Welcome to another Bookanista feature. As always, there are some great reviews today, so be sure to check them out. Not sure who or what the Bookanistas are? Click here for the scoop, and be sure to tell us if you have an arc you’d like us to read.
This week’s Bookanista love features the following:
- Elana Johnson marvels over The Mockingbirds.
- Lisa and Laura Roecker dish about The Love Goddess’ Cooking School.
- Jamie Harrington is thrilled about The Secret Society of the Pink Crystal Ball.
- Kirsten Hubbard considers the good, the bad and the ugly impact of reviews.
- Shannon Messenger is excited about the Ninth Ward.
- Megan Miranda adores The Adoration of Jenna Fox.
- Myra McEntire raves about NetGalley.
- Bethany Wiggins can’t get enough of Black Hole Sun
Now, on to my Bookanista Shout out: my nostalgia over books I loved growing up – and a tribute to my mom.
This is a different Bookanista feature for me, purely inspired by my mom. You see, I recently received some rough news regarding my mom’s health – news that we all know we will hear one day, but is never easy. And being me, I have been processing and dealing ever since.
This post is born out of that processing.
My mom is really the reason I write and the reason I read. I have so many memories of her wrapping me in her arms and holding me in her lap, reading a favorite book.
Both her and my grandmother read incessantly, a habit I developed in my early years. One both of my girls have developed as well.
So today, I am doing a brief recap of a few of my favorite stories I shared with my mom.
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT – This will ALWAYS be one of my all-time favorite books. And yes, one of the first I read to my own children. For months after reading and rereading the story I hugged and loved my stuffed animals, just waiting for them to be real….It’s a magic I just refuse to give-up on.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA – Like the Velveteen Rabbit, this was a series I read and read and read again with my mom.
ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHIN AND THE BLACK PEARL – My mom introduced me to these books, reading them to me. I remember talking with her about ho Karana survived in the wild, and about the large manta rays in The Black Pearl. When my oldest picked up these books and read them, I recalled all of the special moments with my mom.
MACBETH – Yes, I know…this is a strange book to become nostalgic over. But you see, I first read Macbeth as a third grader ( I know, I am a GEEK). My mom introduced me to all sorts of literature at a very young age. And that included Macbeth. As I read it, I thought it would be the coolest production for me and my friends – I mean it has witches, battles, crazy people – what’s NOT to love, right. So I tried to get my third grade class to perform it – Little Rascals style!
Sadly, while I could convince my friends to play…
I could not convince a teacher to take us seriously, and the play was abandoned. I am still sad about that…a Little Rascals version of Macbeth would be…well…EPIC, right???
I know there were many many other books that my mom and I shared, but, I’ve taken you down memory lane long enough.
THANK YOU MOM – for introducing me to the world of imagination. You’ve influenced and shaped me in ways I can not possibly explain. I love you. Now and forever!
What books do you remember from your childhood???