it. I'm rereading the entire series now, just because I can. Back when DD was younger, I used to read to her every night -- mostly from books that I loved when I was a child. I don't do that anymore, and I think I'm missing out of some well-loved faves. "Black Beauty", the Black Stallion series (yes, I was a horse freak), The Prydain Chronicles, The Dark is Rising series (I LOVED this one) and so many more.

So, I'm visiting DD's bookshelf and snatching some of the books I loved then. Some don't resonate with me like they did way back when, but most do. How amazing that something can be eternal.

What were some of your favorite books when you were a kid?


You Are Cheese

You are rich, distinct, and completely addicting. You make everything a little bit better.

People love you - pretty much no matter what you do. No one can ever get enough of you.

You are indulgent and over the top. You don't hold back or do anything half way.

You are a comforting and soothing person. You are accepting and you don't judge. People turn to you in times of need.

Not even close, lol...



MJFredrick said...

I loved A Wrinkle in Time, but when I tried to read it to my 5th graders a few years back, it didn't hold their attention. I should still reread it. Same with The Long Winter, and Trixie Belden. I loved all those when I was a kid.

Ceri Hebert said...

The Prydain Chronicles were about my favorite (I talked to Lloyd Alexander on the phone one day when he called the company I work for to order one of his books. Very kind man). There was a series of books about a race horse named Bonnie and her owner, Julie that I adored. Constance by Patricia Clapp, Island of the Blue Dolphins, a series about a dog named Silver Chief, the Little House series and anything about horses basically.

My DD has become quite a reader, but she's very into the Twilight type books. She picked one up this weekend and can't get her nose out of it. That's a good thing. :)

anno said...

A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorites. But then there were also the Narna books, C.S. Lewis's Perelandra series, all the Anne of Green Gable books, Trixie Belden.... I never quite connected with The Prydain Chronicles, but my daughter loved them.

And, yes, one wonderful thing about raising a child is the opportunity to revisit all your old favorites!

Maria Zannini said...

A Wrinkle In Time holds a special place in my heart. English is my second language and this was the first book I ever read in my new language.

It also awakened what was to become my lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy.

J.A. Saare said...

I was really into horses (what girl isn't) so I devoured The Black Stallion series. ;)

MomJane said...

I am much older than most of you, so my books as a child were different. The very first books I remember reading were the Bobsy Twins. Then I found a book called The Water Babies. I still love the idea of it. this was when I was about 5. Then as I grew older, it was all the Nancy Drew Books. When I didn't have these to read, I went to the library, started with A, and just kept on going. Can't remember if I ever got to Z.

Dru said...

I loved the Encyclopedia Brown books as well as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys.

You Are Milk

You are caring and nurturing. You like to make sure that your friends are well fed and well loved.

As long as the basics are covered for you, you're happy. All you seek is a roof over your head and a full stomach.

You are a calming influence on others. You haven't figured out why or how, but you're a pretty naturally peaceful person.

You help remind people of simpler, easier times. You make others feel like everything is going to be okay.

this is pretty accurate.

Have a good Monday.

Brandy said...

I read everything I could get my hands on, including Gone with the Wind when I was in 2nd grade. *G* But, the ones I remember the most are Trixie Belden, Anne of Green Gables, Emily of New Moon, Little Women (still a favorite) and Nancy Drew. I'm sure there were lots more, too. *G*
I am Milk, for the quiz.

I hope you're having a terrific day!

Tori Lennox said...

Oh gosh. Trixie Belden, A Wrinkle in Time, The Black Stallion series, the Little House books, The Dark is Rising series, and lots more I've forgotten now.

Jeanine said...

I loved Marguerite Henry's books, my favorite was Brighty of the Grand Canyon, and of course Misty of Chincoteague . Loved those books