My life has been a whirlwind lately. I might have my first actual grown-up (if part-time) job, and I’ve got another part-time sort of freelance job that’s an extension of work I’ve been doing for the place I interned in college. And my teaching classes are starting. And my room is clean. And all kinds of exciting grown-up things like that.
But as a product of getting my room clean, my books are all organized! So I know where they all are, except the ones I’m loaning to family members, and those I can only speculate on (and a Pablo Neruda book I’ve loaned to a friend that I might have to poke her about).
Staring at my copious collection of books (not all of which I can see from my desk because it’s overflowing under my desk, onto my chest of drawers, and into my closet) got me to thinking, I haven’t read all of these, actually. Some I’ve started. Some were gifts that got sidelined and never returned to. But I’ve got a plan to remedy that, and I’ve also decided to SHARE MY BOOKSHELF WITH YOU ALL.
Meaning, going through my shelves (and pseudo-shelves) and sharing the ones I’ve read, adding posts about the ones I haven’t as I finish them. And I’m starting on my shelf of tiny books, which is a collection of all the book small enough to fit on my top shelf. I confess, I never finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so that’s on my reading list and I’m starting with Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting!
I read this in elementary school and haven’t reread it since, so if I make a list of books to reread, this will probably be on it. But we read it in class my third grade year, and I absolutely loved it. This was also about the time the film came out, with Alexis Bledel, so I have a copy with her face on the cover.
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, it’s about a girl named Winifred who meets a family that never ages called the Tucks. They live in the woods and get their water from a special spring that has frozen them in the ages when they first drank it. She befriends their sons and grows very close with them, and the story goes from there. Naturally, Winifred falls in love with one of the sons, but don’t think this is just a creepy Twilight-esque relationship. It is tender, child-appropriate, and completely non-abusive!
Most importantly to my memory is a toad who hops in and out of the story. If you can follow the toad, you’ll find yourself amused and maybe even catching on early with certain things.
I confess, I don’t have a lot to say about this story except that if you’re looking for something a grade-schooler can read, this is a really good bet, and the film was really great as well.
I’m hoping to put up another post next week, this one on Jane Eyre, so if that’s a book you’re interested in, stay tuned!