Sunday, July 26, 2009

Falling In Love With Reading

Check out Pamela's blog about her daughter falling in love with reading. Beautiful!

What book did you fall in love with as a kid? Or an adult? I don't remember being a kid, so I'll just share the book that affected me most: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver.


Pamela Hammonds said...

Funny that it just hit me now, reading your post, that I hadn't thought about what book changed me. I think it happened in middle school but I can't remember the name of the book. It was a series about sisters and I believe one was a nurse.

Like you--much of my childhood is a fog! I've tried over the years to remember what they were called, but since they were from my school library and I never owned them, I really have no way of knowing.

I never remember a time in my life when I didn't have a book handy. I'm always reading something. I can't imagine a life without books.

Susan Poulos said...

Joan, you mentioned Poisonwood and I have to add The Bean Trees, also by BK. I just read it this weekend for the first time, and I have to say that I am STILL falling in love with books (like this one) all over again. Pamela- great post on Mia falling in love with a book. It doesn't get much better than that!

Joan Mora said...

Pamela--I don't know that one, but I just remembered two more, not from childhood, but from my teen years. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton and The Trouble with Angels by Jane Trahey (also, it made a great movie with Rosalind Russell as Mother Superior).

Susan--Thanks for stopping by. I've never read The Bean Trees, I'll have to try it.

About Me said...

I don't remember much of what I read until Little Women as a freshman or sophomore in high school. In my later years I prefer biography or nonfiction. Recently, I read Hermoine Lee's biography of Edith Wharton...after that The Dark Side by Jane Mayer. The Poisonwood Bible was one of the best, along with the Secret Life of Bees.


mary-lucille said...

Oddly enough the two greatest favourites were American: Little Women & What Katy did at School, though I also liked Heidi. (My sis & I still write to our Mother as 'marmee'.)

Apart from Black Beauty, my favourite British novel for children was The Secret Garden which I still like. (One chap I'd been v taken with immediately discounted himself as a prospect when he dismissed it as 'mawkish'!)

The appeal of most of these books was projection of some sort - no dishonour in that - I especially identified with the obnoxious Mary in TSG as I was not well-socialised with other children so, to my shame, took refuge myself in behaving as though I were above all the others...