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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My own Top Ten Tuesday

So this Tuesday I find myself moving out of the house my husband, daughter and I have lived in for the last six years (well, four for my daughter) and I'm really too overwhelmed to sit and think of Character Driven Books for this week's list. So instead, I'm making a list of 10 books that I did not give away, sell, or donate when I was cleaning out my bookcases at home.  I know I kept more than just these, but these are the ones that come to mind:

10.  The Chronicles of Narnia

This was the boxed set I made my mom buy me in 3rd grade because my teacher had read the first two out loud to us in class and I HAD to know what happened in the other 5 books. Can't wait until my daughter is old enough to listen to me read them to her.

9. Charlotte's Web

Another book that I got in the 3rd grade for Christmas. My 3rd grade teacher really got me started reading. Her name was Mrs. White and I know she's out there somewhere.

8. Harry Potter #4, 5, 6, 7

I think my Harry Potter #1, 2, and 3 were destroyed when I had them in my classroom library when I was a teacher. Small price to pay if kids are actually reading them. One day I really need to go back and reread the whole series.

7. D Day: June 6, 1944: The Climactic Batter of World War II

I did a special program in college called the Normandy Scholars Program. In the spring of 2001 at the University of Texas at Austin, I took only history courses that were about World War II, and then traveled to France for three weeks with my classmates. I got rid of most of the other books from those classes, but I kept this one because it's a good account of what happened on that very important day.

6. Where the Sidewalk Ends

I had to keep this one - again, for my daughter one day.

5. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay

Again, I need to reread this series to fully appreciate it, and also so I can see the 2nd and 3rd movies.

4. 1984

Have the things that Orwell predicted come to pass? No, but maybe some of them are, especially what Orwell has to say about language and how it's used to influence people. It's worth another read.

3. 5 Ingredient Fix it and Forget it

One of the few cookbooks I own, I figured it couldn't hurt to keep it.

2. Macmillan's Children's Dictionary

I got it as a birthday present in the 2nd grade and still have it. I couldn't get rid of it.

1. I Want My Hat Back

Hilarious children's book I got signed by the author at TLA two years ago. :)

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