Monday, May 16, 2011
Books, books, and more books
I went on to read all the Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden books I could get my hands on. And of course there were CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series. I read so much that in fifth grade I once got in trouble. Sr Mary Jean told me if I read less and studied more I would have gotten an A on my geography test instead of a B+.
Every other week we would go to the library and I'd bring a stack of books home. And, if I finished reading my books before the two weeks was over, I'd start on my dad's. I can remember reading Surgeon Under the Knife, I Am Third, and a bunch of books by Dorothy Fuldheim when I was in junior high. If he couldn't find his books he knew where to look!
I've discovered a few new (to me) authors that are not only great writers but tell stories from a faithful, positive, Catholic perspective. I met Regina Doman at the Chesterton conference last summer and have since devoured all of her books. Her books are geared towards teens but are intelligent and complex enough that adults will like them also. She has adapted a number of fairy tales to modern day times and handles delicate subjects with sensitivity. Michelle Buckman is similar, though her books are thoroughly adult.
Who do you like to read? What are your favorites?