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………..

Sheri um,no,mySockapaloozaPal’ssocksaren’tdoneyet.Harryisgettinginthewayofeverything.


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418 comments on “Harry and a CONTEST!

  1. Given one, absolutely only ONE favorite book ever…? The Hobbit. Hands down, no question. I can read it over and over and over and fall head over heels into another world every time. Fabulous.

  2. Although I have dozens and dozens of books on my “to-be-read” book case, I still made a long list of books to look for after reading the many excellent responses so far!

    I love so many of the classics, but instead of listing those, I will submit a few recent titles that I highly recommend:

    Life of Pi (Yann Martel), Waiting for Snow in Havana (Carlos Eire); MIddlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides), and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Jonathan Safran Foer).

    I have given away my original copies of Life of Pi and Extremely Loud…because I just had to pass them on to someone else; they are that good, so original, so well-written, so thought-provoking.

  3. My favorite book as a child was “Good Morning, Chick” by Mirra Ginsburg and Byron Barton.
    I would have to say my favorite books right now are anything by Terry Prachett especially, “Going Postal”.

  4. I have several books that I consider must haves. Here are three of my absolute favorites:
    Prodical Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
    The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
    The Giver – Lois Lowrey
    Happy summer reading everyone!

  5. I had a hard time choosing a fav book. Well, an adult book but I think I have to go with The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmerman Bradley. In essence, the story of King Arthur told from the women’s perspective. I had a boyfriend that everytime I got it out he called it the needlework book because he thought the women are constantly talking over their needlework! I don’t think it was constant but just a healthy amount of fibre for a mythic tale.

    For a childrens’ book, hands down, There Is A Monster At the End of This Book by Jon Stone. No one can top Grover!

  6. My favorite books are the Harry Potter series and Book 7 is my favorite of them all! We always go to the midnight releases (DH, his mom, and several friends). This time around, we were both done with the book on Saturday – DH earlier than me cause I decided to get a full night’s sleep.

    I also just finished reading the Phillip Pullman His Dark Materials trilogy which I enjoyed, but definiteyly not as good as HP.

  7. Wow, look at all these comments!
    Under the influence of seeing the photos of your childhood books, the first ‘favorite books’ that came to mind are my old Raggedy Ann books, which had wonderful artwork. But then, just browsing a few of the comments, I was reminded of the books I read over and over again as an older child: Lord of the Rings, Phantom Tollbooth, Little Women and sequels, Watership Down, Wrinkle in Time series, Jane Austen, Kim by Rudyard Kipling. These were all ones I went back to time and time again and found something new each time.

  8. Hello,

    This is my first time in your blog. I came from wendyknits.net.

    As far as a favorite childhood book, well, I don’t know the name of it. My grandmother used to read to me when I was a child. She always used this old, old, ratty, falling apart, small book. It had short stories, which I got to know by heart. I still loved to hear my grandma read the stories again and again. We’d pick a different one each day. The stories had a moral behind them, e.g., it’s better to be kind, patient and polite than rude. I believe this book formed my character as much as the real life examples I witnessed.

    Thank you for the oportunity to remember these moments. Of course, thank you for the chance at winning a gift from you. :)

    Take care,

    Rosane.

  9. I liked anything sesame street growing up. The Monster at the End of this Book is a good one for sure. My son’s favorite now is Curious George’s Opposites… simple book really, but the words are new to him so this is why he likes it so much.

  10. My favorite from childhood that I still read is Pride & Prejudice, although my continued attachment probably has something to do with the Mr. Darcy from the BBC miniseries.

    That I’ve read recently–probably Underground by Haruki Murakami. He’s mainly a novelist, but this is a great book about the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway in the 90s.

  11. Oh Boy, books my other passion! Over all I have to say my favorite is the Bible, I always get something new out of it. But as a kid my favorites were “Mine’s the Best” and “But no Elephants” I’ve saved them both and have read them to every child I’ve known :o)

  12. Lurker here! But, I also just discovered the Looyp Ewe, so I don’t feel too bad commenting for a contest.

    So many good books, so many already listed. I’ll throw a few in that I haven’t seen yet (just skimming through the bizillion comments):

    Ender’s Game (this one in particular, but the whole series)
    The Clan of the Cave Bear series
    Sherlock Holmes stories

    authors in general: Amy Tan, Barabara Kingsolver, William Gibson, Nick Hornby

  13. I loved many, many books mentioned here already. As a younger child I enjoyed anything that fed my daydreams about taming wild horses that only I could ride, having a brave Collie dog, and books about large families. I was already in one of those big families but wanted another one. : ) So, Black Stallion, Lad a Dog, The Happy Hollisters, Cheaper by the Dozen were some of my childhood favorites. As an older child, I loved To Kill a Mockingbird (Atticus reminded me of my father) and The Diary of Anne Frank.

    One of my favorite novels as an adult is A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and the book I’m reading right now, The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani, will undoubtedly be one of my top 10 this year. It’s about a young girl in 17th Century Iran learning to be a rug knotter. It’s a fiber lover’s type of book.

  14. I had so many “favorites” as a child. I have always been a big reader. One book I remember fondly is The Toothpaste Millionaire. I checked it out so many times in the 4th grade I practically had it memorized. Then during Children’s Lit class in college (I was an Elementary Ed major as well!) I tried to find it for a project. No go…as a matter of fact no one had even heard of it.

    I was so excited when I found it in a homeschooling catalog. Needless to say, I snatched it up and am looking forward to sharing it with my boys this year.

    As an adult, I love British authors….one favorite series is by Miss Read. Another author I enjoy is Wodehouse. Then of course there is the venerable Miss Austen!

  15. Fantasy is my personal fave, but if I had to pick one, The Ordinary Princess is a book I will always pick up and read. I think it was recently republished, but a few years ago I had to search heaven and earth for it:) Every girl needs this book. Amy turns out to have a happier life because she is ordinary.

  16. My two favorite adult books of the last few years are The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond, and The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin. Both are novels and are really compelling and hard to put down. My favorite teenage books were My Antonia and Seventeenth Summer. I remember loving The Bobbsey Twins and Little Women when I was a kid.

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