For a change from pics of food and sunsets, there’s an interesting literary challenge running around Facebook, “10 Books, 10 Days”. Finally, an example of using social media for thoughtful and meaningful purposes. Much like last summer’s exploration of literacy promoted by PBS with its Great American Read series, this challenge encourages you to stop for a moment and consider ten books which made an impact on you in some form.
I was “tagged” by my friend, Janet, to post a cover of a book over a ten day period with a different title each day. There is no explanation included, just the post. You then need to tag / nominate a friend to join the challenge and extend the viral reach of the campaign. My nine choices are pictured above. Can you guess which book I’ll choose for Day Ten?
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Last summer, I had to choose one title for my writers’ retreat to discuss. Choosing one title was an even harder task, but how could I not choose Scarlett O’Hara? I read GWTW in high school. Perhaps it foretold my inclination in seeking out strong female protagonists and historical fiction. Memoirs of a Geisha and Snowflower and the Secret Fan also mirror those elements of GWTW, albeit set in Asia.
Shutter Island and The Pact draw upon emotional traumas and pulled at my interest in the darker sides of personal tragedy and how they shape a person’s life. No surprise my B.S. degree was in Psychology from Wheaton.
I choose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Inferno based on how I read them. I read aloud the entire first Harry Potter book to my sons. We would curl up together on one of their twin beds in their shared room and dove into the magical world of wizardry. I clearly recall Peirce was in the second grade, Brendan in preschool. All three of us got wrapped up in Harry’s story and rooted for him throughout the 300 pages. Jim and I listened to Inferno on one of our drives home from Florida. Forced off I-95 in Virginia due to a blizzard, the only restaurant within walking distance from our spur-of-the-moment- need-a-hotel-which takes dogs, was Cracker Barrel. The only saving grace after a miserable dinner was at check out they had books on tape you could rent and return to any other store. The edge of your seat thriller with Robert Langdon got us home to MA and into our family room to listen to the last few chapters a la 1940’s style of huddled up around the radio and Googling the artwork and Italian cities as we listened.
Little House on the Prairie and The Black Stallion are my own copies from a 1960’s childhood of innocence, and apparently, when paperbacks were only 95 cents! I have no idea how many times I re-read those pages. Lying in my narrow bed in a converted maid’s quarters bedroom during a Cape Cod summer, I traveled back to pioneer days with Laura Ingalls and her family and galloped along the beaches of a desert island astride a magnificent wild horse (which of course fed into my girlish “horse” phase, along with Misty and Stormy of Chincoteague – tough ones to choose between!).
I love all the memories of these nine books and this challenge which has encouraged me to pause and reflect. It’s been interesting to see which titles my nominees have chosen as well – some of them were in my possibilities pile, some I have never read and now want to.
Since I could only nominate 10 people – take a moment yourself – which ten books would you select? Comment below – or go ahead and post on Facebook and claim that I nominated you. I’m interested to know what genres and character types make a lasting impression on you. Plus, for every comment left, or “like” I receive on this post, I will donate $1 to Reach Out and Read.
And, don’t miss out on the cover reveal for tomorrow – my #10!
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