Kate tagged me for this meme, and I had a lot of fun with it. Thanks, Kate.
Baby Name Wizard by Laura Wattenberg: Sorry, Kate, but I have to take this one too. This book follows me every where. Errol just bought me another copy for my birthday because I had literally worn the other one out. It was in pieces all over the house. I love names so much–well, good names that is. 🙂 Baby naming has always been a hobby of mine, but it has turned into an obessesion in the past few years. Once my peers and I started getting pregnant, I turned my enthusiasm for names up a notch. Look out, I always have an opinion on the subject.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: I first read this book in the summer of 1998. I can picture myself reading it on the step of the fireworks stand after a softball game, waiting for Kate to finish work so she could drive me home. The memories tied to its reading are happy ones. I think Scarlett O’Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler was the first heroine I read about where I didn’t want her life. I liked reading about how she behaved but would never consider doing those things myself! Scarlett is a far-cry from Anastasia Krupnik.
The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon: This is the first book I read after defending my honors thesis. It was my first book I could read for pleasure and not feel guilty that I should be writing or reading for school. It was supposed to be the beginning of a whole new chapter in my reading life; however, about a week after I finished it, I found out I was pregnant with Thom. The dream of a laid-back lifestyle where I could spend an afternoon of guiltless reading was put on the shelf for another twenty years. I also had quite a crush on Jamie. I love very masculine men with androgynous names–the opposite of Ashley Wilkes.
The Penderwicks/The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall: Kate introduced me to these books, and I absolutely love them. As most of you know, I adore my two sisters, and they are my closest friends. I love how the Penderwick girls are a team and are all so different but the same–like lots of siblings are. The only thing that bothers me about this series is the names of the Penderwicks: Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Elizabeth. To me, Skye just sticks out like sore thumb. It’s not in the same naming style as the others. I’m all about sibling names going together, and sometimes I think of what Skye’s name really should be. I do really love how they call Elizabeth “Batty.” Ah, Elizabeth, and all the great nickname possibilities (can you tell this ‘Anne’ is a wee-bit jealous)?
The Rain Catchers by Jane Thesman: I usually choose this YA novel when someone asks me what my favorite book is because I know it’s the book I’ve read the most times. I love it. I love the old women having tea together every afternoon. I love Gray and Colleen’s amazing friendship. I do not love the San Fransisco chapters. I always skip them when re-reading it. Grayling’s grandmother is one of my favorite characters in all the books I’ve read. Her name, Garnet, is always on my short list for my imaginary daughter.
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume: Yes, this book is a bit scandalous, but it really lifted my spirits in the summer or 1999. I had just returned from Brazil and had lost a dear, dear friend a few weeks earlier. I needed to hear about Caitlin and Vix’s shenanigans and dream about summers living by the ocean. If I ever have a daughter, I’ll look forward to lending this book to her someday.
I tag Barbara, Diane, Florence, and Melaney.
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