I read a lot. Actually this is an understatement. I read a whole lot. If I don’t have a book on the go I feel antsy. I like my house to have stacks of books on every available service and on the weekends I read the book reviews and tear out names of even more books that I’ll plan to read. I could quit my job and do nothing but read and I still wouldn’t catch up. I come from a long proud line of readers.The only problem with reading a lot of books is you forget a lot of books. There are few things more frustrating than being 1/4 of the way through the book when you start to realize that you know what is going to happen, not because of psychic ability, but because you’ve read the book before.
Then there are the books that stay with you. The ones that you find yourself telling other people about in a rabid obsessed kind of way. You know that they NEED to read this particular book.
I’ve enjoyed reading the posts this week because it reminded me of so many books. Many of them as soon as I heard the title I remembered the book instantly. It was like coming across a great friend that I hadn’t seen in years. What surprised me is how many I remembered- I’ve killed a lot of brain cells since my mis-spent youth. Some of my favorites:
- A Separate Peace
- The Chocolate Wars
- Judy Blume-pretty much all of them
- Charlotte’s Web
- James and the Giant Peach.
I couldn’t decide on a favorite- it came down to one of these two:
- The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler
- The Phantom Tollbooth
If you haven’t read The Phantom Tollbooth or The Mixed Up Files- you really should. Your life is empty and meaningless- you just don’t know it. There is no need for you to suffer- they are both still in print.