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A Meme on Reading . . .

 Dorothy of Field Stone Cottage tagged me for this one!

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Child with Red Hair Reading by Lilla Cabot Perry

  1. Do you remember how you developed a love of reading?  I know that my love for reading blossomed in Grade 3 when I was old enough to go to the library on my own. I considered myself much too old for “baby books” so I missed out on all the lovely picture books. My favourite gifts were always books. My mom and dad always brought me home a book when they went on the occasional trip. I remember getting The Bobbsey Twins in Washington when they went to the States once. I loved to read series like the Bobbsey Twins, The Tuckers, The Happy Hollisters, and The Curlytops.
  2. What are some books you loved as a child? I have so many favorite childhood books that it’s hard to narrow it down. I enjoyed many books (check out my list here) but I especially enjoyed British books – I’ll mention some of the less familiar titles.
    1. The Children of Green Knowe – L M Boston
    2. The Treasure Seekers – E Nesbit
    3. Mistress Mashom’s Repose – T H White
    4. The Family From One End Street – Eve Garnett
    5.  Charlotte Sometimes – Penelope Farmer
    6. Carrie’s War – Nina Bawdin
    7. The Borrowers – Mary Norton
    8.  Tom’s Midnight Garden – Penelope Lively
    9. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome
    10. The Little White Horse and any other by Elizabeth Goudge
    11. The Dollhouse by Rumer Godden
    12. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
    13. Cue For Treason by Geoffrey Trease
    14. The Richleighs of Tantamount – Barbara Willard
    15. ok I am going to stop now… after I mention Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aitken
    16. uh…you wouldn’t want me to leave out Roald Dahl would you?
    17. oh yes – here is an American book mystery  for anyone from the New England area. It’s a book about  a chubby little girl who lived in New England – I think her name was Rowena. I can remember a picture of her pretending to ride a horse on a tree branch. Anybody know her? Jill – my library sleuth?
    18. ok – I’m rounding out to 20 not because I’m done, but I’m sure you folks might get a little bored with my endless children’s book lists. Shirley Hughes who wrote the Alphie and Annie Rose picture books – I didn’t discover them until I became a mom but I love them!
  3. What is your favorite genre? Love them all.
  4. Do you have a favorite novel?   No. I have many favourites! Is that possible?
  5. Where do you usually read? everywhere… including my new favourite placehammock.jpg
  6. When do you usually read? I start the day reading with my Bible and devotional reading, then I read whenever I can. I like to take books with me for those times of waiting like at the doctor’s or waiting for my husband to finish visiting at the hospital or even at stop lights (if it’s a very good book:) And always before I go to sleep.
  7. Do you usually have more than one book you are reading at a time? Yes – it’s like eating more than one kind of food. Different books for different reasons and moods.
  8. Do you read non-fiction in a different way or place than you read fiction? I study non-fiction. I underline and write out phrases that I like.
  9. Do you buy most of the books you read, or borrow them, or check them out of the library? They love me at the library – I’m probably their best customer.
  10. Do you keep most of the books you buy? Yes but I usually buy only non-fiction. I wait to get my fiction at the library.
  11. If you have children, what are some of the favorite books you have shared with them? I shared them all with them – and they share their favourites with me.
  12. What are you reading now? I’m re-reading Champagne For the Soul by Mike Mason and The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry.
  13. Do you keep a To Be Read list? Yes – I have 9 requested at the library.
  14. What’s next? The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge
  15. What books would you like to reread? over and over and over? The Practice of The Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, Champagne For the Soul by Mike Mason, Hearing God by Dallas Willard and Andrew Murray’s books on prayer.
  16. Who are your favorite authors?  Oh my goodness – many. I’ll mention some non-fiction just for a change – anything by Amy Carmichael, R A Torrey, Dallas Willard and Andrew Murray. E Goudge, Dickens and Austin are fiction favs. Also Alison Uttley – A Country Child.

I discovered something interesting…

when I googled “favourite childhood boos”  – note the typo – I got some very different hits.

Better hits  – like blogs –  less “.com sites”.

So…

I’ll have to sign off

Because I love lists – especially  favourite childhood  book lists.

Mm mmm! Sweeter than candy 🙂 

Hope you are having a sweet day too, my friends!

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12 thoughts on “A Meme on Reading . . .

  1. Oh – this is my first Wendell Berry book – they don’t carry him in our library. My friend owned this book. I’ve read about him on a number of blogs so I decided to give it a try.

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  2. That was a very interesting meme….I see there are so many similarities between us as far as reading goes (as I think you’ve mentioned before). I’ve yet to read Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy is waiting on my shelf) but I see him quoted in so many other books that I read. I also see Wendell Berry’s name everywhere, but I’m not familiar with his works….if you have any to recommend, I’d love to know which ones to look for.I’m so glad I decided to read The Rosemary Tree again, after reading that plagiarized version, Cranes’ Morning. There is so very much more to the original; they don’t compare at all.

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  3. Islandsparrow says:

    It was fun Dorothy!Ellen I just noticed the little sparrow on the book in the bottom picture – it seemed appropriate :)Jody – I love children’s books still. I actually never stop reading them even though as a teenager I was embarrassed. I used to say that I was "collecting" them for my future children 🙂 Susanne – get a hammock – they are so relaxing – although with the temperatures you folks had the last few days you might need a blanket too! :)Jill – I’m testing your librarian prowess :)I’m sure the author was from New England because when I lived in Mass as a student I found one of those books in a library. I was probably 10 or so which puts the book in the late 1960’s.She was the youngest of her family and I have a feeling her father was a small town doctor. She was dark-haired and chubby. I’m not even sure her name was Rowena. I think it was – at least it starts with an r. Maybe if I searched for children’s books – New England authors – 1950-60s I might narrow the field.No Hoot Owl isn’t here yet – ILL is very slow up here. I’m waiting!Marg – it is never too late to begin reading children’s books – I still read them – and re-read them. And get more from them – like the time I re-read the whole Narnia series to my Grade 4-5 class. It became like devotional reading to me and it was so good.

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  4. Marg's Home Again says:

    I have to admit, When I was a child I was taught to work on the farm.I had five brothers so in the evening we all played touch football or basketball in the hayloft where my dad had a hoop.So unfortunately I never developed the passion to read.90% of my reading is enrichment books and personal learning whether on parenting, marriage mentoring, self development or family ministries types. So I feel I missed something valuable as I listen to so many bloggers talk about reading.

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  5. Oh come on, you must remember something else about the book besides the girl’s name was Rowena and there was a picture of her riding a horse. This sounds like one of the "oh my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me" ref questions from reader’s advisory listserv.If you remember another few details, like how old you were when you read it (so we have a time frame for publication) or what the story was about, or about how big of a book it was, I might be able to find it.It wasn’t Rowena and the Jam and Jelly book from the 1980’s was it?Has Hoot Owl arrived yet?

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  6. Oh come on, you must remember something else about the book besides the girl’s name was Rowena and there was a picture of her riding a horse. This sounds like one of the "oh my gosh, you’ve got to be kidding me" ref questions from reader’s advisory listserv.If you remember another few details, like how old you were when you read it (so we have a time frame for publication) or what the story was about, or about how big of a book it was, I might be able to find it.It wasn’t Rowena and the Jam and Jelly book from the 1980’s was it?Has Hoot Owl arrived yet?

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  7. Kathie,Great lists. I didn’t really begin a love-of-reading until I was an adult and started having my babies. I never read as a child, so I became a lover of children’s literature as my children grew up and I read to them and with them. We homeschooled and so books became very special to my family.Jody

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