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This Week’s Question
There are two books that stick out in my mind when I think about reading and my childhood: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin and All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot. I loved both of these books deeply, though for very different reasons.
I can’t remember the first time I read The Westing Game but I do remember how I felt when I read it. This was the first book I remember choosing by myself, reading, and absolutely loving! I had never read a mystery novel before and I remembering becoming completely absorbed in trying to decipher the clues and figure out what was going on.
I also loved the main character, Turtle, because she was a tomboy like me. I think she was the first written character in which I could really see myself. That’s probably why I connected with this book so much! To this day, it’s one of the few books that I enjoy re-reading.
As for All Creatures Great and Small, I often credit this book for being the one that made me an avid reader. I was gifted this book by my fourth grade teacher. She knew that I had expressed an interest in becoming a veterinarian when I was older and she was trying to find a book I would be interested in since I didn’t like anything in our small classroom library. She knew I was reading at a high level, so she gave me a copy of All Creatures Great and Small and told me to give it a try.
I fell for this book hard. I remember tearing through it within a week and immediately seeking out the next book in the series. I begged for my parents to buy me the books and I still own all of them to this day. I adore James Herriot’s writing. His writing made me feel like I was out tending to sheep and cows right alongside him! It’s heartfelt and evocative and it still makes me emotional to this day. I remember my younger self being in absolute awe that a book could make me feel so many different emotions! After binging the series, my curiosity for the written word didn’t slack and I’ve been in love with reading ever since.
What were some memorable books from your child? Any particular favorites that you still re-read? Let me know in the comments!
And, as always, happy reading!