Saturday, February 8, 2014

Top 100 Books

You may have heard the buzz that Amazon has posted 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime.  Since I've been reading quite a bit during these cold weather "Winter Blues", I was very curious about the list.  I love that there are children's books included!  Several of their recommended titles have been read, a few I own.  Some of my favorites, alas, are missing!

Here is what I'd like to add to their "must read" list!

Harry, the Dirty Dog

Before I could read, I remember enjoying "Harry the Dirty Dog".

What is it with me and speckled dogs?  Ivan looks like Harry!

In early elementary school, I loved Carolyn Haywood's stories about Betsy.  My very first chapter book EVER was "B is for Betsy".  I felt so grown up reading chapter books!

Carolyn Haywood
Carolyn Haywood

In later elementary years, "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" by Dodie Smith was read over and over!  Hmmm...  more Dogs with Spots!  Do you know what Dodie named the dogs?  The movie only got some of the names correct.

Dodie Smith
Dodie Smith

In Junior High, I think I read everything Louisa May Alcott had written.  You may remember this quote from her, "She is too fond of books and it has addled her brain".

Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott

I am surprised William Shakespeare isn't on the Amazon list.  Perhaps plays were not considered?  'Not sure.  My Senior English teacher made us memorize Shakespeare.  I can still remember quite a bit of it!  Does anyone else recall in "Julius Caesar", Cassius saying, "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves."   Wise words.
 
As a young mother, I must have read "Honey Rabbit" and "Teddy's Toys" thousands of times. 

 
My children also liked Dr. Seuss and Mercer Mayer's series about "Little Critter".

This year my Top Picks would be:

1.  The Girls of Atomic City - Click HERE for my review
2.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - review coming soon

This is been fun cruising thru my life's favorite books so far!  If you were going to make a list of "must read" authors or books, what would they be?

;-)  -Marci

8 comments:

  1. I've read all my life but can't remember a favourite book, I like them all if I don't I just don't finish them.
    Merle.............

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  2. Harry the Dirty Dog was a favourite with my kids when they were growing up.

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  3. I loved this post!
    I just finished writing a post on How to Raise a Clever Reader (http://onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers.com/2014/02/22/to-the-uneducated-an-a-is-just-three-sticks-or-how-to-raise-a-clever-reader/) so seeing this on Mostly Homemade Mondays made me smile. :)
    I guess if I absolutely HAD to pick a favorite book of all time it would be Winnie-the-Pooh... or maybe Harry Potter.
    But I remember being a BIG fan of Harry the Dirty Dog, too! :)
    Happy Reading!
    ~ Christine @ Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

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  4. Thanks for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Debi and Charly

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  5. I was scrolling through the links at The Dedicated House link party and recognized the book. Teddy's Toys! How many times did we share that story? Where's our copy of this book? My son is 28 now, but I remember Teddy's Toys lovingly. Thanks for sharing. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

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  6. I have to get 100 and One Dalmations for my littles. They're obsessed with the movie and I know they'd love the book! Thanks for sharing your favorites and thanks for linking up with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! I hope you hop over again next week.

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  7. I have to get 100 and One Dalmations for my littles. They're obsessed with the movie and I know they'd love the book for bedtime! Thanks for sharing your favs and thanks for linking up with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday! I hope you hop over again next week.

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  8. It is very generous for you to share with us your favorite books...While everyone may have in their heart their own favorite books, i am sure your lists will give them to do some reassessment..

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