Reading became my best friend after that, and I read constantly. I read Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. I read alot of Judy Blume, and I liked them all. But the first book I ever actually loved was Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery. When I say loved it, I mean it. I loved the book, loved the characters, and loved losing myself in Anne's world. I cried when I finished it because I knew I would miss Anne. How relieved I was to discover that there was an entire Anne series.
|Lucy Maude Montgomery|
It was after reading Anne of Green Gables that I realized reading is more than understanding words on a page. It can change you, and it has definately changed me. Reading has been such a force in my life. I couldn't imagine life without books. I love them and I own many. I just like to have them around. I enjoy and use our local library and I adore amazon.com. In 2001 I started keeping a list of all the books I read. I realized that over the years I was forgetting books that I had read. Aside from my favorites the rest were leaving me. I felt like I was losing something, so I decided to start this list. My list now holds 198 books. I read everything, but I'm drawn to classics...children's classics and adult classics.
I'm going to list the first 10 in this post, and post 10 each day after today.
1. Drifters by James A. Michener
2.Omerta by Mario Puzo
3.Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
4.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
5.The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
6.Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol
7.Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
8.My Antonia by Willa Cather
9.Sayonara by James A. Michener
10.Report From Paradise by Mark Twain
You will notice that #1 and #9 are both by James A. Michener, one of my favorite authors of all time. When I was a junior in high school, my US History teacher assigned the book Centennial by James A. Michener. I fell in love with his writing which is heavy with history. I've read most of his books over the years and have never been disappointed.