It's time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.…
I’ve been reading nearly as long as I’ve been alive. Seriously. Here’s me at three:
Anyway, when I had my daughter, I couldn’t wait to share my favorite books with her. It all went well until she became a tween and decided she didn’t have the same taste in books! That’s okay, she’s currently the proud owner of about 300 print books, and uncountable eBooks, so I must have done something right.
Here are seven of my favorite childhood stories:
7. A Horse Called Bonny by Barbara Van Tuyl and Pat Johnson
After this book, I dreamed of finding my own champion Thoroughbred abandoned on some old farm somewhere. It never did happen…
6. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
Really, I should say this entire series. I read them all. I still remember my teenaged heart going pitty-pat when I read The Black Stallion and the Girl. *sigh*
5. The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
Love this series! The movie was pitifully bad, so if you’ve seen it, please don’t judge the series by the movie. The first book (“Over Sea, Under Stone”) is rather dull and a poor choice of start, but a necessary evil if you’re to really understand the rest. My favorite of all of them is “The Grey King” and I still quote from it now and then (Will had a poem to remember that gave him clues to a puzzle) like “On the day of the dead, when the year too dies, must the youngest open the oldest hills.” I wish they’d make a movie that did the series justice. Or a TV series. But, judging from most adaptations, maybe I should be glad they don’t try…
4. The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
I was so obessed with this series that I had a friend draw lifesized fire lizards and I have pictures of me holding mine like a pet. It was a brown. Hers was a green. 🙂 I’m both dreading and looking forward to the upcoming movie adaptation of this book, if only to know how to pronounce Mnementh…
3. The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
This still holds up today … even my kid liked this one! The Disney movie adaptation of “The Black Cauldron” was abysmal and should be stricken from all viewing, but I’d sure love to see a better one done ala Lord of the Rings.
2. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle
This book was one that really made me think. It was both entertaining and intelligent and another I’m hoping they’ll adapt well (I’m trying to get over the fact they’ve made Meg African-American and very young in the upcoming movie … she was neither of those things). The first time they tried, they failed miserably. It’s on my “must see” movie list this year. Here’s hoping! As a side note, I think the remainder of this series is rather unremarkable, sadly, though I do own it and have read it. This book was a lot to live up to!
1. Black Beauty
One of the only “depressing” books I’ve ever read and loved. When I was a tween, I got pretty sick and was in bed for a few days. For whatever reason, a read and re-read this book (fourteen times!) and even today I still love it.
What’s a book you loved as a kid?