I’m still feeling lost in #YAlitclass with the format, even being a person that considers herself more “tech” advance. I don’t twitter and I had a LiveJournal way back in the day. Some patience is needed here! I need a trick to make sure I’m staying ahead with the assignments. I see a post by other classmates and think “WAIT! WHAT!” Clearly a new strategy is needed with my pregnancy brain! Anyways, let’s get down to it:
Over the years my reading has grown more stagnant. I always considered myself a lover of books but life, mostly children, had started to consume all my free time. That precious time before bed that used to spend reading was now occupied by laundry, last minute chores, or just my mind being filled with the to-dos of tomorrow. I’m glad that I have this class to explore that love again and this assignment also had me re-think my past reading and where it all started.
“The Monster at the end of this Book” By Jon Stone and Michael J. Smollin
This is my earliest memory of being fond of a book. It didn’t matter how many times my mother read it to me, I wanted to hear it again and again. I would explore the pictures of Grover’s anxiety filled adventure and wait with bated breathe for the final reveal at the end. Grover was the scary monster! Silly Grover. It was tale of mystery, kid sized.
“Where the Sidewalk Ends” By Shel Silverstein
As my reading skills developed, my taste in books did as well. I no longer needed the grand pictures and color that children books had. I think this book was the beginning in my favor towards poetry and even interested me into starting to write my own, simple, poetry. Shel Silverstein poems were catchy and age appropriate while the illustration did not take over the focus of the book but simply gave the reader another insight into his head.
“Molly: An American Girl 1944” by Valerie Tripp
This was just one of the books in the American Girls Collection. Many people might remember this characters by the American Girl Dolls. They were the cool thing and I had the felicity doll. They were very smart on marketing, they had tons of products to go along with the dolls that also included books. Genesis! What better way than get kids interested in books by marketing it along with a popular toy. These books were deeper than just the character and the doll, they were centered on a certain time period. The books had historical facts and told of the lives and troubles of the young women in that period.
“The Great Gatsby” By F. Scott Fitzegerald
It was book bemoaned by some high schoolers but a book I really came to love! It was written in a way that was understandable to me so it was able to peak by interest. It is one of the few books that was required in high school that I actually read start to finish. I was even more intrigued when were able to watch the movie adaptation and compare and contrast it to the book. This opened by eyes to classic fiction and the fact that maybe it wasn’t so boring after all!
“The Chronicles of Naria” By C.S Lewis
This was the first set of books I ever personally owned, thus it has always been special to me. I compare the book set to the “Harry Potter” of my own youth. It had everything to keep a young reader engaged like mystery, other worlds battles and intense relationships. What is a kid not to love about the book? I still have this set tucked away somewhere.