Book Blogger Appreciation Week

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Hello! Today marks Day One of #BBAW (book blogger appreciation week) and it’s off to a good start: choosing a mere five books with which to represent ourselves. Thank you, Estella Society! I love a good challenge as much as anyone, so I thought I’d go for it.

Book #1: This Present Darkness by Frank E. Peretti
I read this book when I was 13 and will never forget how it painted such a clear picture of spiritual warfare. This book illustrates my beliefs as a Christian, as well as my appreciation for a gripping story.

Book #2: A book of bees by Sue Hubbell
I am a honeybee enthusiast and this book provides an idyllic portrayal of the life of a beekeeper. It was written in the 1980s, before many of the pests which plague honeybees today came to North America, so it really is an idyll now. But it still encourages me in my dream to one day keep bees.

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Book #3: The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley
This book was thoroughly enjoyable to read because most of it takes place *in* a bookshop. For a bibliophile, that right there was enough to make this book part of the ones which represent me. However, there is the added delight of it being set in the past (actually, it was written in the past – even better), another of the things I love in a book. So this selection sums up nicely my affinity for books and reading about the past.

Book #4: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Another thing about me: I love children’s books. I have all the Berenstein Bears books from before 1990 (what I really learned to read on), the Noddy books, some Bill Peet classics, a select few YA books from the 1950s (Minnow on the Say, Gone-Away Lake, Tom’s Midnight Garden) and most of the books from my childhood (Father Fox’s Penny Rhymes, What’s the Matter With Caruthers? and many, many more). The Phantom Tollbooth warms my heart every time I read it and I think it’s the perfect book to describe that part of me.

Book #5: The Earth Moved by Amy Stewart
Trees, flowers, worms, bugs, animals, I love them all. I’m a softie. When I was young, many rainy days saw me getting to school late because I was saving so many worms from puddles along the way. So this book was not only fascinating (there is more in it than just facts about worms!), but also comforting to know there are others out there who appreciate our subterranean friends.

So there you have it! That sums me up a fair amount. Not completely, of course, but it’s a good start.

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15 thoughts on “Book Blogger Appreciation Week

  1. Oh my goodness, it’s been years since I thought of This Present Darkness. I read it a long time ago and at that time, everyone I went to church with was talking about it. My daughter loved the Berenstain Bear books too. She still has all of them. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much for your comment! Those Berensteins leave an impression, I guess 😉 And so good to hear of another person who’s read This Present Darkness! Maybe I’ll read it again this year..

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  2. Love Frank Peretti! Ted Dekker is on my list and The House which they wrote together is a favorite of mine as well! Loved the Phantom Tollbooth as a child and often reread it. Great list! I added The Haunted Bookshop to my ever-growing list of books to get. Nice to “meet” you!

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    • I’ve read Ted Dekker too, but hadn’t heard of The House, so thank you so much for that! I’ll have to check that one out. I hope you enjoy The Haunted Bookshop! It’s been very nice to ‘meet’ you too! 🙂

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  3. I loved This Present Darkness! So many times, Christian literature cannot compete with contemporary fiction (in my opinion); somehow it ends up sounding syrupy, or trite, but Frank Peretti is a good writer. So glad to know more about you via this post and to have Christian blogging friends.

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