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Happy World Book Day!

World Book Day

I hadn’t realized that there was such a thing, but today is World Book Day.  I think it’s fabulous that such a thing exists, because reading can enrich life so much.

I was a voracious reader as a kid.  The weekly book reviews I do here on the blog are great for prompting me to keep up with regular reading.

While it’s great to read new books, there are also a few favourites that I come back to over and over and over again.

book cover: Anne of the Island

I still have my original copy that my Great Aunt Lou gave me when I was a kid.  It’s falling apart and held together with masking tape, but I’ve still got it.  This book follows Anne of Green Gables to college, which seemed all very grown up when I was reading it as a kid.

book cover: These Happy Golden Years

In These Happy Golden Years, Laura Ingalls of Little House on the Prairie falls in love with and marries Almanzo Wilder.  Another all very grown up seeming book.  Their romance as portrayed in the book is very much G-rated, but it’s awfully sweet.

book cover: Pride and Prejudice

I didn’t discover Pride and Prejudice until I was an adult but I quickly fell in love with it and the feisty Elizabeth Bennet.

book cover: A Tale of Two Cities

Dickens isn’t exactly easy reading, but A Tale of Two Cities really captured my heart.  There’s a fascinating array of characters, and an act of love and selflessness that brings tears to my eyes every time.

Do you have any books that you just keep on coming back to?

39 thoughts on “Happy World Book Day!”

  1. I love reading blog post and making them… but I hope to have a book written by the end of the year simply because of how intriguing it is to read a book and then find out on how much work goes into one

  2. Yayyy! I didn’t know, but I have a book review post coming right up! I love books too 😍

    I do have favorites, but with limited time I’ve been reading only new books these days 🙂

  3. The Color Purple is one of my favorites and I’m also a memoir junkie (just finished The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis). I will add Pride and Prejudice to my Audible wishlist.

      1. There’s a good emphasis on mental health in Lewis’ book. I love that a black woman talks about her bipolar, as Mental health issues are still very taboo in the black community

      2. Gave Pride and Prejudice my 1 chapter test. Not my cup of tea, but I can see why it’s a classic.

  4. I’m sort of braindead from helping out my mother, but I too read the first three Anne books repeatedly. And that’s my fave book about Laura!! But you’d probably have to pay me to read A Tale of Two Cities. It sounds intimidating and academic!! Yikes.

    As a kid, I read and reread Scholastic paperbacks!! The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright was my favorite! Total tearjerker.

  5. Fun stuff. We just finished _how to set yourself on fire_ a novel about a woman with multiple disorders. She clearly has PTSD and attachment concerns from parental abandonment. She has raging OCD (which manifests in stalking behavior among other compulsions) and what we might call mania. While there is some intrigue and sex, the story is mostly a character study of Sheila. Her 12-year-old friend Torrey is too even-keeled to be realistic to us, and she is adorable. The book is 4.5/5 for us.

    We are usually reading between 3-5 books concurrently. The me’s can cast a wide net. We’re usually slow. Non-fiction/self-help takes us 5-6 months per book. We like to sip our fiction.

    Our all-time favorites that we can think of now are To Kill a mockingbird, Frankenstein, jane eyre, lord of the flies, to the lighthouse, how to stop time, the color purple

  6. A Tale Of Two Cities in high school has always stuck with me, but I haven’t read it since. Ditto, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, which I really should read again. More than any are my childhood favorites: the original Curious George, My Dog Spot, and Stone Soup. Also, And Then There Were None. Everything by Hemingway. I’ll stop now 😎

  7. Reading is my absolute favorite and if it not a blog then it has to be a good’ol paper back book 📖 A few favorites of mine are Narnia, The Princess Bride, A wrinkle in time, The great Gatsby, and my all time favorite The Wizard of Oz and Wicked… I could go on but I better stop 😂

  8. I haven’t red any of your favorites, they seem rather difficult to me. I’m trying to remember any of my favorite books but I can’t. I do know that I loved ‘The Little Prince’ as a child.
    I think it is really great that there is a world book day too 🙂

    1. I still don’t remember my favorite book but my favorite author came to mind: Paul Auster. I can lose myself in his books, they are just wonderful. Always makes you wonder what is real and what is not and what’s autobiography and what not. Mostly he writes about an author. So sometimes there is a book in a book, which is totally relaxing to me.

  9. Oh Ashley, I love Anne of Green Gables and all the books that followed. Have you watched ‘Anne with an E’ on Netflix. 3 series long and it’s a must! Personally I also loved ‘Little Women’ …

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