I love books. My parents instilled in me a love of reading from a young age; this paired with my natural curiosity gave me an almost never ending desire to disappear into the worlds created by my favorite authors.
My mom and I used to read various books out loud together, even into high school and my initial years in college. I think of those times often and fondly, but a recent visit to a friend’s home reminded me of some of the books I particularly loved. On her shelves, I found many of the books my mom and I shared. Some of them we read together; some she recommended after she read them herself. Some I read in school and we discussed later. Many eventually became movies which always disappointed me; few movies are as good as the books they are based upon, at least in my opinion.
My parents and I bonded a lot over books over the years. The bond was different with my dad and I; we exchanged a lot of books over time. I would read something and want his perspective on it; he would read something and think I might like it. We enjoy even now conversations about a wide range of books, including many of the books I read for school the past few years.
I could fill an entire book with all that I read throughout my lifetime, so it’s hard to pick even a few favorites to highlight. The following books stand out as they are presently on my mind:
1) Mr. Popper’s Penguins - This book holds many fond memories as my mom and I read it aloud together. Mom infuses life into anything she reads, and I thoroughly enjoyed her penguin voice as she read this humorous story. To this day, we still reference this story often as we joke about keeping penguins in our refrigerator. In fact, one day, I came home to find a stuffed penguin in the refrigerator staring out at me. I didn’t notice it right away, but when I did observe it, I laughed a good long time.
2) Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang - We read this one together as well. I absolutely loved the book! Such a great story! I remember the disappointment when we watched the old movie together. I enjoy the movie, but I remember watching so excited to see various parts of the story come to life before my eyes. And they didn’t. the movie is very different from the book; I know this happens quite often. It still bothered me because of how great the story itself is; it didn’t need changed. Still, I do enjoy the movie.
3) A Tale of Two Cities - If you have checked out the recommended reading section of my website, you already know I love this book. It’s probably my favorite. I’m re-reading it right now and I discovered something interesting. I knew from reading aloud with my mom that the books I heard stuck with me better, but I hadn’t realized how much of a difference it made. I’m reading this book for the fourth time. The first two, I read silently to myself. The third, I listened to as an audio book. Now, as I read it silently again, I find I remember details of the story from when I heard it. I remember the inflection of the reader’s voice. I remember where I was when I heard that detail. I remember how it ties into the story. I knew myself to be an auditory learner; my parents figured that out fairly early in my schooling and encouraged me to learn the way I learn best. Still, I find myself regularly surprised by how much of a difference that makes! I never anticipated I would recall such exact details about a book until now.
I really could go on and on. I love books. But I’ll make about the author a regular segment on the blog, and I am sure more books will come up in that time. Thanks for following! And I would love to hear what books you enjoy. Leave a comment here or on Facebook or Instagram!