Thursday, November 6, 2014
#BookBlogWriMo DAY SIX: THROWBACK THURSDAY (FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOKS)
#BookBlogWriMo has now brought us to DAY SIX! Are you still with us! Can you believe that WE are still with us. Yeah, me neither! So, anyways...today is a feature about our favorite Childhood books...aka #throwbackthursday y'all!
How shall we do this? Just chatterbox-ing away? Okay! So, numero uno on the list would have to be The Harry Potter Series. I started reading this series in the 5th grade (wow, still can't believe that either!) when the first four books were done. THEN...I can remember the last one didn't come out until I was a senior in highschool, or the summer before I think (circa 2007). The movies started coming out when I was in the 7th grade. And, also didn't finish until I was 22 (in 2011) and I remember this vividly because I actually got to watch it at the Graumann Theatre in Hollywood. Talk about epic coolness. Probably so cool that I have used up the rest of the cool points I was allotted in my 20's by the universe I think.
I could go on and on all night about Harry Potter and how much they mean to me, but I think I should try to think of at least one more!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Romeo + Juliet by William Shakespeare, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck are also (as Shelley will probably cringe) required reading in high school. But they've stuck with me, and I keep meaning to make a bookish post for the blog about how nostalgic I am about these books, and how much I feel I understand the plot and writing and entire book now as I am older, and how these are most definitely wasted on the youth...(yeah, we all sparknoted the shit out of these for tests...but eventually I got them read!). My worry now though is...if I read it again, will my understanding ruin my feelings for the book itself, because the nostalgic attachment I have to it is what makes me feel so strongly in the first place? I need to test this theory, but I am scared. I don't want to lose the love I hold dearly in my heart for any of these...and I'm afraid if I burst the bubble the feeling will be gone forever.
The first series that hooked me on reading was the Nancy Drew series; I could (and would) inhale those books in mere hours. This set me on a course of being a serial reader--Sweet Valley High..is one I recall..among others. It's probably a shame to say, but I don't know that I actually had ONE favorite from my childhood. Rather, I just loved to escape into the world of books--whatever that world was. I suppose in many ways I'm still like that. I have a few that I'd go back and read but since my job is to do that with my students many times a day, for many years, I tend to grab new books and plunge myself into that new world.
(also, I've yet to read the Harry Potter series--please don't kill me..I was older when they came out (and busy) and I've yet to pick them up. One day, I will. I swear.)