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A Passion for Reading

Sisterly Musings - A Passion for Reading

Once again, I dared to dive into the minds of my sisters with a few probing questions—this time centered around their literary tastes. They didn't hold back, and I, in my usual fashion, refrained from imposing strict rules (well, mostly). Let's explore their favorite books, authors, and the undying love for reading in this post.

Question 1: What were your favorite books or book series as a child?

Brenda:  Ah, the classics that shaped my early years—Heidi and Three Billy Goats Gruff. Heidi, penned by the Swiss marvel Johanna Spyri, took me on mountainous adventures with a spirited little girl and her grandpa. And who could forget the Three Billy Goats Gruff, that Norwegian gem woven into the fabric of our childhood tales?

Pam:  Madeline swept me away to Parisian charm, while Eloise Wilkin's My Goodnight Book was all sweetness and board book delight. And of course, The Monster at the End of This Book—Grover from Sesame Street had me hooked!

Teresa:  Dr. Seuss's whimsical One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and the captivating Island of the Blue Dolphins with its fierce heroine were among my cherished reads.

Lavonne:  Dr. Seuss and Little Golden Books were my childhood staples, alongside the beloved Bobbsey Twins series that fueled my adventures at our local library.

Question 2: What were your go-to books or series as a pre-teen/teen?

Brenda:  Books? Seventeen magazine was my go to—I had to stay in the loop!

Pam:  Judy Blume was my guru, and Nancy Drew became my partner in solving mysteries.

Teresa:  P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern stole my heart—a whirlwind of Irish charm.

Lavonne: Magazines ruled my teen days, but the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries were my secret obsession as a pre-teen. In high school, I dabbled in classics like Romeo & Juliet and modern gems like The Catcher in the Rye.

Question 3: What are your favorite books or series as adults?

Brenda:  These days, I'm drawn to historical and Amish novels, with Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train leaving a lasting impression.

Pam:  My taste in adulthood gravitates towards book club favorites—The Red Tent, Water for Elephants, Kite Runner, and more. They've got to hook me from page one though!

Teresa:  Give me The Stephanie Plum Series or The Discovery of Witches—crime fiction and historical fantasy with strong female leads, please!

Lavonne:  From timeless classics like Gone With the Wind and The Alchemist to modern hits like The Night Circus and The Women, I devour them all.

Question 4: Do you have a love for reading, and did your kids inherit it?

Brenda:  Reading's my escape, and my boys have caught the bug—especially for educational books.

Pam:  I'm a certified bookworm, and my daughter Madison has inherited the reading gene. Lily caught the bug during COVID—books for everyone!

Teresa:  I love to read! Reading's a family affair in my household. My daughters are avid readers, and even my son dives into books that pique his interest. When they were small, I read to them nightly.

Lavonne:  Book clubs keep me on track and up-to -date with current literature.  I read classic and current picture books to my grandsons and they appreciate the magic of storytelling.  My kids, Chip and Chelsea, are readers of current literature.

We believe reading is contagious—if one parent's hooked, the kids catch the bug too—although that’s not exactly scientific research. Our mom, a romantic novel aficionado, passed down her bookish passion to us.  We joke that she and her neighbor must have formed the Barbara Cartland fan club.  Dad? Well, he stuck to the sports page as we remember it.

We're big on gifting books for baby showers and children's birthdays. My all-time favorite for these occasions—Oh, the Places You'll Go.  And hey, check out our website for some gnome-tastic adventures.  They may become your new favorite book gifts! 😉  

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