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31 Days - 31 Books (days 25 & 26) - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
31 Days - 31 Books (days 25 & 26)
Whoops - missed out on writing the 25th's entry before midnight, so I postponed it until today. Decided to write it now since tonight is card night at Aunt Becky's and those usually run LATE.

Day25 - A book where the main character is almost like you

When rembrandt13 mentioned that she was looking forward to my answer to this one, I thought, "damn, is there a book with a main character like me?" And I've been thinking that question for awhile. And the fact is, there really aren't a lot out there. But there are two with traits that I see clearly in me. One is Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - before she becomes cool (and before she was played by Emma Watson). The annoying know-it-all. Yeah, there's some of me in that. Another one is Matilda from the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. I was Matilda but in a good home (which was my excuse for never developing magic powers). But man, did I read a hell of a lot when I was a kid. So I was pleased when Dahl wrote a book with a female character who read lots.

Day26 - Book you would read to your children

So many to choose from... But two in particular stand out: Corduroy by Dan Freeman and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Both of these books are very precious to my childhood. Corduroy is the anti-Velveteen Rabbit. He's a teddy bear who manages to find his perfect human (instead of being removed from his human). A great book about bonding with your teddy. :-)

When my great-grandma Elleman (a Dear Saint if ever there was one) was babysitting me one time, she told me that she'd read me a book before I went to sleep. So naturally, I brought my then-favorite book to her: Where the Wild Things Are. Being a loving great-grandma, she, of course, read me the book. But when my folks got home, her question to them was "Doesn't your daughter have any nice Christian books to read?" Heh. Sure enough, I received an Arch book from her not long after. (I actually wound up with a nice collection of Arch books and still enjoy them to this day. Fun stories. But Where the Wild Things Are is an even better one. "I'll eat you up I love you so!")

The rest of the 31 days:

Day1 - Book you are reading right now
Day2 - The book you want to read next
Day3 - Your favourite Book
Day4 - Book you hate
Day5 - A Book you can read again and again

Day6 - A book you can only read once (no matter you love or hate it)
Day7 - Book that reminds you of someone
Day8 - Book that reminds you on a certain place
Day9 - The first book you ever read
Day10 - Book from your favourite author
Day11 - Book you once loved and now hate
Day12 - Book that a friend recommended
Day13 - Book that makes you laugh

Day14 - Book from your childhood
Day15 - 4. book from the left on your shelf
Day16 - 9. book from the right on your shelf
Day17 - Close your eyes and get any book from your shelf
Day18 - Book with the most beautiful cover
Day19 - Book, that you ever wanted to read
Day20 - Book that you read at school
Day21 - most stupid book you read at school
Day22 - Book on your shelf with the most pages
Day23 - Book on your shelf with the least pages
Day24 - Book where nobody would expect you read/loved it
Day27 - A book where the main character is your idol
Day28 - Thanks God this book was made into a movie
Day29 - Darn, why did they make this book into a movie?
Day30 - First erotic book you ever read
Day31 - Book series you are collecting

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ravenskyewalker From: ravenskyewalker Date: May 27th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I adore Where the Wild Things Are and loved Maurice Sendak quite a bit. He was a significant influence on me as a kid. I should've posted something on LJ when he died, but... am out of the habit. It was sad to lose him, but the last time Terry Gross interviewed him on Fresh Air, his partner had just died, and he was so very sad and ready to go. :-(

Did you also have the Nutshell Library, which included Pierre? (He was the boy who kept saying he didn't care and got eaten by a lion, but the lion got sick and barfed him back up, and he'd learned not to say he didn't care!)
rembrandt13 From: rembrandt13 Date: May 28th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Any nice Christian books? Like the Bible, maybe, with all its mass murders, decapitations, raping & pillaging, etc? I liked Sendak a lot better (& still do).

I can totally see the Hermione thing; I've only gotten to see part of the film Matilda but in any case, you've gotten farther than I have, since I'm not at all sure there is any book out there with a me-like main character (though there's a ding where Hermione is concerned, I think it's just from when my students started calling me, "Hermione"--I never figured out how much of it was due to my hair vs. me always having an answer for everything).

After reading the plot synopsis, I think I might have read Corduroy at some point--though it was first published in 1976, when I was eleven, & by that time I was well into the 'young adult' section of the library. Its plot seems faintly familiar, though that could be due to the similarity of themes--lonely toy finds love & acceptance--with MY fave childhood book, The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright. Evidently it's now somewhat controversial (I really shouldn't have read any of the comments there at Amazon), but I'm glad to see others standing up for it--as a kid with significant abandonment issues, that book was like a snapshot of my deepest fears (which happily were put to rest for Edie the doll, if not me), plus the clothes in the photos are FABULOUS. :D
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