Thursday, March 01, 2018

World Book Day

Happy World Book Day!

If you have visited me here before, you'll know that I love books. Sometimes it seems as if I've been reading for as long as I can remember. By the time that I went to school, I was already reading quite well. Some of my earliest memories are of me sitting on the floor as a tiny little girl and pulling one of the old encyclopedias off the bookshelf. I'd open it up and look at the pictures and then pick out the words that I knew and read them out loud or I'd write them on a piece of paper. My daddy used to read to me or I'd read to him in the evenings sometimes. I think that having access to books...the old encyclopedias and my own storybooks, definitely had an impact upon my love of books early in life. I'm grateful to my parents and extended family for giving me access to books as I was growing up. It's not hyperbole to say that books changed my life for the better and I'm so grateful.

As I mentioned in my previous post, my 10th blogiversary is coming up. This blog will be 10 years old...double digits...(smile)...on March 4th. So in honor of my upcoming 10th blogiversary and World Book Day, I've decided to share a list of my ten favorite books. This was HARD! This list could've been ten lists of ten because there are so many books that I love and picking just ten is quite a challenge. But hey, I'm going with the ten theme here for ten years :) So I'll just say that these are ten of my favorite books, but there are many, many more.

Okay, here goes, in no particular order....

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Wedding by Dorothy West

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

The Hand I Fan With by Tina McElroy Ansa

Cane River by Lalita Tademy

I Know Why the  Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

All of these books mean something special to me. They have all given me a new viewpoint about something and I relish that. As I look back over this list, I think that perhaps I'll reread them all. We shall see.

In the meantime, Happy World Book Day! :)

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