Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Ten on Tuesday . . .

The Ten On Tuesday prompt for today is a special one in honor of Beverly Cleary's birthday and Drop Everything and Ready Day.  It is:  10 Books That Made YOU Want to Drop Everything and Read.

Wow . . . I was always the kid with the book growing up.  My first "real" job in Junior High was working at the public library shelving books for 75 cents an hour  :-D

Some of these are children's books - some are not. I would sit down and read any of them again at the drop of a hat . . .

  1. Nancy Drew.  Any time there was a new one, I was ready.  I learned about pen names - seriously, who knew that "Carolyn Keene" wasn't a real person?!  :-D
  2. The Hardy Boys - ditto
  3. The Famous Five - I only had a few of these because they were British (gifted to me by a friend of my mother's).  I would have read them all, I'm sure.
  4. The Boxcar Children - my cousin found The Boxcar Children cookbook in a used book store a few years ago and snapped it up for me  :-D
  5. The Man Who Was Magic - actually, I loved pretty much anything by Paul Gallico.
  6. Kay Thompson's Eloise - who didn't love Eloise.  I still love Eloise  :-)\
  7. The Stand - I couldn't put it down.  Just don't read it if you have a cold . . .
  8. 'Tis Pity She's a Whore - a tragedy by John Ford - published in the 1630s. There was a film made of it in 1971 that I saw in college, which is when I read this play (theater/music major here :-) ). I recall that the film was extremely powerful, and Charlotte Rampling was in it - she's pretty much always brilliant.
  9. Awake and Sing - another play, this time by 1930s playwright, Clifford Odets.  Who doesn't love Clifford Odets???
  10. The Sun Also Rises -  Mic drop.
All my children's books are now with my cousin's daughter so she can share with them her children. :-)

And those last three titles have made the cut every time I have downsized my books.  If you read Henry James and then read Hemingway, you will see very clearly how he completely changed the trajectory of American literature.

A good list  :-)


2 comments:

Ely said...

I totally did not know that about Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys. One summer, when I was probably 6 or 7, I was left with my great aunt and her daughters while my mom was away. In their room were Nancy Drew books, but most likely the older versions since the girls were at least 15 years older than me by the mid 80s. I loved them. I can't remember the language now but I was probably too young to notice. I could never get into the Hardy Boys. Oh, and I loved Ramona but not so much the rat books.

The Boxcar Children I read a few years later, after we moved north. That was a fun series.

All of this feels like a lifetime ago... Why aren't adult books as fun as children's?

A :-) said...

How fun for you to discover Nancy Drew on a summer vacation :-)

I think there are some adult books that are fun - or at least compelling. I think you've given me a blog post idea, Ely :-)