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Ten Books

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Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them

Eyyy I got tagged in this by guestsemiconductor like a month ago but I moved and then man probz happened so hi here it is.

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Apparently I was tagged in this by swimtwobirds, and didn’t realize it until now when I actually have a computer to look at my activity on. 

I am a firm believer in the importance of the books we read as children, so with that believe and the fifth grade girls I teach in mind, most of these will be from childhood. 

1. Dune by Frank Herbert

One of my teammates asked me if I had ever read Dune the other week and I nearly lost my shit. I read Dune in the third grade, it was probably the first real science fiction novel I had ever read and I was hooked. 

2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I read Little Women at least once a year for the majority of my childhood. I still cry every time when Beth dies and Jo March has been my strong independent woman icon since childhood. While Louisa May Alcott may have resented writing books for girls, I hope the legacy left by Little Woman would have pacified that resentment. 

3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery 

I got Anne of Green Gables in my stocking when I was about 8 or 9 for Christmas. I didn’t read it for months, till I picked it up while I was avoiding cleaning my room. I was hooked, had my mom get me the rest the following year. Little Women is about the importance of family but Anne of Green Gables is about the importance of the family you create. 

4. The Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

I met one of my oldest and best friends through this series. I asked her one day in the sixth grade what she was reading. Alanna made us all want to be badass lady knights. 

5. Harry Potter by JK Rowling

The book that brought back literacy. My entire generation is defined by the successes of this series. Midnight releases, premieres, Wizard Rock concerts, and a deep seeded hope for the powers of good are all owed to a little boy with broken glasses who lived under the stairs of 4 Privet Drive. 

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Just a stunningly beautiful little book about hope, love, family and the strengths we can find in being different. Meg Murray makes smart, insecure little girls feel less out of place.

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I fully read Jane Eyre as an adult. Today it is probably one of, if not my absolute favorite book. Jane is unrelentingly true to herself. Despite all her hardships, her ups and her downs, she remains Jane. Not even the love of her life can make her betray herself and her values. Rochester can only be with Jane once he has been humbled and she has become truly independent and self-sufficient. 

8. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene 

If it isn’t already obvious, I love books about girls who get things done. My copies of Nancy Drew were passed down to me from my mother, so I have a special fondness for them. 

9. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

When I started The Catcher in the Rye, I was assigned the first two chapters, I finished the book in one sitting. Holden Caulfield certainly wasn’t a super relatable narrator for me. I was not and never have been a rich teenage boy, wandering around Manhattan after being kicked out of prep school. However, rarely has someone captured the horrible angst, confusion and terror associated with the emerging adolescent consciousness of how much bullshit there is in this world as JD Salinger. 

10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I was having a hard time thinking of another book for this list, when this one popped into my head. You do not know the importance of friendship and imagination or the power of a book to win your heart until you have read Bridge to Terabithia 

I just felt like doing this, I am not tagging anyone. Should anyone feel so inclined though, feel free to participate.