Julie from A Small Accomplishment has created a new blog feature. It's called Listful Mondays and the idea is to make a list around the theme she comes up with... or not. It's whatever you feel like she says. I'm hoping this will get me going on my Suey's Top Ten idea I had awhile back, but have slacked off in doing, because I'm sure some of these lists will go hand in hand with that.
This theme for this first one is:
Books suggested/given to you. Books from your formative years.
Once upon a time, when I was about 12 years old or so, I went to a family reunion. While there, my dad introduced me to his cousin who was a librarian I think. He told his cousin, "This kids likes to read. Can you give her a list of some good books?" So he wrote me a list, a piece of paper that I cherished for years, but have since lost I'm sure. Many of those books were current Newbery winners (we're talking the 70's here!). But whenever I come across them even now, I think about that list. I'm pretty sure I read every single book on the list, and they opened up a whole new world of "good" books.
Here's what I can remember from that list:
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Julie of the Wolves
From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
A Wrinkle in Time
A Cricket in Times Square
.... and I wish I could remember more! I wonder where that paper ended up! It's probably still at my parent's home, stashed in some memento box.
Other books I remember reading around this time:
The Riddle Master of Hed
Lilies of the Field
How to Eat Fried Worms
What do you remember reading from when you around 12 years old? Make your list and share!