TGIF {8}

August 5th, 2011 TGIF

Thanks to Ginger over at GReads for hosting TGIF.  The weeks have been just flying by and it is hard to believe that summer is winding down and school is getting ready to start!  TGIF has been a fun weekly meme to participate in and I encourage you all to jump in and link up!

This week’s question is:

Taking it Personal: Which books have

effected you on a personal level and lingered in your mind

long after you closed the pages?

I will have to say that many books from my younger years have always lingered in my mind.  To Kill A Mockingbird, Catcher In The Rye, In Cold Blood, Huck Finn, Great Gatsby, all were personal favorites and books that I still reflect on.  I think they had such an effect because they all got me thinking beyond the Walworth County Line.  Living in a small town, growing up relatively poor, the thought of what was out there for me often seemed grim.  While those titles aren’t the YA glamour of today, they allowed me to really dream beyond a factory or hum drum country life.  Each introduced me to a little something different or a different way of thinking.  I have found that sometimes small towns encourage the ‘same way of thinking’.  These titles have stuck with me because I can definitely remember thinking larger after reading them all.  I’ll never forget the first time I stood on the bank of the Mississippi River after I left Wisconsin and joined the Navy.  I vividly remember in my mind saying, “Here’s to ya Huck”…silly, but you never know what a book will do.

Now, to explain In Cold Blood a little.  It was one of my first readings of something horrific like that.  Where I grew up we didn’t have cable and quite frankly nothing ever really happened.  I vividly remember hearing about Adam Walsh on the news and remember how terrifying it was.  It seemed like world’s away, because nothing ever happened in our town.  The story of Adam has stuck with me, it was real, I remember the news.  As a parent it does still come back and haunt me once in a while.  As for In Cold Blood, reading something so horrific allowed me to truly visualize the details.  I felt like I was right there, almost inside their heads.  That book is one of my favorites, probably because I feel like it opened a different level of visualization for me.

Hope you all have a fun weekend!  My baby girl turns 7 on Saturday so we will be all about her :)  Be sure to pop back for a giveaway on Saturday for a signed copy of Hereafter by Tara Hudson!



2 Responses to “TGIF {8}”

  • Reading Romances [ 05Aug11]

    Happy b-day to your baby girl!! My answer was very cliché, but very dear!

    Is there a way I can follow you on twitter??

  • Cici [ 05Aug11]

    Thank you! She is so excited to be 7! I am @cicistheories on twitter!


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