Q&A: BOOKS OF MY LIFE
My favorite book as a child
For some reason, The Boxcar Children series stand out in my mind. My sister, Becky, and I argue over the collection she keeps at her house. I say the books belong to me, which she continues to refute every time we have a discussion/argument.
The books I read in secret as a kid
My mom’s Harlequin romance books. Every now and then I would find one in her stack of books on her nightstand, and I’d sneak it out of the pile to read it. I would try to read it as quickly as possible before she noticed it was missing.
A classic I’ve never read
Middlemarch by George Eliot. I put the book down after reading the first two pages. I have every intention of reading it but not right now. Plus, I don’t know where it is … hmmmmmm.
My literary crush
Any good guy with a romantic side, but the character that stands out the most is Joshua, the fur trapper, in Cassie by Vivian Schurfranz. I was in junior high when I read the book and fell in the love the character. He was sweet, smart, and good looking. I would have completely settled for Ben, the second romantic interest in Cassie, based on his gorgeous look on the book cover, but he grappled with racial issues.
The movie adaptation I loved
Little Women. I watched the movie before I read the book, which I eventually read and absolutely loved. After I read the book, I watched the movie again and thought it stayed true to the book. Plus, the cast — Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, Samantha Mathis, Claire Danes, a young Kirsten Dunst — was fantastic and perfect.
I started reading Sense and Sensibility years ago (I have the book somewhere — probably hiding with Middlemarch), but I completely trust Emma Thompson stayed true to the book with her screenplay. The movie, starring Thompson and one of my favorite all-time actresses, Kate Winslet, is one of my favorites that I can watch over and over and over. “My heart is — and will always be — yours.” *sigh* One of my favorite quotes.
The last book that made me laugh, and the last one that made me cry
Someday Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham (Lorelai on Gilmore Girls — side note: I am SO SO SO excited for the new episodes!) made me laugh. I didn’t weep like a baby when I read The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen, but my eyes watered a few times. Off the top of my head, the last book that made me weep like a baby was Little Women.
Book(s) I keep for sentimental reasons
The Girls of Canby Hall series. For some reason, I cannot bring myself to donate or throw out the books even though I probably won’t read them again. When first introduced to the series, I read the first few books out of order not realizing they were part of a series and then needed to collect all the books. Maybe I should reread a book or two.
A book I’ve returned to time and again
I can’t really think of any recent books that I’ve returned to, but I remember reading Cassie by Vivian Schurfranz and Savage Spirit by Meg Cameron a thousand times when I was younger. Even though I haven’t read either book in years (probably a decade or two), I still keep the books for sentimental reasons.
What I’m reading now
I just started reading Room by Emma Donohgue, and I have a feeling it will make me weep like a baby.
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