Dec 142011
 
As part of the awesomeness that is the Winter Holiday Book Blogger Exchange, not only did I exchange books with Paul from Scoops Mental Propaganda, I also am hosting a guest post by him as well. We chose to do matching guest books highlighting our favourite books from various times in our lives. Once you read his book choices, be sure to stop by his blog to check out my choices. Take it away Paul…

Hello everyone! I would first off like to thank Sarah for this opportunity to guest post here, all part of the Winter Holiday Book Blogger Exchange. I’ve had a great time anxiously trying to catch up with her, as Sarah has been five steps ahead of me all along the way! So, here is the next part, my post about the favourite books from different stages of my existence.

Kid: 
I don’t remember too many of the books I read as a small fry, but I do recall two books from when I was 10 years old.

I was immediately hooked by Gordon Korman, the Canadian author who created the Bruno and Boots series. This Can’t Be Happening At MacDonald Hall was his first book and the first one I consumed. Thus begat my long time love of Korman, and my long time love of books.

Around that same time I discovered The Great Escape. Paul Brickhill’s true life adventure from World War II was a story that also sparked my life long quest for historical knowledge. And the movie should be taken with a grain of salt. Hollywood, sigh.

Teen: 

My teen years were filled with tons and tons of reading pleasure. And during this time I discovered Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin, another historical true life story. Much of my current views on life were formed by this book. Hollywood actually produced an excellent movie version as well.

My last year in high school had me find the best philosophy book ever made. Part journey with father and son, part a man coming to terms with himself, part intellectual trip, and an all engrossing involving adventure. Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig is one of the few books I have read multiple times, always getting something new each trip.

Today: 
Unfortunately my reading intake lessened in my twenties and the start of my thirties. It’s not that I did not read, I did, but to a smaller extant, and with fewer books sticking with me.

During these past couple of years, I finally read To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This story is undescribable. A child growing up during the depression bearing witness to a horrendous injustice her father is trying to prevent. This is an undisputed classic that I shamefully had not read before. Gregory Peck is brilliant in the movie version. Just go and read this right now.

Shortly after that book came The Diary Of Anne Frank into my life. The tragedy of this story will make you cry, as Anne and her thoughts and feelings flow into you. Another book I am ashamed to have not experienced earlier.

Since I have started my blog six months ago, my readings have picked up. Thanks to multiple suggestions I have consumed The Hunger Games Trilogy (YES!!!!) and have totally geeked out on them. I have over 100 books on my shelves downstairs awaiting me, from all sorts of genres. What the new year will bring is anyone’s guess, but I am eager for it. And Sarah is braver then I, since she is embracing the e-book wholeheartedly.

Six books covering 40 years. All beloved stories from my past that built me into the person I am today. Thank you Gwenythlove for doing this and for introducing me to Sarah, whom I am in awe of because of Goodreads (!). This has been a fun and fascinating experience!

He only says this because his Goodreads wishlist is only 53 books (mine is currently at 273 books), and he only created it this past week, after I expressed my shock that he didn’t have one for me to choose a book from to send to him. But regardless, thanks so much for playing the book exchange game with me, Paul, it was lots of fun!

Want to know what books we exchanged? If you missed it in my Sunday In My Mailbox post, I got The Witch’s Daughter by Paula Brackston. I sent Paul The Hunger Games Companion by Lois H Gresh, which he hopefully got yesterday, otherwise I just ruined the surprise.

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