Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Life in books!


Books have been a huge part of my whole life. Maybe that's why I love to write. I was raised by a mother who got her Masters in English Lit, so I had early exposure to books most kids would never read. Some of them are still faves. But I like many books other than the classics too. I believe the books we read, especially early on, shape how we percieve the world and who we become. Even now, I will find a book that will profoundly influence me and open my mind to new possibilities and thoughts.
Margie over at Spin Me Write Round is doing a blog hop. Share some of your favorite books throughout your life. The ones that you enjoyed and that had an impact on you. Join this cool blog hop at Margie's blog!

As a little child : The Happy Dromedary, Stone Soup, Fat Cat, Eggs and Ham, The Velveteen Rabbit, My Father's Dragon

Elementary school: The Secret Garden, Nancy Drew,  Little Women series,  Lizard Music, Summer of the Monkies, Island Of the Blue Dolphins, Sweet Valley High series, The Indian In the Cupboard, The White Mountains, James and the Giant Peach, Tuck Everlasting,

Middle Grade: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Deryni Series, Shannara Series, Ann of Green Gables series, Emily of New Moon series, Jane Eyre, Pride and Predjudice, Great Expectations, The Rise of Silas Lapham, Porttrait Of A Lady, Anna Karenina, Heart of Darkness, Oz Series, Those Who Love, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn

High School:  David Copperfield, Cold Sassy Tree, The Great Gatsby, Tartuffe, The Bostonians, The Turn Of the Screw, The Scarlet Letter, Tess d' Urbervilles, Complete Works of Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick, A Tale of Two Cities, Madame Bovary, The Crucible (and various mystery novels)

College: Emma, Northanger Abby, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Washington Square, A bunch of C.S. Lewis, Les Miserables, Rebecca  (notice how reading for pleasure tapered during my university days)

As an adult: Of Human Bondage, Ann Veronica, The Bonds That Make Us Free, Bradshaw On the Family, Between Parent and Child, The Believers, Rachel's Holiday, Cinderella Pact, Little House Series, I Capture the Castle, Boy's Life, Sugar Blues, Bridget Jones's Diary, Brother Odd, The Fiction Class, Omnivores Dilemma, The Murder of Tutankamen

Actually it is impossible to put all the favorites to date . . . I just devour books!! But these are several of the ones that stand out as I look back at my life in books.

HERE IS ANOTHER REMINDER TO ENTER MY 100 FOLOWER GIVEAWAY!!!
I won't draw until I've had some more entries!

Also, take a look at Jennifer Jenkins blog! She wrote a sweet little post about MOI! She's a talented writer and a good friend. SO follow her blog! (=



20 comments:

Write Chick said...

I've said this before. Holy Cow! You've read some impressive literature. I'm a little embarassed to post mine now. :-) Not really. I definitely am what I've read.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

My you sure are some reader.

Take care.
Yvonne.

Jennifer Jenkins said...

I've been compiling my list and frankly, it's terrible. I swear I either have a horrible memory, or I didn't start reading until college. Pathetic. But I'll post it tomorrow night.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I remember Island of the Blue Dolphins! Great book. I enjoyed the movie as well.

Matthew Rush said...

Wow, what a great list of reads and such a cool idea for a blog hop.

I'll have to think back to see if I can remember so many influential books. Thanks for sharing Jojoma!

Today's guest blogger is THE Elana Johnson!

The Urban Cowboy said...

I can barely remember what I read last year let alone when in grade school. Good reads! My favorite as a child was the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series.

JoAnn said...

Biy's Life by Tobias Wolf? oohhhh that's a good one

Angie said...

That's a great list of books! We share many favorites, at least from childhood. As I got older I got more into sci-fi and fantasy books. I majored in English Literature, though, and I love the classics!

Lydia Kang said...

Great list! Stone Soup is one of my all time faves, and there are other on the list we have in common!

Sandy Shin said...

This is such a great list.You've read some really impressive books (yay for all Jane Austen ones! :)).

Ocean Girl said...

You read.

All the books I've read are my favorites, because if they are not, I'll abandon them.

angie said...

I am loving. LOVING you lists. I've read most of the books you have listed except for the ones on your "as an adult list". I'll have to get my hands on them since I LOVED every book you have listed that I've read. It's almost freaky. :)

Mr. Stupid said...

That's a good list. I haven't come across these books but will add them to my reading list.
Smiles:)

Jo said...

I love your list! I may use it as a guide of what to check off....and what to catch up on!! ;)

Julie Musil said...

I read Jennifer's post. That's so cool! Your book sound amazing.

Dr. Heckle said...

I remember hating the fact that I was forced to read those books in school, but now as an adult I realize the value that they really did add to my life...

Yvonne Osborne said...

Congratulations on your 100 followers and for being such an avid reader. I've read many of the books you've listed and I must say, one of my favorites was Island of the Blue Dolphins. My teacher read it aloud to our class and it was the most memorable hour of the day for weeks!

I left you something over on my blog.

Heidi said...

Enjoyed many of the same books. Wonder why??? Just beginning to indulge in good reads for the summer. Usually deny myself for the sake of the family. :)

Nishant said...

Great list! Stone Soup is one of my all time faves,
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Jojomama said...

Thanks for the feedback, ya'll. (=
Read on!