Books 4

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First Book Memories, Favorite Books and Authors

So many of us remember our reader, Dick and Jane from first grade! Nancy Drew mysteries are another favorite among Crooked Creek readers. This chart lists your first memories and your favorites according to comments made regarding the past three posts: 

1st Book Memory

“A Tree for Peter”  by Kate Seredy

Dick & Jane (elementary school book)

Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene

“Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott

Favorite Books

“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith

“The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck

Scriptures from the “Good Book”

Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross

Favorite Authors

Mary Higgins Clark

Harland Coban


Nickolas Sparks

Jodi Picoult

James Patterson

Francine Rivers

Dean Koontz

Stephen King

Lisa Gardner

Access, Storage and Disposal

Most of you indicated that you love books today even though many of you did not have books readily available in your family growing up. Some obtained books from the library or a “Bookmobile” operated in rural areas. I, too, remember those visiting libraries, but I do not if they still exist. An interesting concept today for urban readers, according to one of you is the placement of small repositories where books may be borrowed or added.

You are a generous group, mostly passing your books on to others or donating them. Some of you resale at Half-Price Bookstores. And, it seems that there are always books with which we cannot part. Only one person shared how their books are arranged and that was by alphabetical order. Readers were about 50 to 50% in preference of paper books versus electronic or audio books.

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Whether you are reading for self-improvement, to learn new skills, to broaden your mind with history or poetry or simply to be entertained or thrilled you are engaging in an activity that will forever be a part of your life. Even if, like one reader, we need to keep a list of the books read so that we don’t buy them a second time, there are passages that affect us in ways of which we are unaware. 

Thank You Pat, Lula, Rose, Kay, Sylvia and Others

I am honored that this blog is one of the things that you read!  

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“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.”  Louisa May Alcott

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2 thoughts on “Books 4

  1. So many books are a part of my existence. Childhood books were mainly focused on a certain religion but with a few variances, like all Sherlock Holmes mysteries by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. As I grew, I discovered many others which to this day inspire me. In the mid-sixties, I was fortunate to discover The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran and still seek it for wisdom today. It is simple and beautifully deep at the same time. Another from that era was Markings, by Dag Hammarskjold, a one-time Secretary-General of the UN who died tragically in a plane crash. In 1969 I read a book (had to sneak it because I still lived at home) was A Modern Priest Looks at His Out-dated Church, by James Kavanaugh.. That was the beginning of my evolution as a human being. It showed me that rather than focusing on the traditions in which I was raised, it was okay to venture forth and become more aware of socially important issues. There are times to disagree with authority, to take another look at why we do things. Next, the inner hippie appeared and I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Catch 22, and similar others. Another thing I have discovered in my “old” years is that I always read the book before a movie of the same name is made and find that I actually prefer the book.
    I did like The Help movie but still liked the book better. The Shack was a good book and an awfully boring movie.
    Books that help me feel as though I am there and witnessing events unfold and oblivious to anything going on elsewhere, are the ones I LOVE to read.
    Thanks for bringing back so many good memories from the last nearly 70 years. Probably sometime in the middle of the night, I’ll awaken and remember even more good books that were a part of normal existence back in the day. In the hustle and bustle of these times, the texting, tweeting, technology that is the norm, I still find comfort and peace in the pages of a good book. Some are fact-based, historical, and some are ones I can get lost in and forget the things which are on the news and in the paper, a veritable port-in-the-storm.

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