Wednesday, April 26, 2006

what I'm reading


I had been on a murder mystery/thriller kick in my reading and when I ran out of books and couldn't get to the library, I decided to start a series that I originally collected for my future child, before the baby was even here! I love some of the children's fiction, particularly that which appeals to all different age groups -- Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Borrowers -- those come to mind.

When I was three years old, I learned to read. My mom has no idea how that happened, but she figures it came from her reading to me over and over the same book, the ONLY book I wanted read to me at the time (Peter Pan). When I was 5 and just starting Kindergarten, I remember one day when we went to Printer's Ink bookstore and I picked up The Wizard of Oz and asked my mom if I could have it. She made me read the first page to her to make sure I really COULD read it, and when I could, she bought it for me.

I must have read that book a million times, and watched the movie, too (those flying monkeys still scare the hell out of me). Imagine then my delight when I found out that L. Frank Baum wrote an entire series of Oz books!

I started buying them, and these are really special -- they're printed with the original type-face and drawings, just like they were in the early 1900's. I'm on the third book right now, will finish it tonight.

If you're interested in the series, here's a good link with information:

http://www.greenmanreview.com/frank.baum.oz.html

Every now and then I think it's good to step back and enjoy some of the simpler reading pleasures!

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