Monday, July 20, 2015


Today's letter E is for ECLECTIC...

I've always been a voracious reader ever since my older sister, Janet, helped teach me how to read.  When it came time to teaching my own son how to read, I encouraged him to read a variety of different genres. A good read is a good read no matter whether it's a picture book, mystery, middle grade humor, or nonfiction. Here are some of my favorites I've read over the years...

A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens...The plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution.

SILAS MARNER by George Eliot...A gentle linen weaver is accused of a heinous crime. Exiling himself, he becomes a recluse, only to find redemption in his love for an abandoned child who mysteriously appears one day in his isolated cottage.

MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE by Marguerite Henry...Set in the island town of Chincoteague,Virginia, the book tells the story of the Beebe family and their efforts to raise a filly born to a wild horse.

A DIFFERENT CLASS BOYHOOD by JP Rambling...From humble beginnings in a small coal-mining community, where life was largely idyllic, Joel is thrust into the alien environment of a plush boys' boarding school and things begin to unravel.

CHASING LINCOLN'S KILLER by James Swanson... Based on rare archival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and the man hunters, this book is a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth.

DON'T FORGET TO WRITE by Pam Hobbs...In June 1940, 10-year-old Pam Hobbs and her sister Iris took the long journey from their council home in Leigh-on-Sea to faraway rural Derbyshire during England's countrywide Operation Pied Piper in an attempt to save the children from Hitler's bombs.

THE THREE NINJA PIGS by Corey Rosen Schwartz...Why does this wolf think he can come to town and blow all the houses down? These three little pigs just aren't going to take it from that bully anymore! The first starts aikido lessons---he'll make mincemeat out of that wolf! His brother learns a little jujitsu--he'll chop that guy to pieces!

HAMPIRE by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
On the farm, the critters knew,
At night while they were sleeping,
Past barn and pens,
Past lambs and hens,
A HAMPIRE went out creeping.

THE MONSTORE by Tara Lazar...The Monstore is a one-stop shop for all your monsterly needs in this enormously funny story that's full of friendly, kooky creatures.

I'm heavily into picture books these days...reading an average of 300-400 books a year...along with all the other books I read, but so far my all time favorite book is...

THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein...The book follows the life of a female apple tree and a boy who are able to communicate with each other; the tree addresses the human as "Boy" his entire life. In his childhood, the boy enjoys playing with the tree, climbing her trunk, swinging from her branches, and eating her apples. However, as time passes he starts to make requests of the tree.

How about you? What are some of your favorite reads over the years? Do you have an all time favorite? Share with me in the comments below...

Blurb:Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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  1. I'm flattered and feel a little unworthy

    1. Awww, JP, there you go again underestimating your value as a writer...;~)

      Thanks for stopping by and come back any time!