Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Bookish Memories
|Ian loves books. Here he is reading to the dog who is recovering from surgery.|
1. Reading my daughter's favorite childhood books with her son. The other day we read Jillian Jiggs together and then spent the rest of the day repeating the rhyme, "Jillian, Jillian, Jillian Jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!"
2. Listening to my dad read the How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year on December 24th before we got to open presents. Dad did all the voices and really got into it. Now that Dad is gone, a nephew is taking over the role of reader but it isn't quite the same.
3. Reading The Chronicles of Narnia series and the first three Harry Potter books aloud with my daughters when they were young. After the first three books in the HP series my daughters wanted to read faster so they read them themselves.
4. Attending the Michelle Obama Becoming book tour event with my mother, daughter, sister, husband, and friend at the Tacoma Dome.
5. Attending the WILMA (Washington Instructional Library Media Association) conferences almost every year I was an active school librarian. I enjoyed the collaboration with other professionals and met so many authors: John Green (Looking for Alaska); Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why); Sherman Alexie (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian); Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes); Naomi Shihab-Nye (A Maze Me: Poems for Girls); Orson Scoot Card (Ender's Game); and many more.
6. Listening to audiobooks on car trips with my husband (and other family members if they are along for the ride.) Recently we finished two audiobooks on our trip to spend Thanksgiving with family: Cloud Cuckoo Land and Interior Chinatown.
7. Book club discussions. I'm in two clubs and as I look back on my favorites books many of them were book club choices. This coming month the RHS Gals club is discussing The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett and the SOTH Book Club is discussing Transcription. Books usually improve in my estimation after a lively discussion.
8. Browsing book stores and libraries and finding some book I didn't even know I wanted to read.
9. Visiting libraries when I am a tourist. The last time I was in New York City we visited the main library and saw an exhibit about the art of the 60s and went for a hunt to find the original Winnie-the-Pooh and other characters from the books. They were displayed in the children's department. In Prague we gaped at a beautiful library that had painted ceilings in a monastery, though we could only look in from the door.
10. Last week my hubby and I went to the Vincent Van Gogh Experience in Seattle. It was awesome but I think my experience was broadened because I'd read the wonderful biography about the artist and his brother, Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers.