September 22nd is Elephant Appreciation Day, and since an elephant never forgets, I thought this might be a great opportunity to share those books we’ll never forget.
Everyone has at least one. They aren’t necessarily the best books ever written. They aren’t necessarily the deepest or the most popular. But they’re books that made an indelible mark on us in some way, the ones that we thought about for days after we finished reading them- ones that we’ve read more than once- the ones that we recommend because they are dear to our hearts and we want them to be near and dear to someone else’s heart, too. So here’s my list, and I hope in the comments you’ll add a few of yours.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Kid’s stuff, I hear you say, but the relationships in this book are complex, and it was only after rereading it as a young adult that I truly understood the depth of Mr. Craven’s heartache and the loneliness of his son, Colin. The wisdom of Ben Weatherstaff was lost on me as a kid, as it was often lost on Mary, but as a young adult I saw it in a whole new light. Dickon’s gentleness and love of all creatures is just as enchanting as it ever was. I still have my first copy of this on my book shelf at home- the front cover is torn and the spine is almost illegible due to the creases left from my repeated re-readings. This one’s a classic for a reason!