So, I’m a little late getting this started, but with a tip of the hat to ’Nathan Burgoine (whom I always seem to be tipping my hat to, but never without good reason), The Borough Press has put together this nifty list for the month of June to highlight a different book every day. And, since I a) love to read and b) don’t blog often enough, this is the perfect motivation to blog—and to talk about something other than me me me, which is boring boring boring.
So, since it’s June 2, I’m a day behind. Let’s get started.
1. Favorite book from childhood:
The first one that came to mind was Stuart Little. E.B. White is a hilarious writer, and this book really resonated with me as a kid. Maybe because it’s about a family’s son who’s not your typical kid:
Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure.
Stuart’s greatest adventure comes when his best friend, a beautiful little bird named Margalo, disappears from her nest. Determined to track her down, Stuart ventures away from home for the very first time in his life. He finds adventure aplenty. But will he find his friend?
I remember getting to the end of the book and hoping for a sequel, which never did come. Did he ever find Margalo? I really wanted to know.
2. Favorite bargain:
I’m in a really lucky position as a writer, since I get a lot of books for free. But, as everyone knows, the best bargain of all is the library. And one of my favorite books that I checked out from the library was The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. It won the Orange Prize in 2012, and with good reason. It’s the tale of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus, told from Patroclus’ point of view, and it’s beautiful and heartbreaking. I don’t know how many times I’ve recommended this book to people, but I’m recommending it again. Go read it now. You could even check it out from the library….