Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Books I Wish I Could Read Again For The First Time
1. Island of The Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - I read this when I was twelve and again as an adult - I still enjoyed it, but the magic had gone.
2. The Lion by Joseph Kessel - I also read this when I was twelve and it secured my position as a life-long reader. I looooved this story. It had an emotional ending (mild by today's standards) which kind of blew my tender tween mind.
3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I read this as a teenager and I was absolutely mesmerized by the imagery, the characters, and the message. I haven't read it since because I am afraid to break the spell.
4. The Clan of The Cave Bear by Jean Auel - I also read this as a teenager and vowed to name any girls I had after Ayla. How cool was she?! I now have three super-excellent, handsome and smart boys. No girls.
5. The Life and Times of The Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson - I laughed myself silly through this entire memoir.
6. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers - I read this when it first came out sometime in the 90s and loved every word. I tried reading it again last year and couldn't make it through the first twenty pages. Ugh, I don't know what happened?
7. Catch Me if You Can by Frank W. Abagnale - I came across this book in the library years before the movie came out. The whole premise of this guy faking his way through all these professions was just so . . . fantastical. I kept shaking my head and reading excerpts out loud to hub; we could hardly believe this guy got away with so much for so long. The movie is not as good as the original book.
8. Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo - This is the story of the young Native woman who escorted the Lewis and Clark expedition across the Western United States in the early 1800s. The history and adventure in this book had me enthralled. I first read it in my early twenties and then again about ten years later and it just wasn't the same.
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