Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Favorite Reading Memory

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question for you to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you leave your link in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: What's your favorite reading related memory? 

Like any book nerd and/ or writer, books hold importance significance to me. I have a lot of memories associated  to books:
  • The Velveteen Rabbit convinced me that my toys came to life the instant I left the room.
  • Anne Rice instilled in me a love and respect for non-sparkly vampires.
  • One book destroyed my love affair with Stephen King, but one sentence restored it.
  • My mom shared her favorite titles with me when I was in seventh which began my year of reading the Bronte's.

But the one that sticks out is Little House on the Prairie series.

I've always been a voracious reader and as I've said before, this is my mom's fault. If I wasn't playing with Barbie dolls, my nose was in a book. This was true for our 2 plus hours drives to visit my father's parents in Connecticut.

On one of these visits, Ma Tante Georgette and her husband were visiting. Georgette was a former nun and current elementary school teacher in Small Town, New Hampshire.* She asked me about school, what I liked, and what I was reading. That Christmastime, I got a package in the mail from Ma Tante Georgette which included all of the books in the Little House series.

The stories and writing were great - it transported me to a different time and I found it exciting. But was makes this so great is that my aunt went out of her way and gave me this present. She wrote a note inside each cover too. I come from a large extended family and at the time, there were at least 34 other nieces and nephews besides me.

I still have all eight books too.

*Not a real town.
______________________ hit of the day:The Whistle Blower by Chris Connelly


  1. That sounds so nice. :) It has now inspired me to actually re-read the ones I actually got my nose into, and discover the ones I didn't. XD

  2. Oh gosh, I credit those books with my eventual history degree. I actually reread them a year or two ago. <3

  3. Oh I love this story!
    And I demand to know what Stephen King sentence won you back! You can't just throw out a juicy detail like that and leave us hanging!

  4. Very sweet.

    I love that your aunt hand wrote a note in your books.

    Very nice.

  5. I confirmed with my mom this morning about this to make sure I was correct. As far as she remembers, I was the only one who got something from my aunt that year. I think Little House was what made me love book series above stand-alones.

    @Sarah - Will you hate me if I make you wait a day or two? I'm planning on blogging about it.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. What a beautiful story. I really enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie series, too, but I always had to check them out of the library. You were a lucky girl that Christmas! :)


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