Happy 2010 to you too! I love to give and get books. I’ve had a couple of tough months this year, reading was the only thing that really helped me overcome the depression and move on.
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Haven’t gotten over here to the blogs in awhile. I was happy to find this one of yours. Such a wonderful & excellent thought to pass along. I never really put it so elequently together in my head, but think this is a wonderful challenge. Books are one of my favorite gifts to give :)
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Happy 2010, Doris. I know what you mean by “that one book”. Harry Potter is mine. All of the Harry Potters. Thanks for wrighting this blog. It helpled me relize that Harry Potter is the one book got me through the things that were hard.
Thanks for he comment. Harry Potter is many people’s “one book.” I’m glad you found it! Connecting to a good book helps us escape when the real world becomes to stressful.
Thanks for the article! It’s true, there always is that “one book”, I just realized that while reading your article. Thanks so much!!!
i was going to comment on your blog a few days ago, but i just couldn’t decide which book was the one. i narrowed it down to three books that i just don’t know where i would be if i hadn’t read them when i did. ’sorcerer’s stone’ when i was 11, ‘catcher in the rye’ when i was 16 and ‘stone butch blues’ when i was 21. i still get goosebumps when i read them.
Thanks Miss RAB. Glad you enjoyed the blog, but I’m most happy that you found your one book.
Thanks Jon for the comment. Catcher in the Rye was one of my favorites once. I have not reread in a while, but I should do that.
My one book is hard to recall. I adored Jane Austen, but really remember Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird as my favorite character. Even today I still read the book at least once a year.
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Great post Doris! Books are such an integral part of my existence, I can’t imagine my life without Harry or Heathcliff or Alice or any of the other fantastic characters one encounters through books.
They’re my favorite gifts to give and receive, and there is very little in life that makes me as blissfully happy as curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea on a rainy day!
I just sort of stumbled upon this, and was going to skim it, but ended up reading and enjoying it thoroughly.
I think everyone has that original “one book,” but while reading I found myself thinking of two very different books that had that affected me that way. The original, of course, was Harry Potter, but during a strange period in my life, another book caught and held me so strongly it still amazes me. Of all things, it was just a regular contemporary novel – Special Topics in Calamity Physics. I have no idea why it affected me the way it did, but there you go.
Shortly thereafter, though, during another rough patch (we all have them), I picked up Harry Potter again, and fell back in love with it as quickly as ever.
So, I completely agree that everyone should know that feeling of falling head over heels for a bunch of bound pages, and what better way to do so than sharing the books that grabbed us?
Thank you for the wonderful blog :)
Thanks for reading the blog. I can’t imagine my life without those great works of fiction, but also some of the stranger books that struck me at the moment. My hope is that everyone discovers what they like in a book, it just takes us putting those books in their hands.
It is hard to point to a single book since I cannot remember not being able to read.
But there were a few of books that I really enjoyed as a youngster. I guess I was about eight or nine when I read “Call it Courage” by Armstrong Sperry. I look back now and kind of laugh at myself—nine years old and already into “crossing dark water.”
Kidnapped, Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer were also some favorites. But I also enjoyed science books. I picked up interests in atomic physics and astronomy and read everything in our school library.
Oh how true this is. I just sort of stummbled upon this blog and couldn’t imagine not reading. When I was a child I hated reading with a passion! It was only because I struggled learning to read. That one book was the Sweet Valley High series and wanted to read every single one of them. To bad that never happened.
I adore Call it Courage, glad you loved it. Treasure Island was another of my favorites, but growing up on the Mississippi River, I always found my way back to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
The Sweet Valley High is worth going back to. Go back and read the whole series, bet you’ll love it!
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I have definitely that one book in this series