I was supposed to read this two months ago for my sister’s online book club but I didn’t get to it (for a number of reasons). I’ve got some time right now and I needed to take a break from Russell Kirkpatrick’s In the Earth Abides the Flame.
I’m not one of those people who remembers every last thing from childhood. I remember the highlights mostly and this book is one of the highlights. I remember being five, my sister was three, and being tucked under these bright coverlets that were a tropical floral pattern on one side and orange plush on the other while my mom read us pages from The Hobbit before bedtime. Only one other book stands out from that time (Jean Conder Soule’s Never Tease a Weasel) but this book made a lifelong impression that has informed my reading choices throughout my lifetime. Every story I truly enjoy has to have some element of the fantastical about it. If it doesn’t, it usually doesn’t satisfy.
So, I’m going back to my roots and reading this literary classic again. Happy hump day… the weekend is actively beckoning now. 🙂
My sis wanted me to get this book for her when I was working at the book distributor but we literally ran out the day she asked me. I was disappointed, she was disappointed and our plan to read the book together was foiled.
In the meantime I moved to Charlotte. She moved from an apartment to a house… and we still hadn’t laid hands on copies of the book.
Until last week.
My crazy, wonderful sister bought me a copy to (along with the Vanity Fair with RPattz on the cover…) and mailed it to me along with some other goodies (Kings of Leon, Paramore, and NKOTB discs). We’re going to read a 142 pages a week for three weeks, discussing as we read via text, twitter and phone calls. Then when the movie comes out later this month, we’ll see that (in our respective cities) as well.
Yesterday she suggested that we reread The Three Musketeers, which we read to each other when we were roommates and she was preggers with my now 15 year old (!) nephew. I think it’s a good idea. And there is a new movie for that one too.
I think I’m going to call this the Sisters Long Distance Book Club… or not.