After my Mockingjay reading marathon, I find myself struggling once again to start/finish anything. I’m in the middle of two books, both of which are obligation reads, and while I’ve no doubt I will finish them, it just might not be too soon. Or, you know, before I have to. Not wanting things to go dark on the blog front, I’ll continue to post things like this: The 55 Question Meme, which I originally saw on and snagged from A Work in Progress. My goal is not to repeat myself or duplicate answers given to similar questions answered here before.
1. Favorite childhood book?
If the question were: Which book from your childhood stands in your earliest memory? Or: What was the first book you remember falling in love with? I’d be able to answer without hesitation: The Polar Express by Van Allsburg. My little self pulled that book off the library shelf and was quite literally enraptured with it. It wasn’t so much the story as the illustrations, see. The two page spread with the wolves running from the forest and alongside the train? I must have stared at it for hours.
But as for favorite – an impossible thing to ascertain, as we all know – I’d say maybe The Phantom Tollbooth. Or The Indian in the Cupboard.¹ I was also a big fan of Martin’s Babysitter Club series. Dawn was my girl; to this day, I’m not certain why.
¹My enjoyment of this book predates any of the controversy that later stirred up. I just thought it was neat that a toy could come to life, and snuck a few of my own in the cabinet behind our bathroom mirror to see if I had the same luck. Alas…