Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

Margaret tagged me!

Seven random facts about reading?

1. As a young child, I loved fairy tales, which my mother often read to me. Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm filled my head with wonderful stories of good versus evil, mans inhumanity to man and logical consequences. Many of the fables and fairy tales were dark and foreboding . . . perhaps the reason I've turned to suspense as an adult.

2. Fast forward to the books I read and treasured as a child. Charlotte's Web tops the list.

3. I read every Nancy Drew published in those days. The Secret of the Old Clock, The Password to Larkspur Lane, The Clue in the Diary . . . the titles bring back memories of Saturday afternoons curled up on the couch when I solved the mystery along with Nancy.

4. What girl didn't love Laura Ingalls Wilder? Even today, I find myself wondering how Laura and her family survived The Long Winter. Remember the cold, their hunger, the tiny fire fueled with . . . am I remembering correctly . . . cow patties?

5. My all-time favorite book? Rebecca by Daphne de Maurier. Receiving the Daphne de Maurier Award for Inspirational Suspense this past July was extra sweet due to my admiration for and love of her work.

6. Edna Ferber was another author who caught my fancy. I read all of her books over summer vacation, probably sometime between fifth and sixth grade.

7. James Michener has always been an author I loved to read. I started with The Source, which I read in high school. Hawaii was another favorite, and his words fill me each time I experience the beauty and culture of the Islands and the Hawaiian people. Other sagas of his that touched me were Centennial and Chesapeake.

8. Although I only needed 7 random facts, I had to mention Exodus by Leon Uris and The Wall by John Hersey, which made the holocaust and the plight of the Jewish people in Nazi Germany during World War II become real to me. We need more holocaust stories today so the world will never forget what happened and so heinous atrocities never occur again.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you'll share your favorite childhood reads!

I'm tagging Mary Connealy, Missy Tippens, Nancy Northcott, Camy Tang, Anna Adams, Walt Mussell and Myra Johnson.

Happy reading! Happy writing!

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti


Abi said...

good tag mine is posted and I have a book giveaway to all who play along. Check it out

Ellen said...

Well I'm one of the odd ones...I never read Laura Ingalls Wilder. But I was a Nancy Drew fan, and also Cherry Ames, Bobbsey Twins, Black Beauty as well as fairy tales and fables.

Debby Giusti said...

Thanks, Abi, for stopping by!

Debby Giusti said...

I loved Black Beauty. Never read Cherry Ames, but I liked the Bobbsey Twins.

I reread Laura Ingalls Wilder to my youngest daughter and loved the stories as much then as when I read them as a girl.

Mary said...

I didn't read The Little House books until I began homeschooling my children. My boys are all grown and still talk about Farmer Boy and the food they ate! I read Nancy Drew, Black Beauty and Pippi Longstocking when I was growing up.