Second Time Around

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Writing Prompt: Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

 

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So a few years ago I wrote a blog post about “10 Books That Stayed With Me” And one of the books that I chose was Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing” by  Judy Blume

 

  I was read this book in the 2nd grade, and I remember being really excited when it time for the teacher to read the class a chapter. I honestly believe this is what started my love affair of books. I made sure to read the ENTIRE series.

Not familiar with this book, that’s a same, let me give you a quick rundown courtesy of Wikipedia: :

The book chronicles 9-year-old Peter Hatcher’s infuriation with the horrendous behavior demonstrated by his annoying 2-year-old brother Fudge, which frequently goes unpunished. Peter becomes frustrated with Fudge because he often disturbs Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle which Peter won at his friend’s birthday party. Furthermore, his little brother throws nonstop temper tantrums, conducts an unexplained abstinence from eating, and emulates his brother’s behavior, throwing tantrums if it is prohibited. Nevertheless, their parents dote on Fudge, to Peter’s anger.

For months, Fudge’s antics continue; breaking his front teeth after catapulting himself from the jungle gym at the local playground when he decides to fly (Chapter 4), vandalizing Peter’s group homework assignment (Chapter 7), and taking off on his family at a movie theater (Chapter 9). However, one day, to Peter’s absolute misery, he returns home to discover Dribble’s disappearance from his bowl, Fudge claiming to have swallowed him. These proclamations prove to be correct, and Fudge is rushed to the hospital, where Dribble is safely extracted, to Mrs. Hatcher’s relief. However, Dribble has died in Fudge’s stomach, and no one, especially Fudge, seems to care. Peter is incredibly devastated over the loss of his beloved pet, however his parents sympathetically compensate by adopting a dog, which Peter appropriately names “Turtle” in memory of Dribble.

Okay so now that we have that covered why do I love this book, why do I frequently read this book although it’s clearly a children’s book….. First off, I have so many fond memories associated with this book and that time in my life. Can you image a 2nd  grad Tyra…. who’s last name was easy to spell and life was simple, and there was story time…… story time!!! I remember thinking that Fudge was great, and honestly at the time I couldn’t under stand why Peter was so uptight, he was a big brother to this super –cute (and sometimes annoying younger brother). I should also not that at the time I was still an only child, so my perspective was a lot different..

It wasn’t until I became a big sister to two younger brother that I realize Fudge; excuse me Farley Drexel Hatcher was an asshole (as are most younger brothers) and was really trying Peter’s patience (cause lord knows my brothers tried mine.) About 6 years ago I was taking a stroll into Barnes and Noble and I saw they not only had the book, but the entire series, so naturally I picked it up, and read them all in 2 days. They same feeling that I had the first time I read it came back, there were parts were I  laughed out loud, and there were times when I sympathized with Peter.

I feel like that book spoke to my 9 year old self, that book made it okay for me to be  utterly annoyed with my younger brothers and feel okay about it, Judy Blume, spoke to millions of kids and this book, along with many others sometimes felt like she was speaking directly to me,  As I write this post, there is a since of excitement that overcomes me, as I soon with become an aunt for the first time., and introducing my niece of nephew to the world of Judy Blume and in particular this book will take me back once again to that time in my life, where the biggest battles I faced was whether Peter and Fudge were gonna reign supreme…but it also gives me an excuse to read this book again, this time with an audience.


 

Until Next Time,

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10 Books That Have Stayed With Me

This was something that I saw on Facebook and while I was preparing to do it there I realized that there would be no Friend Makin’ Monday this week…. so I figured why not… let’s just do it on the blog and add a little bit of commentary. Compared to all the other Facebook “games” this one was actually fun since I really enjoy reading… so here goes…

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So the “rules” (as posted on Facebook) are as follows: In your status line, list 10 books that have stayed with you. Don’t take more than a few minutes; don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be great works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag 10 friends, including me, so I’ll see your list……

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – by Pam Adams –  I remember reading and singing this with my mom when I was a little girl, and I remember just loving it and thinking it was the funniest thing in the world…. as an adult I’m thinking the old woman has a serious eating disorder and should have sought treatment, but she died so….

Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing – by  Judy Blume – I was read this book in the 2nd grade, and I remember being really excited when it time for the teacher to read the class a chapter. I honestly believe this is what started my love affair of books. I made sure to read the ENTIRE series

Flowers in the Attic – V.C. Andrews  – My mother was a V.C. Andrews fan, and I swiped the book and read it, looking back now I know I was a bit young to really understand the subject matter BUT I remember being so angry, I didn’t understand how someone could be so cruel to their children

 It – Stephen King – This is the first book that scared be to the point that now every clown I look at is pure evil). Just the idea of this entity preying on young children is enough to freak me out… don’t believe me?images (1) Have you read my post about Nightmare on Elm Street ?

Sense and Sensibility– Jane Austen  – This was the first time I saw myself in a book, from that point on I knew I was Elinor Dashwood) I  read this book at few times a year and watch the movie at least once a month, I’m still pissed at Mr. Willoughby..but he got what he deserved in the end.

Summer Sisters – by Judy Blume  – I read this book while I was in the hospital after receiving my first liver transplant, I remember the doctor coming in and seeing me reading this book and he was shocked… he said as much.  And I remember thinking he was such a freaking prude. What is wrong with a young girl exploring her sexuality? Clearly he was responding to all the hype that was surrounding the book at the time, seriously it wasn’t that scandalous.

Bubbles Unbound–  by Sarah Strohmeyer – Seriously people who doesn’t love the name Bubbles Yablonski? And her mother… holy cow! This series was my very first foray into “Chick Lit Mysteries”  I picked up this book based on the name alone. This book introduced me to not only TastyKakes (at the time they weren’t sold in Wisconsin) and let me to other fabulous authors (and series) like MaryJanice Davidson ( Undead series) and Nancy Martin (Blackbird Sisters series)

The Joy Luck Club – by Amy Tan – I remember seeing the movie first then I read the book, even now I still think this is one  the best books that honestly looks at mother daughter relationships and how they shape you.

American Wife – by Curtis Sittenfeld  Alice Lindgren = Laura Bush? You Decide….

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – This was the first book that I read that talked about the injustices in the world, it’s still relevant today.mockingbird

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote –  It’s strange (at least to me ) that I choose two books that were written by childhood friends (who also helped him with this book). In Cold Blood was my very first True Crime book that I wrote, and granted I read this book when I was really young (probably not a good idea… but you can’t stop a  girl with a valid library card) and I just remember it scaring the crap out of me, it was really difficult for me to understand how someone could do that.

What books have shaped you and your views?

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