I have always been a bookworm – I was famous for it in elementary school. That is, if you consider being ridiculed, bullied, and jeered at (living in a small town in Louisiana, reading was not a pastime that was generally admired – except for your teacher, of course.). I made the big 6-mile move to the big city of Lafayette when in high school, and things went a little better.
Right now, I don’t take too much time to sit down and read a book. I receive most of my literature from books on CD driving to and from work. If the book is particularly good, I take the long way home. I belong to two libraries now – Cobb County and Gwinnett County. I have already paid for Cobb, but I probably will not renew. Gwinnett had a good selection – they must have more commuters.
Right now, I am starting into the Berrybender Narratives by Larry McMurtry. I am reading Sin Killer, the first one. That reminded me that I was planning on keeping a list of books that I love – what better place to put that than on my blog? I happen to be one of those people who reads books more than once – a thing that most of my students find inconceivable. I would much rather read or listen to a great book that I have already read than to waste my time on a mediocre unknown book.
So, here’s a start – they are in no certain order – I am just listing them as I think of them:
- Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – I still cry when my favorite characters die!
- National Velvet by Enid Bagnold – Don’t even speak to me of that abomination of a movie with Elizabeth Taylor.
- Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole – Read it in honor of the real New Orleans.
- Our Hearts Were Young and Gay by Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough
- Cress Delahanty by Jessamyn West – I don’t know why this isn’t more of a classic!
- Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
- My Friend Flicka, Thunderhead, and The Green Grass of Wyoming by Mary O’Hara
- The Stand by Stephen King
- House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver – I love this book!
- The Misty of Chincoteague books by Marguerite Henry
- The Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert
- The Original Trixie Belden Mysteries – I wish life were really like that!
- The Girl Who Owned A City by O.T. Nelson
- A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
That’s all for now – I am going to Fernbank with my mom, my sister, and her kids.