Blogger and writer Emlyn Chand is hosting the 2012 “Books that made me Love Reading” Challenge. Basically, each month you read something you loved as a kid, or that got you hooked on reading, write a review of it, and link to her blog. Prizes abound.
I’ve already written a bit about why I love to read and how my tastes have evolved, so as asked I’ll focus this instead on what I plan to reread this year:
- The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ll read this in the original order, of course, and possibly with my kid. I usually just read one or two of them (The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader” and The Silver Chair), but for the challenge I’ll read all of them again.
- Little House on the Prairie. Taken as a whole, of course. Little Town on the Prairie and These Happy Golden Years are my favorite. On one of my many trips from North Dakota to Iowa I discovered I’m not too far from Pepin, Wisconsin, or Burr Oak, Iowa, so I might have to make some random roadtrips to her historical sites this summer.
- The Giver. One of my students read this for a class last semester, and in discussing it I realized it’d been many years and many dystopias since I’d read it. I’m interested to see how it compares to my memories.
- Redwall. Not sure which one I’ll pick, probably several. I loved them when I was a kid, around 3rd-4th grade. Salamandastron is staring at me as I write this.
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. I didn’t read this until college, when I got hooked on Russian writers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but it’s my favorite book and it’s been a year or two since I’ve read it, so I’m due.
- Christopher Pike books. Why not?
What books made you love reading?
Great list, ED. The first three are on my list too. I love Russian Lit and have always meant to read Bulgakov. I’m actually planning on reading Lolita for this challenge. I’m a weirdo too :-P Was actually a Russian major for my first two years of college. Welcome to the challenge, my friend!
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