This week, we're talking books. Five years ago, my list would have longer and harder to pare down to four. Somehow a house and a husband and kids sucked away that little thing called "free time" and I'm left with a few spare moments here and there to read my Food Network and US Weekly magazines. Never all at in one sitting, of course.
But there are a few books in my memory that rank up as all-time good ones. Like I said, I know this list should be longer, and probably more extensive than just MY opinion. But that's what's great about this little Project and Tiffany and Lauren put together.
It's all about me.
And you know how I love that!
Any Beverly Cleary book, especially those dealing with Ramona. I connected with this wild little girl, who idolized her big sister Beezus, and the fun she always seemed to have. My mom used to read these books to Molly and me before bedtime, and we loved it. She'd hit the end of the chapter and we'd beg for more. My weary mother would count the pages in the next chapter, and often oblige our pleading. Hard to tell a kid no, don't ask me to read to you more.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry. This is the first "novel" I remember reading and absolutely loving the story. If you haven't read it, you should. It's a juvenile book, so for those of you with that "free time" I was mentioning earlier, you'd probably swallow it up in a day or two. The story is about a utopian society, where everyone has a place and a job, and everyone is happy with their assignment in life. There's no pain, no coldness, not even the recognition of colors. It all exists because there's one special person who holds all of these memories: The Giver. And it's time to have a new one take on the responsibility - our hero. It's just wonderful.