Sometimes in all the noise and chaos and public displays of idiocy and public displays of Why Would You Argue About This On Facebook, you stumble across something lovely on the internet. I love it when that happens. Currently I go most often to Pinterest for this possibility. There are pretty things there. And that’s where I found this beautiful idea by Scholastic called Bookprints.
It’s like a fingerprint, only with words. In Scholastic’s own definition:
A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become. You are what you read.
As you can imagine, I’ve been busy ever since, trying to capture my own bookprint correctly. Thanks to Sarah Jessica Parker and several others whose bookprints I perused, I definitely need to read one book again before I finalize (and laminate) my own bookprint. Do you remember From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler? I think there’s a chance this book forever shaped me, because I’ve never forgotten its basic premise (children run away and LIVE in the Metropolitan Museum of Art!), but I’ll have to read it again now. Because I’ve never forgotten being completely drawn into it, but I have sort of forgotten it.
Anyway, since I’m not quite through with the important task of finalizing my bookprint, I thought I would share a couple books I’ve read lately that you might like as well.
This is THE WILDER LIFE by Wendy McClure. You may know (and yet, you probably don’t…) that I am attempting to write a novel that pays homage to my own favorite author and childhood book series, which drew me to this story about a young woman exploring her fascination with the Little House books. And that’s what I loved most about it: She explored her fascination. Yes, she learned to churn butter, and she visited all the Little House sites in the tri-state area. But in the meantime, she learned so much about why she couldn’t let go of these beloved books in the first place. I, who prefer my Little House on the Prairie in the form of a 1970’s TV show, loved this book, and I think you might too. “We were a girl named Laura…” Oy, that line! BRILLIANCE.
And this, is pure magic. I love this book both because it is loveable, and because the author’s mission statement, so to speak, makes me want to consume all her books with a spoon. “I write.” Erin Morgenstern says on her website. “Fantastical, fairy tale-esque things with magic and mystery and tea.” This book, THE NIGHT CIRCUS, is about a circus that only appears at night. It is also about magic and rivalry and love, and it has delicious, imaginative things and a delicious, imaginative plot. And it is officially on the list of books I highly recommend. (I always think I’m going to post a list like this on my blog, but you have to understand: It’s very hard for me to play favorites with my friends. And by friends, I mean books.)
What about you? Have you read anything particularly delicious lately?