Wednesday, March 26, 2014

gone nerdy.

Hello there, daydream believers!

I got to guest post over on the Nerdy Book Club yesterday about the books that made me brave and the lion who makes me want to roar. Here's the link, if you'd like to take a gander:

One of my favorite conversations to have with other booklovers has to do with *the* book. The book that came along when you needed it. The book you swear was written just for you. Maybe Harry was ignored in the cupboard under the stairs at the same time you were ignored in the corner of the cafeteria. Maybe Mia Thermapolos figured out she was royalty around the same time you figured out how to use your voice. Maybe Speak gave you permission to scream. Maybe Where the Wild Things are brought out the wild animal in you. Taught you life was a wild rumpus and you shouldn't let it pass you by. Or perhaps you're a King or Queen of Narnia, too. Maybe you know what it feels like when the roar of a lion rattle your bones a little bit.

Is there a novel that helped you get through a tough situation? A book you read when you were younger that you have never, ever forgotten? Or is there a book that makes you feel in ways you can't describe? I would love to hear about some of your favorite books down in the comments!

I'm going to grab my coffee now and go back to work. Please send snacks. And pictures of cute animals. (Cute animals = puppies, kittens, otters, Hugh Jackman, etc.)


  1. I also have a real connection to the Chronicles of Narnia...I feel like those books have influenced me and my way of thinking more than any others except for the Bible.

    Some other favorites that I really love for one reason or another: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, To Kill a Mockingbird, Ella Enchanted, and Tuck Everlasting. And I think I've mentioned this here before, but when I read Shannon Hale's books of Bayern series all the way through a couple of years ago (before that I had only read the first two), I fell hard for the last book, Forest Born. It took me a while to get into it, and I felt like I didn't know who Rin was and I kept getting frustrated with her. But by the end, I just remember thinking that Rin and I were so similar and I related to her so much (though I'm not sure I can even explain why). Maybe that's why I was so frustrated with her earlier. :)

    As for books that make me feel in ways I can't describe, that would probably be any of Kate DiCamillo's books. I remember sobbing my way through The Tiger Rising, though I don't know why that particular one hit me so hard. (I've only read it once...I'm a little nervous about rereading it, ha. :)

    P.S. Love the reference to Mia Thermopolis. It's been a long time since I've read any of the Princess Diaries books, and I seem to remember that book-Mia and movie-Mia are different. But basically, I *am* movie-Mia. :) I'm so similar to her it's scary (and a bit hilarious).

  2. I'm not sure why I loved it all I know is that I wouldn't be who I am today at all if it wasn't for Artemis Fowl. I read the first Artemis Fowl book when I was twelve years old. I didn't love reading at the time, I didn't even really like it always but for some reason that book just grabbed me. I became obsessed with the story and without those books I never would have found Harry Potter, never would have dreamed of being a writer.
    Again, I have no idea why a book about a young criminal mastermind battling fairies was so wonderful to me, all I know is I owe those books a lot and that they will always be favorites.

  3. The Anne books ( all eight of them!) were “The Books” for me. I read and re-read all of Anne’s adventures, many, many times getting wonderfully lost in her escapades, joys and trials alike. To this day when I meet an Anne, I have to ask them if they spell it with an “e”! (Recently, I met a friend’s friend who not only spelled her name with an “e” but was named after Thee Anne!)

    In other news, I have been following your blog for quite a while, and always read your devotional for Brio/Susie/Sisterhood when I was younger and I think you’re the! I randomly checked your events schedule today and imagine my delight when I saw that you were coming to my little part of Ohio next week! (eeepp!!!!!!)

    And so, I’ll be at the library when you get to introduce Felicity to those of us in Ohio! *happy dance*


  4. I loved reading that post. It brought back so many memories – Narnia was such a huge piece of my childhood. And Anne along with other characters from the PEI. Little Women – I would always imagine I was Jo, sitting in a tree eating apples and rereading favorite books. The Boxcar Children's adventures were so fun to get lost in, especially when my life felt boring and normal.

    I commented on Facebook, as well, but I LOVED A Snicker of Magic. Absolutely loved it. Read it today in one sitting, then was talking to my boss later and he was asking for book suggestions for his sixth grader. You better believe that was the first one out of my mouth!

    Keep writing. Your words are important (a la Felicity Pickle's lesson).

  5. I have loved Beverly Cleary's Ellen Tebbits every since I first read the book in fifth grade. The scene where the girls have the fight in their monkey dresses addresses friendship angst and the difference between families, and I think of it even now, forty years later.

    I'm reading (and studying) A Snicker of Magic.Congratulations on a wonderful book and a gorgeous cover!