Tuesday, March 10, 2009

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK (April 12-19)

Book Lovers Unite! I know there are lots of you out there and to celebrate the upcoming event April 12-19, 2009 is National Library Week, I'm going to be offering games, prizes and fun features during this special week.

To celebrate and help spread the love of reading, I’d like to hear what your favorite book(s) of all time happen to be.

Please include your favorite book list in the COMMENTS section and I’ll compile a final list.


Remember:

"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill."

Barbara Tuchman (Historian/Author)

15 comments:

Christina Farley said...

Really? Just one? I don't know if I can. It depends on the day. I'm up in the air over Pride and Prej. and Lord of the Rings.

David Batista said...

Yeah, there's too many to pick from. So I'll just go with the one book that started it all for me. The Shades, by Betty Brock. I wrote a blog entry about why this is the book that got me into SF reading and writing:

http://davidjbatista.blogspot.com/2008/09/everyone-has-book-like-this.html

As for libraries, I'm afraid I haven't been to one in years. I know I shouldn't, but I buy all my books. Usually in hardcover. I'm sure the publishing industry just loves me. LOL!

Jean said...

Just one! Oh, that's difficult. I write for children so I read LOTS of gorgeous picture books, tons of mid-grades, and some YAs.

For adult books I read mostly NF. I love the Lord of the Ring series, though.

The first novel that got me hooked was The Robe. I read it in high school and fell in love with historicals.

Book sellers love David. Librarians love me. My local librarians recently awarded me a "frequent reader" card! Now, what in the world do I do with all those point?

Jean
http://www.jeanmatthewhallwords.blogspot.com

Bish Denham said...

My list of favorite books is so long...in no particular order here are a few from my childhood that remain favorites.

Call of the Wild
Any of the Oz books
The Cat in the Hat
Eloise
The World of Pooh
A Child's Garden of Verses

Captain Hook said...

Homecoming by Cynthia Voight probably had the most influence on me when I was a kid. Whenever I would feel bad or depressed, the troubles Dicey went through would cheer me up, make me think my life really wasn't that bad.

To this day, I still reread it (and the rest of the series) and have made my three oldest children read it.

Kelly said...

That reminds me I have two different books to return to two different libraries this week!
My most entertaining adult book is The Dirt by the members of Motley Crue
Favorite YA Harry Potter series (I miss Harry!)
Favorite picture book- The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
I also love the June B. Jones books

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Three cheers for books! I loved Little Women. Coming in to tie for second would be Anne of Green Gables and anything by Judy Blume.

Des said...

Libraries are my favorite places. For books: Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck; My Sister's Keeper, Judy Picoult and The Pleasure of My Company, Steve Martin.

Great idea Kim. I look forward to discovering new authors to read.

Amy Tate said...

Oh gracious, I couldn't pick just one. I recently bought another book shelf so I wouldn't have to get rid of any. Let's see, my favorite book that I most recently read is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. It moved me to tears.

Brenda said...

I have to say my all-time favorite book is "Twas the Night Before Christmas"...

When Son was younger, we would snuggle up on the couch and I would read it to him and when he got older, he read it me...so it has special meaning...I know he and I read lots of books when he was younger, but this is the only one that stands out...

Anonymous said...

My favorite book is Twilight.
TR

Tara Maya said...

Oh, such a hard question. Urgh. I have favorites in different genres.

I take both my babies on walks to libraries, so they can enjoy the sensation of being surrounded by books. To me, that is one of the happiest experiences in the whole world. Inexplicably, my husand isn't so thrilled with my attempt to reproduce this experience in our home.

adrienne said...

My all around favorite is still The House at Pooh Corner.

The Things We Carried said...

For children:
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
the Fudge books by Judy Blume
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
The Wise Woman by George MacDonald
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
From the Mixed-Up Files of Ms Basil E. Frankweiler
Teens:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Outsiders by SE Hinton
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Summer of the Monkeys
Adults:
The Chosen by Chaim Potok
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Wuthering Heights
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
The Time Traveler's by Wife Audrey Niffenegger
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Kim Kasch said...

Here's my list

Salem's Lot by Stephen King (All time favorite-for now)
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer (new favorite)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (favorite middle grade)
Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (favorite adult)
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (from long ago)
Suffer The Children by John Saul
All the Oz stories by L. Frank Baum
All of Poe's Stories
The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss's (favorite children's)

(These are my favorites for right now but that could change this weekend-if I finish The Fetch)