Tag: Childhood Favorites

Where are all the Tamora Pierce Fans At?  (+ My Ten Favorites) #TopTenTuesday

Where are all the Tamora Pierce Fans At? (+ My Ten Favorites) #TopTenTuesday

Did y’all know that I’m turning 30 this year?! For the record, 30 is a terrifying number.  You can sort of get away with a lot of indecision and childishness in your 20s, which is my zone.  By 30, generally speaking, you’re really expected to have your act together and behave in a socially acceptable way for an adult. I mention all this because I’m twisting today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt and using an author that is technically YA… but I started reading her books legit 17 years ago, so I feel like I can work with the umbrella of “childhood” […]

Posted July 2, 2019 in Memes // 19 Comments //
Reading in the Woods

Reading in the Woods

My father likes to tell stories about how he and I used to read together when I was little.  I remember none of them.  For whatever it’s worth, I also don’t remember what month the New Hampshire Renaissance Fest was in last year, so I’m not great with memories sometimes.  Despite my lack of specific thoughts, I do remember quite a bit about books growing up. As a child, I was lucky enough to live in a beautiful, rural area that I did not appreciate.  We had acres of woods behind us and marshlands and a small pond.  We were […]

Posted May 25, 2018 in Memes // 7 Comments //
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I remember checking Ella Enchanted out of my local library as a kid, and having a few very distinct impressions: There’s a centaur named Apple.  This stuck with me vividly.  I have no idea why. Ella was much too young for Char. BORED. As such, this was NOT my favorite little book growing up.  But then as a teenager, I saw the film, knew it was nothing like the book, and loved it.  I decided as an adult it needed a revisit… and I’m glad I did! Characters ❤︎ Ella is an adorable bundle of resilience and creativity.  I am not a […]

Posted August 23, 2017 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is my second favorite of all the Potter books, and for good reason – it’s filled with action, new characters, and it’s the turning point of the series.  Listening to the audiobook just made it better.  Narrator Jim Dale continues to improve his voices.  I particularly enjoyed his choice for Madame Maxime.  I also continue to enjoy his choices for the Weasley twins, Professor McGonagall, and Professor Snape.  I think a good narrator really brings the characters to life. As for the story itself, I think that GoF is most enjoyable because it […]

Posted December 29, 2016 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
Little Me Was a Bibliophile

Little Me Was a Bibliophile

I have loved books for as long as I can remember.  Even before kindergarten, I was learning to read.  My father used to sit me on his lap and read me Dr. Seuss or other children’s books.  I remember in kindergarten writing down in some sort of end–of-the-year check-in that my all-time favorite book ever was “Is Your Mama a Llama” by Deborah Guarino.  I think I still have that book packed away somewhere.  After kindergarten, of course, it only got worse. I don’t think it was until third grade that my parents signed me up for The “Babysitter’s Club,” […]

Posted February 29, 2012 in Reading // 2 Comments //
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I grew up with the Judy Garland Wonderful Wizard of Oz film, and in fifth grade, The Emerald City of Oz was one of my favorite books, but yet, I had had never read the original, the one that started it all, until now. And I found it delightful. It reads very much like a fairytale, as it was intended. The only reason I give it four stars is that, ashamedly, I think that for the most part, the MGM version has improved upon it. Dorothy and her friends do an awful lot of travelling, which is detailed by interactions with strange and wonderful […]

Posted February 11, 2012 in Reviews // 0 Comments //