Friday, February 7, 2014

Feature and Follow #187-04: Read It Again for the First Time

It's time for Feature and Follow Friday!

This week's question: If you could read a book for the “first time” again, which book would it be? Why?

I really struggled with this week's question. I think I have to go back to my childhood and I can't choose just one!

A Taste of Blackberries by Doris Buchanan Smith
I remember sobbing my eyes out while reading this book. It is the first book I remember such a deep emotional connection with. I've been on the hunt for this book for ages. And finally found copy last year in a used bookshop in Seattle while on vacation. My husband made fun of me for paying a little over $2 for the book. I pointed out to him that this book to me is like his copy of Stephen King's The Stand that is falling apart for its many re-readings.
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
I talk about this book on my Meet the Cast page.

...[Charlotte] was probably the strongest, most determined female lead I'd ever been exposed to. I still recommend The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle to my friends, especially those with young daughters, because I still remember how I felt when Charlotte made her final decision at the end of the book and how liberating it was think that maybe someday I would have the freedom to make such a choice.
I only hope some of the decisions I have made in life are done with the same level of courage and bravery as Charlotte's.
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Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
Next to the book 2 + 2 = 4 which I recall my mother reading to me, Ramona the Pest is the next book I remember being read aloud to me by my 1st and 2nd grade teacher. I still remember the joy of Ramona pulling Susan beautiful curls (BOING!). Ramona powdering her nose with a marshmallow singing, "I'm going to have party! I'm going to have a party!" And the delight of Ramona telling her friends that Fig Newtons are filled with WORMS! The sight of a package of Newtons makes me smile to this day.
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Other books on my list: A Ring of Endless Light by Madeline L'Engle, Outlander and Voyager both by Diana Gabaldon and The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George.

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If anyone knows the author of 2 + 2 = 4, please leave me a comment or send me fan mail. I remember the book being in the children's section of my elementary school. It was hardcover and I believe the dust jacket was red and white. My mother would read a chapter a night to my sister and I. I believe the author had another book and vaguely recall not liking it as well.