The 2012 “Books that made me Love Reading” Challenge

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?

1 Comment

  1. 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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