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text 2014-07-31 18:00
#BookadayUK - Day 31: The book that reminds you of someone special
Caddie Woodlawn - Carol Ryrie Brink
Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About - Mil Millington

My mother hounded me forever to read Caddie Woodlawn and I wouldn't listen. Finally, I started it and couldn't put it down. Mom never forgets to remind me that she was right about this book...and I can't say a thing. She was completely right.


One of the things LL and I did while in college together was read this hilarious website called Things My Girlfriend and I Have Argued About. We laughed for days. I bought him this book as a gift...though I think I'm the only one whose yet to read the thing. While funny, I find the website funnier. Still a great book and one that always brings back how much fun we had.


I think we need to read this again..."The sink is blue, and we're not talking about it."

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text 2014-07-31 12:04
A Book a Day - Day 31
Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown,Scott Nash,Macky Pamintuan



What do the following books have in common?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator – Roald Dahl
Over Sea, Under Stone – Susan Cooper
My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell
A Candle in Her Room – Ruth M Arthur (am I the only person in the world who knows this book?)
The Phantom Tollbooth – Norman Juster
Five Children and It – E Nesbit

They were all bought by my mum to encourage my sister to read more books. And it wasn’t working.

These were all excellent books, but little sis just wasn’t interested. It wasn’t that she couldn’t read, it was just that she didn’t seem to want to. Then a teacher friend of my mum’s gently suggested that maybe sis was feeling a bit intimidated, and she should try something that was slightly under her reading age. (Mum was used to my rather precocious reading habits and had assumed that my sister would be the same.)

The book recommended by this wise woman was Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. My sister picked it up and read it, and the rest is history. She read it again and again. And kept on reading it. And it wasn't long before she had gained the confidence to move on to other books. Books like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in fact.

Thank you Stanley! Although it did mean I had to return all those books to her shelf because she wanted to read them. Oh, and my dad had to move the cork board above her bed to the other side of the room.

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text 2014-07-31 10:08
#Ukbookaday - Day 31 - Book that reminds of someone special
Window on the Square - Phyllis A. Whitney

This is the book that will always and forever make me think about my mom and my sister.  This is the single book that all three of us have read repeatedly over the years.  I ended up with the family paperback and it is literally in pieces, held together with a rubber band.  Luckily, we all long ago upgraded to hardcover editions.

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text 2014-07-30 20:55
#UKBookaday - Day 30 - Book I discovered on UKBookaday
The Scarlet Pimpernel - Emmuska Orczy

I'm currently on holiday and away from my computer.  I have my iPad and it's working well, but I'm finding it hard to navigate around the different posts, so this one, while accurate, is also a little bit of a cheat, because I'd already decided to look for it before it showed up on the ukbookaday posts.


I thought I'd found a copy today at the FOTL sale, but luckily I looked at it a bit harder: it was a condensed edition.

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text 2014-07-30 17:00
#BookadayUK - Day 30: Book you read or plan to read from #BookadayUK
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness

There have been several great books mentioned and I know a few have made it onto my list. However, several books have also made it on through a couple other books I've read and I honestly can't remember which ones come from where. So in order to get this day's book out on schedule, I'm choosing one that I'd heard of before but posts during the month have convinced me to try it.


A Discovery of Witches sounds incredibly interesting...I've just got to wait for my turn to come up at the library!

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