Harry and a CONTEST!

DSC00971.JPGOk – I took everyone’s advice and ignored the yarn for this week’s Sneak Up and am reading Harry instead. 🙂 I’m actually almost done with the book. I will admit that I have stopped to do one thing or another (I’m not ignoring your orders – just the new yarn) but I will finish the book today. It’s good and I’m anxious to see how it all turns out. I have enjoyed the author’s creativity in these HP books. (And there are some inventions in there that I think would be darned handy to have around.)

DSC00972.JPGSo, since we still need a contest for July, I thought I’d see what everyone’s favorite book is. I love to read and while I can’t necessarily come up with one favorite book (although I will say I loved all of the Chronicles of Narnia), I thought I’d share my favorite childhood books with you. It’s funny to read them now, because I’m not sure why these became my favorites out of all the ones I had. But they did. The Lonely Doll is not a book I ever owned, but I remember checking it out from the library multiple times because I loved it so much. I majored in Elementary Education in college, with a minor in Reading, and somehow during one of my Children’s Lit courses, I rediscovered this book. (I always remembered it – just couldn’t remember the name or author.) I was so happy to find it available to order and now I have my own copy. It’s about a doll and two teddy bears who live in a house (no adults) and get into all kinds of adventures. I think there might’ve been a sequel or two, but this was the one I liked.

DSC00973.JPGMy other two favorites were Bunny Blue and Mr. Snitzel’s Cookies. This is my original copy of Bunny Blue from when I was young, but I found Mr. Snitzel on ebay a few years ago. (Is there anything you CAN’T find on ebay?) Now I have these books displayed in a cupboard and I like having them there. Every so often I have to go back and read them. So what about you? Are there books from your childhood or adulthood that you’d call a favorite? I know that a lot of knitters are also book lovers, so it’ll be fun to get some new suggestions for good books. Leave your favorite book here in the blog comments by next Wednesday, August 1st, and I’ll do a random drawing for our monthly Loopy Gift Certificate! I’m also going to do the August blog contest very soon, in celebration of our one year anniversary – so keep an eye out here for that as well. There is a great grand prize for that contest!

Ok – back to Harry………..

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  1. My favorite book as a kid was The Phantom Tollbooth. Still one of my faves, in fact, an dI can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read it.

  2. My favorite book as a kid was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Before that, it was all about Millie’s Secret by Gyo Fugikowa, and it’s about a little girl who has a puppy that’s expecting babies. She keeps telling her friends that she has a secret but she won’t tell until she’s ready. Then she brings them to her house to see the puppies. Such a sweet story!! It’s one of my daughter’s favorites now.

  3. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books were my favorites. In simple language, she documented the lives of women through the pioneer era. Not only did she write the books, she lived the life!

  4. I have read “Marjorie Morningstar” by Herman Wouk many times. The talented girl who follows her dreams, then regresses back to the good girl her family wants her to be.

  5. My favorite books were the OZ books by L Frank Baum. My father got them as a child and he read them to me. They remind me of the HP books. Great imagination. As I got older I liked the “Betsy, Tacy” books by Lovelace I think. Stories about girls growing up in the early 1900s. I love to read and I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite. My Sister’s Keeper raised lots of thought provoking questions.

  6. My favorite books are Gone with the Wind and Scarlett. I’m not big into classics but these are definitely two books that I ADORE and always keep in my library (I tend to buy new books, read them and promptly give them away to make room for more!).

    Wanna trade books for yarn? LOL

  7. I am late, but writing anyway. My favorite young child book was Black Beauty. I was one of those little girls who loved horses. Then a bit later, A Wrinkle in Time, which I guess was my first science fiction book. As a teen, I read too many things over and over. Ray Bradbury and Hermann Hesse. My favorite adult book was The Color Purple. Runner ups are anything by Maeve Binchy or Amy Tan.

    Mostly I read knitting books, though, when not knitting.

    I have thought it quite interesting how many people cited the same exact books!

  8. I remember the Lonely Doll! Wow, that’s a blast from the past.

    My favorite book when I was kid was “The Westing Game.” I still read it at least once a year, and absolutely adore it still.

  9. i was a huuuuuge fan of ‘the secret garden’ and then in my junior high and high school years, i had quite a collection of the Nancy Drew books, where she was college age – loved those! now, though – my favorites are the books that Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child write in tandem… Particularly “Cabinet of Curiosities” and “Still Life With Crows”, but going all the way back. Some of the characters are repeated. They have a new one coming out next month, wooohooo!

  10. I have always loved Gone With the Wind. I could read it over and over again. Harry was never one of my favorites. guess because i am older and never got into that.

  11. I guess knitters do like to read!!! As a child, it was “Charlotte’s Webb”. Then into the Nancy Drew books and any other mystery in the library.
    As an adult, I have Agatha Christie and any other mystery I can get my hands on.
    I have never read Narnia or Lord of the Rings, but after reading all of the above, I may pick them up and try them.
    I started Harry in January, just to see what all of the hype was, and I was hooked. I read them all, and then had to wait 6 months for HP7. I was surprised how much I enjoyed them.

  12. One of my favorite books as a child was “Mine’s the best”. I don’t believe there was single word in the book but many illustrations of two kids with balloons trying to prove their balloon was better. They pulled their balloons longer, stretched them wider, etc until both balloons burst. The third kid, who was silently watching all of this and not competing was the only one with a balloon at the end.

    I think I may need to search Mom’s house for that book to share with my 3 yr old.

  13. Fascinating list of books – yes, I read all the comments. I saw my childhood favorite only 3 times. Given to me by my 7th grade teacher, Miss Jane Hoy, Where the Red Fern Grows, will always hold a dear dear place in my heart. Since my bedroom is decorated with nostalgic momentos from the childhoods of my husband and I, this book (the original gift from 1977, with Christmas gift tag still intact on inside front cover) has a shelf all to itself. Since I now teach 7th grade Language Arts, it is brought to school once a year for “show and tell.” The story and the underlying lesson of friendship and love is timeless.

    My favorite, as an adult, is undoubtedly, The Awakening, by Kate Chopin.

  14. Nancy Drew mysteries were my first “chapter” books; I still have my collection which includes a couple of antiques published in the 1930s…(let’s just say those were more than 20 years old when I was a youngster). The REAL “101 Dalmations” by Dody Smith (who has written some other great stories, too.) Hermann Wouk (especially “Winds of War” and “War and Remembrance”). Most recently, all-Jane Austen and Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series.

  15. I like The Notebook and all Nicolas Sparks’ books. Memoirs of a Geisha was good, How to Eat a 747, The Lion, The Witch , and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web, Of Mice and Men….

    so many good books!!

  16. Favorite adult book: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx is a close second. Andrea has good taste- I loved The Blue Sword as well!

  17. all time favorite?
    oh that’s a toughie.
    I love me some harry potter.
    but since you’re looking for DIFFERENT books…
    one that’s stuck with me LONG after I read it…
    The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.
    Have you visited goodreads.com??
    awesome site – where you can keep track of the books you’ve read, the ones you want to read and the ones you’re reading.
    good good stuff.
    and it gives you TONS of ideas for what to read next!

  18. I am having a great time discovering books with my daughter – the Bunnicula series, the Droon series, the Magic Treehouse series, the Boxcar children series. I love so many books, I can’t pick just one. I was a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan as a kid. My favorite characters are from Winnie the Pooh though so maybe I’ll pick them.

  19. My favorite book as a child was probably Harriet the Spy. As an adult, I’ve read Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry over and over again. And I don’t even like westerns.

  20. I just finished a new young adult book called “Dragon Slippers.” It’s a great read and I can’t wait to buy it for my library at school. Because I am a librarian my favorite books change fairly often. One that I always like to read is “The Dark is Rising” by Susan Cooper. One that I read to my 6th graders is “A Tale of Desperaux.”

  21. Let’s see….I read alot as a child..loved to read…read many many things…Winnie the Pooh was always a main stay…Like Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys and the Bobsy twins..mystery and lots of adventure. My Favorite were by Madeline L’Engle…Swiftly tilting planet …that whole series was just wonderful.

    Thanks for taking me down memory lane with books. Need to reread some of those I think.

  22. i can never choose a favorite book, so i usually resort to favorite author and even then it is a rotating roster — robertson davies, larry brown, yukio mishima. but i do have a particular fondness for the two books that actually made me cry: a prayer for owen meany [john irving] and gilead [marilynn robinson]. and unfortunately both were read in very public places, leaving me hesitant to bring dramas on planes and buses or to the gym.

  23. Any of the Amelia Peabody series of books by Elizabeth Peters. (Crocodile on the Sandbank may be the best.) Fun mystery books set in late 19th Egypt.

  24. There was a really cool children’s book about a solar eclipse that I loved when I was younger. It’s called “Someone is Eating the Sun” by Ruth A. Sonneborn — the illustrations are great. These animals go running around warning each other that something terrible is happening as the sun disappears little by little… and are shocked when it returns, good as new. There’s a picture of the cover at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Someone-Eating-Random-House-Pictureback/dp/0394829174

  25. This isn’t a book but a whole series of books, 8 to be exact. I still adore the Anne of Green Gables series. I’m on my 3rd or 4th set since I first got them. I just adore Anne’s wonderful imagination and zest for life. Even though just an orphan, she certainly turns lemons into lemonade! And the side characters are just as much fun as Anne. And all set in beautiful Price Edward Island. Because of these books, I really want to visit P.E.I.

  26. Growing up I read all the Nancy Drews. As a grown up I have read all the agatha Christies. Love Miss Marple.
    I’ve also read all the Harry Potter and Finished the 7th in a day and a half. And have decided to read the whole series again. It’s been ten years since I read the first in the series.
    But my altime favorite author is Jane Austen. Best book P&P.

    We all have to take time to read. So enjoy and worry about the sneak up later.

  27. My favorite book as a child was A Wrinkle in Time. I think I will borrow my sister’s Harry Potters to read next.

  28. My favorites are Jane Eyre and The Discontented Ghost (by Scott Corbett). I read other Scott Corbett books when I was a child, but I always returned to that one.

  29. Favorite children’s books-“The Black Stallion” series by Walter Farley
    Favorite grown up books-The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Have read both series more times than I can count.

  30. I love to read! As a little one, my favorite books were “Love You Forever” and “Ruby the Copycat.” Growing up, I loved The Babysitters’ Club. I’ve read every single one– including the Little Sister series! Now, Harry Potter is top of the list, but my favorites also include the Children of the Promise series (it’s a Mormon fiction series set in World War II in Utah) and various light reads like the Shopaholic series. I’ll read nearly everything 🙂

  31. I know as a child I really liked The Little Prince. To this day I still remember the first time I saw the scary picture of a hat. 🙂

    I also love The Golden Compass trilogy, although I didn’t read it til I was an adult.

  32. I guess I share my favorite with some others. “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” has always spoken to me for some reason. I won’t give up my copy of it for anything. I told my sister if she lost it, I would kill her 🙂 Just kidding, kind of. I guess just maim…..

  33. My favorite book as a kid was “Are you there God,It’s me, Margaret” by Judy Blume. In fact, all the Judy Blume books are awesome! Now, it’s anything by Wilbur Smith or Diana Gabaldon…

  34. You’re doing that thing again, where you ask the hard questions. lol

    Anyways, if I had to pick, I would say Wizard and Glass by Stephen King. It’s funny, because it’s one of a series, but I like that one in particular. Close on the heels of that is Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. The characters in that book are so endearing.

    And um…I don’t read the Harry Potter books. Though I don’t like to admit that to other knitters, it seems to be huge amongst the community!

  35. I love The World According to Garp, The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, and The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and have read each more than once.

  36. The Secert Garden! I loved that book. My mom read it to me when I was little and I fell it love it then. When I was really sick when I was 19 and had a hard time sleeping because of the pain, my mom read it to me each night to help me fall asleep.

  37. I would have to say that my favorite childhood book was “The Swiss Family Robinson” by Johann David Wyss. We only had one copy of it in the house and my brother and I took turns reading it. It fell apart and we carefully kept track of all of the pages because we couldn’t find another copy that we liked. All of the copies that we could find were abridged editions for kids and we had grown to love the full size version. I remember being so excited to see the Disney movie of the book but alas, it was not at all like the book!

    I have a hard time picking a favorite book as an adult so I will settle for mentioning a great book that I don’t think a lot of people have read: “The Secret History” by Donna Tartt

  38. No way, can’t pick one. But you like threes, so I’ll give you three of my childhood favorites– Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey, Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston, and the Phantom Tollbooth. Oh yeah, three more–the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (How many threes can I get away with?) Three favorite mystery writers: Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, and Robert Crais. I am squarely in the HP fan club and thought #7 was one of the best in the series!

  39. No way, can’t pick one. But you like threes, so I’ll give you three of my childhood favorites– Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey, Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston, and the Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Oh yeah, three more–the Lord of the Rings trilogy. (How many threes can I get away with?) Three favorite mystery writers: Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, and Robert Crais. And Diana Gabaldon, for amazing time travel… I am squarely in the HP fan club and thought #7 was one of the best in the series!

  40. Oh there are so many that I love. The Little House series, Nancy Drew, Secret Garden, Little Women, Charlotte’s Web, Harriet the Spy, all the Narnia books……I could go on and on. I am going to reread the comments and write down some new ones to try now! What a great topic to start!

  41. I look at all the books others have read and realize how many of these I have read and just loved. One of my favourite books when youg was “Wind In the Willow”…………Oh but then there was all the Nancy Drew books and the Bobsie Twins…………..I could not begin to choose one!!

    On the he/she thing. Well it is the Loopy EWE so I really do thing Loopy is a girl. I think of Loopy liking lacey things…….pretty things like glorious yarn!! I think Loopy is definitely a girl!!

  42. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild was my favorite series childhood books.

    The Time Traveler’s wife is a good adult book.

    And of course, the Bible was the most influential book in my life.

  43. My very first favorite book was definitely Winnie the Pooh. I still have that book with my name written in crayon on the inside cover. The “J” is backwards. Now my favorite would definitely be “The Lord of the Rings” with “The Little Prince” getting an honorable mention. I first read LotR when I was 8 or 9, it was loaned to me by a college student rooming in our home and I devoured “The Hobbit” and LotR all in a single summer. Oddly it takes me longer to read them now but I still revisit them when the notion strikes.

  44. Only one? Impossible. When I was a child, I remember my favorites were the Nancy Drew series and Alice in Wonderland. In my teenage years, The Hobbit, Lord of the RIngs series, and Agatha Christie mysteries. When my children were young, one of our favorites was Two Good Friends. We wore it out. I couldn’t replace it because it was out of print (pre Ebay days), so I hand-made a new copy for us. The book I just finished before starting the new Harry Potter was A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton.

  45. So many favorite childhood books, but all of Marguerite Henry’s were tops, especially “Born to Trot,” and “Sea Star,Orphan of Chincoteague,” (part ofher “Misty” trilogy) were great, along with “Mouse House,” By Rumer Godden. Other faves: Ruby Ferguson’s “Jill” pony books always had a bit here or there about knitting (Jill making a pr of Fair Isle gloves, a polo-necked sweater, buying wool for a sweater out of her horse show winnings), and for pure escapism, the pre teen adventures of Marsha Martin’s “Donna Parker” books.

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