Reading Reflections: A Book Meme from Noni

On Noni's Peacock Blue blog I found this great meme about books. It is fun to reflect on books I have read or want to read. Since it is an open invitation, give it a go yourself. I'd be interested to know your choices so let me know if you participate. . . I am always looking for new book ideas.

Four Childhood Books I've read:

1. The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
2. The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
3. White Ruff by Glenn Balch and Dick Priest
4. every Nancy Drew mystery by Carolyn Keene

Four “So-Called Classic” books read and never forgotten.
  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Four personal modern “Classic Novels”

  1. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  2. Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  3. Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
  4. Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Four authors I've read again and again

  1. Anna Quindlen
  2. Caroline Knapp
  3. Jodi Picoult
  4. Elizabeth Berg

Four authors or books I'll never read again... ever ( for me these were too sad or disturbing)

  1. The House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  2. Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
  3. Winter Range by Claire Davis
  4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Four books on my “To-be-read-list"

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
2. The Shack by William P. Young
3. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
4. The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer

Three Non-Fiction Books and One Fiction book I’d take to a desert island (instead of 2 each)
  1. The Bible
  2. The Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron
  3. Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
  4. Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
Four Book recommendations I have followed (and loved)
  1. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  2. Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg
  3. In the Wilderness by Kim Barnes
  4. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The last lines of one of my favorite books:
" Spring is unlatching its heavy doors, rousting old dusty hibernators from their sleep, and beginning a quiet fumbling with buttons, knots, and nubbins, and the bolting ribbons of time, light, and gore. As I walk down to the mailbox, enveloped in mist, birds snitch on twitchy feet in the aspens, morning ghosts between the houses, and the air tastes green at last. " - Cultivating Delight, A Natural History of My Garden by Diane Ackerman


  1. That's a very interesting list, The Book Thief is one of my favourite books, read it soon!

  2. some really fantastic books.. that last line of the book at the end is spectacular. I was there for a moment. I could feel the mist and enjoy the green at last.

  3. Oh, my this was so fun to read your list! The 5 Little Peppers--they were a favorite too. And Anna Quindlen, and on and on. We could spend all day discussing this, yes? Loved Diane Ackerman's quote--there's another favorite author. Keep me posted on The Shack.
    Have a great week, my friend.

  4. This was a good one! I'm in the middle of writing my response to this, but am also in the middle of watching Pride and Prejudice, and need (!) to finish that first. I'll probably post it tomorrow.

  5. Crafty... my friend that recommended that book said the same thing. I think it will be next on my list.
    Shelby... I hope you find some to add to your pile!
    Noni... we do have similar taste I must say. I had forgotten about Diane Ackerman and am now pulling out her stuff and rereading it. I love her poetic prose about nature.
    Rondi... I look forward to seeing your meme.


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