Thursday, August 10

The Books We Love


by Margie Senechal

Yesterday was Book Lovers Day. I'd have to say just about every day is book lovers day for me--be it my own project at the time or somebody else's book. I think these days we all need a means of escape.

Have you ever noticed that when a nation magazine--like People or EW--interviews an author, they generally ask a few similar questions. There's usually one about what book made you a reader and it's sibling, what book made you a writer? And there's always one about your favorite book or favorite ten books.

Things I've noticed in these lists is that authors almost always name classics--Dickens, Steinbeck,Hemingway, Austen--which makes me a little afraid to ever be interviewed because the classics wouldn't make my list. Maybe by the time I'm interviewed Harry Potter will considered a classic. 

So, in honor--a day late--of book lovers day, tell me, what book made you a reader, or a writer, or what--if you can narrow it down--are five of your favorite books?

Well, that was a sloppy sentence. I'm sure I just gave Editor Nan a panic attack.

I'll begin:
Book that made me a reader: The Boxcar Children and all their mysteries that followed. 

Books/Authors that made me a writer: For me it was the libraries of Paul Zindel, particularly The Pigman and S.E. Hinton--especially after learning she was only 17 when she wrote The Outsiders. These were YA before there was a market for YA.

Favorite Five Books: Harry Potter books, Hunger Games, On the Island, Garden Spells, and The Princess Bride.  

Okay, your turn...and go!

10 comments:

  1. Hmm...I think the books that made me a reader were the Dick and Jane series that taught me to read in the first place--who knew there was a whole world out there?--and my sister's Raggedy Ann and Andy books that I sounded out the words on until I could read them all. Little Women, all by its wonderful self, made me a writer. Good post, Margie!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. And Jo March was definitely an inspiration!

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  2. oooh, great lists, Margie and Liz! All those Beverly Cleary books, I loved every single one, made me a reader...as for writing ... a YA book called PS I Love You made me want to write.

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  3. Beverly Cleary is kind of a local legend around here as she was from Portland. I think I remember that YA book! The first YA I ever wrote--and first book I finished--was a YA Romance geared toward the Sweet Dreams line which was on it's way out by the time I got done. LOL A day late and a dollar short.

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  4. "The Monster at the end of this book." Thrilling, suspenseful, and every time I read it (spoiler alert) the "monster" turned out to be Grover himself. Whew! :-)

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  5. Oh, man, how to narrow it down to just five...okay, ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO by Rachel Fields, LITTLE WOMEN, THE HARVESTER by Gene Stratton-Porter (where I first learned about romantic heroes), every book by Rosamund du Jardin (cheating, but what can I say?), and anything at all by Daphne du Maurier. Again cheating, but it's impossible to pick just one. ;-) Fun post!!

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    1. Oh, Rosemund du Jardin..yes, please.

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  6. Okay, I'm only listing one right now because my brain is on hiatus, but the book that turned me into a reader, and I can't name it without thinking of you Margie, is Where the Red Fern Grows. A book had never made me cry before and it left a lasting impression on me.

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    1. I read that every year for years and sobbed each and every time!

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