Earlier this year, I wrote a Top Ten Tuesday post about books I wanted to re-read but didn't own anymore. When I was growing up, I was a major book purger. I was constantly cleaning out my shelves and giving books away. Honestly, I'm still a little mad I gave so many away. The day that post went up, my mom dropped by my house with a surprise: she'd bought me all of the books on my list. It was one of the best and sweetest gifts!
Within a few days, I'd added them all to Goodreads. Then, I got a fun email from Estelle from Rather Be Reading proposing an idea: a new feature revisiting some of our favorite books from childhood! I'd been wanting to pair up with Estelle for a while, but we could never think of what exactly we wanted to do together. But as soon as I read her email, I knew it was the perfect fit.
We want to celebrate the books that turned us into readers - the ones we stayed up late reading under the covers, the ones we stuffed in backpacks because we couldn't leave them at home, the ones that immediately make us feel nostalgic for the past, the ones we dogeared, highlighted, memorized and clutched to our chests. It's time to remember what it was like to fall in love with reading! So, today we're introducing:
You Make Me Feel So Young
Each quarter, Estelle and I will be highlighting three books: one joint read that we both loved growing up and then we'll each pick a book for one another - something we loved that the other one hasn't read yet. We'll officially be kicking it off in January, but we wanted to go ahead and introduce all that fun that is to come.
During the months when we aren't publishing a related blog post, you can look forward to other fun things: book-inspired activities, movie adaptation re-watches and more. Be sure to follow us on Twitter to see what we're sharing with #SoRatherBeYoung. We hope it will inspire you to return to some of your childhood favorites... or maybe even try one of ours. And feel free to join us as we take a trip down memory lane!
To celebrate, we're giving away two copies of our first joint read:
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
The 50th Anniversary Edition
This special 50th Anniversary Edition of the classic and ground-breaking coming-of-age novel, Harriet the Spy, includes tributes by Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, Lois Lowry, Rebecca Stead, and many more, as well as a map of Harriet's New York City neighborhood and spy route and original author/editor correspondence.
Using her keen observation skills, 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch writes down in her notebook what she considers the truth about everyone in and around her New York City neighborhood. When she loses track of her notebook, it ends up in the wrong hands, and before she can stop them, her friends read the sometimes awful things she's observed and written about each of them. How can Harriet find a way to keep her integrity and also put her life and her friendships back together?
“I don’t know of a better novel about the costs and rewards of being a truth teller, nor of any book that made more readers of my generation want to become fiction writers. I love the story of Harriet so much I feel as if I lived it.” — Jonathan Franzen, author of Freedom and The Corrections
Don't forget to check out Estelle's post, too!