Dees came up with an intriguing subject for the weekly meme, This is...my favorite book.
I usually don't have the kind of favorite that I read again and again but two stand out in my mind. This one was a present for my 10th birthday - The Secret Garden by Frances Hogdson Burnett. I still have my copy, a 1949 Lippincott edition.
I certainly identified with little Mary and her "I Won't!" attitude. and later lived in Yorkshire and read it again there having a full appreciation of the 'invigorating' Yorkshire air. Later, living in SE Asia I could imagine Mary's early days of being cared for by servants. I know I've seen more than one of the film/tv adaptations and recently had a fine time seeing it on cable. I felt like Mary was a lot snittier in the book!
While living in England, I was happily near a library which was full of authors unknown to me, and I made some of my initial selections by scanning which one of them had a lot of books. I figured that if I liked the author I had a treasure trove; if not, I had one section already crossed off. I think that is how I first selected Laurie Lee. His Cider with Rosie became one of my favorites, read more than once while in England, and one which went around the world with me for a long time. While that copy is now gone, I now have this version which I found in a US used book store. I plan to read it again next winter...somehow it seems like a cozy, winter read to me...perhaps bringing back memories of England so long ago.
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- On my desk...April 30
- sausage and pierogi
- Well who knew...
- This is...my favorite book
- On my desk...April 23
- Trash, trash, do we have trash!
- Back to the Kitchen
- This is ...my latest discovery
- Attention Button Lovers
- best friends -about 1954
- On my desk...April 16
- FREE TIBET
- Mrs. G and her 3 Husbands
- This is...my perfect dinner party guest list
- Egg-ing You On
- Yes I am a Monkey
- Time Trio Giveaway
- On my desk...April 9
- Spent the morning in Little Saigon
- Roasted cauliflower soup
- This is... my jewelry box(es)
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- Six Things About Me
- On my desk... April 2
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