Saturday, July 10, 2010

Off to find a story-book

Well. I am having an extremely rough time with blogger right now, and it isn't letting me do a lot of the things that I want to do.... but I guess I won't ramble about what I wanted to do and what I have to do now that I can't do what I wanted to do, and just do what I have to do now that I can't do what I wanted to do in the first place.

Have any of you ever been reading a book, and out of the blue you are transported into another place, with totally different surroundings, smells and sights? Have any of you ever felt the cold twinge of fear when the Nazis almost find your Jewish friends? Do you ever suck in your breath as you look down, down, down to the bottom of a canyon from the top of a cliff, and feel the warm Mexican wind push the hair away from your face? Do you ever almost scream with laughter when your best friend "Caddie Woodlawn" puts the egg down her cousin's dress?

Some people might feel this added effect to story-reading often. Others may never experience the pleasure for lack of imagination, enthusiasm, and sometimes, a good book. I usually find that the little worlds that most people call "books" are very hard to put down when you find them - but they can be very hard to find.

If you walk into our Library's "teen section" and pick out a book, the only feeling that is anything close to what I've just described when you open it is either the "thrill of naughtiness" the "dread of wrongdoing" or the "horror of evil."

Thus, I believe that all of us could benefit from a list of books that would supply enjoyable reading material, that is neither boring, incredibly romantic (meaning the "kissy-kissy" type), or full of anything dark enough to compare with the "Twilight" saga.

So, if you have a good book that you'd like to share, please mention it in your comment. I can already think of a few to add. :D I s'pose we could all get a few good ideas from each other if we do this.


Menominee Maidens said...

A couple good books here:

"That Printer of Udell's" - By Harold Bell Wright

"The Centurion's Wife" - By Janette Oke and Davis T. Bunn

"In Shepherds Castle" - By George Mcdonald

"Across Five Aprils" - By Irene Hunt

Bethany said...

"The Great Turkey Walk" A hilarious book. And if you still want something hilarious try, "The Twenty-One Balloons" :D

"Shadow Spinner" Is one of my favorite books - just because it is..."Right Ho, Jeeves" Is the most hilarious and bestest written love novel ever...hands down.

"So Much More" is a great theological book (getting on the serious side).



Bailey said...

"The Hiding Place" by Corrie ten Boom

"Emma" by Jane Austen

"The BFG" and "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl

"The Great Divorce" by C. S. Lewis

"The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo

And whenever I'm asked to suggest books I always forget my favorites. You know, many of these book suggestions are thrilling to me for their wordplay and ideas...not their incredible action. :o)

Menominee Maidens said...

"The Lizzie Books"(Buggy Spoke Series) - Linda Byler

"Whispering Brook Series" by Carie Bender

"Mother" by Kathleen Norris

"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

"Elsie Dinsmore Series" by Martha Finley

"The Orphane Train Adventures" by Joan Lowery Nixon are all really good too!!!

Good Reading to you, ladies!



Bailey said...

Found some more!

"The Midwife's Apprentice" by Karen Cushman - excellent, just excellent

"Holes" by Louis Sacchar (13 & up only)

"Letters from Rifka" by Karen Hesse

"Angel on the Square" by Gloria Whelan

"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

"The Giver" by Lois Lowry (13 & up only)

And that's my contribution.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna! Nice backround! Hope your doing well, but anyways. Well... I don't read a whole lot. Most book ideas should be coming from my sister Sarah, the bookworm. But of the few books I've read where you will be able to experience the imaginations you just mentioned, I would have to say the books, Pearl Maiden and The Brethren. However, if you are about 10 or under I would totally reccommend Space dog... ( ya, I was a big fan of it at that age. I think only because I felt really proud of reading the whole book in one day. They were big font books you see. My family would always laugh at me for this... ahhh... memories.)

Anonymous said...

Papaw says, "The Church Age Book" by Rev. William Branham will thrill you to no end! His life story will leave you in tears, and make you so appreciative of God's love and mercy.
Mamaw says, "I have read many books that leave me with the emotions you discribed. We love good books, that leave you with the feeling you want to get so very close to God. That's the best kind to read! But I will have to think on a specific book and give you the title later...": I love reading your blog!!

Sarah said...

The Mandie Series ( you can find them at your local library ! )

Red River of the North, by Lauraine Snelling

Shadow Spinner

And many more ! Sarah