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Books have always been a very special and magical part of my life. My memories of books I read as a child are so real that it is almost as if I am reading the words on the page for the first time again. Anything by Judy Blume or Beverly Cleary grabbed and held my attention, and I still remember the long, sleepless nights during my Christopher Pike phase. During my pre-teen summers I could pick up a Pike book like Remember Me or Scavenger Hunt and read the book from cover to cover in one intense afternoon.
In the early years of high school I went through a poetry phase that in turn drove me to read every word ever published by the great Maya Angelou. This fueled an interest in African American literature that led to a love of Zora Neale Hurston , Alice Walker, Rita Dove, but especially Toni Morrison, whose books twisted my stomach, broke my heart, but kept me wanting to read more.
That obsession gave way to British literature, and I still have the chart I made to keep track of the Catherine’s in Wuthering Heights. My love of British literature followed me to college, where I majored in literature and studied abroad….where else? London. I still have a soft spot for all things Brit Lit and just last night finished the first in author Philippa Gregory’s new series about the War of the Roses, The White Queen. I must now wait impatiently for the next book in the series, just as I paced around the house, desperately needing to read the second book in the Twilight Saga having feverishly devoured the first. When I read Gregory’s 16th Century Tudor England series, I believe I averaged four hours of sleep a night for weeks. Next on my book shelf is Her Fearful Symmetry, the newest novel from Audrey Niffeneger, author of Time Traveler’s Wife. During my semester in London I worked as a student teacher at the Highgate School, and I look forward to reading a novel set in the same part of the city that I love.
As a mother some of my favorite moments have been times spent reading to my children. Those moments and my own memories make me so happy that I’m holding a special event this week…
Today I am kicking off Book Week here at Resourceful Mommy, and we’re starting the rumpus with tomorrow night’s Twitter sitewarming for one of my favorite childhood books, Where the Wild Things Are. There will be book reviews, giveaways, and even reviews of early reading programs. If you and your family love reading as much as we do, be sure to check back daily!