Childhood Favorite Reads

There are certain books that just stick with you. And, if you’re like me, you have favorites from your childhood that you can never forget. For me, it’s more about the feeling and memories associated with these books than the actual details of plot or characters’ names. My top five, in no particular order, are:

  1. Tuck Everlasting-There aren’t words to describe this one for me. Magic. Potential. Romance.
  2. The Borrowers-This one sparked an entire family of mice living in my bathroom wall. I talked to them every time I…well, you know what…In my mind, those itty bitty tiny littles had ittier-bittier-tinier pet mice and a few of them moved in with me.
  3. James and the Giant Peach-This is one of the best memories I have. My mother read this book to my brother and I at bedtime every night for what seems like months at a time. I would close my eyes and picture James talking to the bugs and riding through the air on the famous floating peach, and wish I was sitting next to him. Some nights, I was.
  4. The Farthest Away Mountain-I’m not sure how old I was when I read this. But, I will NEVER forget the picture in my mind of the colored snow and the way I felt like if Lakin could set out on an adventure, so could I.
  5. Bridge to Terabithia-I think this is the first book I read-the one I remember at least-that didn’t have a happy ending. It affected me. Made me realize as a fifth grader that even kids can die. I love this book, even though the feeling I remember is sadness. For at least an entire summer, my brother and I played like we had a magical pathway in the trees to follow to get to our own Terabithia.

The list could go on for quite a while, but I will limit myself to five (The Giver would be on here too and…okay, I will stop).  I want to hear from you! Do you have childhood favorites you absolutely cannot forget? Message me or comment below.

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Authors that Influence and Inspire Me: Part III

My uncle Jim was the first to recommend John Grisham to me. “You’ve got to read this,” he said. So I did. And I was hooked. The mystery, the fast-paced, adrenaline plot-ride that kept me up turning pages just to see what happened reeled me in and I am still a fish on the line all these years later. I’ve now read twenty-nine of his books, legal thrillers and regular fiction, and wait expectantly for the next title to be released.

I’ve often commented that if I could trade career lives with any one person, it would be Mr. John Grisham. What better career to have? He has made a living, a very, very, very good one, I might add, doing what he loves-writing the characters and stories in his imagination. I may never write as many books as he or have as many fans, but I use his personal story for inspiration. He was rejected over two dozen times before finding a publisher for his first novel. Yet, he kept trying and now look at his amazing career. I stand in awe of what he has done with his writing ability.

I remind myself, as I am just a “newbie”, that all famous authors once were just that-new authors trying to carve out a small niche for themselves, struggling with ‘what-if’s and rejection letters. After spending the first thirty-two years of my life avoiding pursuing my dream because I was too afraid, I am just happy to finally be on the road, bumpy though it may be. And I won’t give up. I will think of Mr. John Grisham, and Mr. Zane Grey, and Ms. Carolyn Keene (et.al) and remember they were once in my shoes, and thank them for writing what was in their hearts, activating my imagination, and inspiring little old me. #johngrisham