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Books That Bond

Posted on: December 4, 2011

Those of us who love to read are bonded by the written word. Of course the act of reading is magical all on its own; after all, stepping into a fictional world and experiencing a riveting story is even better than a vegan chocolate cupcake. (For those who don’t personally know me, vegan cupcakes are my reference point for all that is good in the world).  And,  non-fiction books can be just as compelling as fiction, giving us insights and expanding us as individuals on a myriad of topics.  But, the whole reading experience is further enhanced by sharing the feelings and information we glean from our books, which is how they bond us with one another and one of the reasons my favorite gift to both give and receive is a book. It’s just so much more enriching when you can trade thoughts about the same text. Sometimes the other readers will agree with you and other times they won’t. Either way, it doesn’t the matter. The point is that you have a common experience; you have bonded over a book.

Over my life, I have given and received dozens of books. My favorite book that I was given as a child was From the Mixed- Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konisburg. My mom gave me this book when I was in third or fourth grade,  just when I was starting to think of myself as having a separate identity from my family. I remember reading it over and over again. I was entranced by the protagonist, Claudia, for having the nerve to run away from home and live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. How cool that an 11-year-old could take her own life into her hands like that! Thankfully, I never had a need or desire to run away from home, but reading about a young girl who did run away empowered me. A lightbulb went off in my head and I realized that even kids could make choices for themselves. And, if those choices don’t always happen to be the best choices, it isn’t the end of the world, because you can always go back home.

Because of the power the written word has over me, I have always loved sharing books with my loved ones. In fact, when all my friends and relatives had babies I was never one to give cutesy outfits or burping cloths. Nope, baskets of Sandra Boynton board books would be forthcoming from “Auntie Sandy” upon the birth of a baby. It’s never too early to start that bonding over books. Just try not giggling as you say the words, “Moo, Baa, La, La, La!”

So, in the spirit of bonding over books this holiday season, I am participating in a BOOK BLOG HOP. What this means is that a bunch of us authors for young adults have gotten together to share our favorite books with the readers of our blogs as well as our local library or non-profit organization. I will be giving away a copy of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill to the person who writes what I deem to be the best answer to the question, what would you do if you had a windfall of a million dollars? Just post your entry by December 31st in the comment section of this blog and I will choose my favorite and mail it (the book-not a million dollars, sorry!) off to you in time for you to start making your millions in 2012! I have found Think and Grow Rich to be absolutely fascinating in that Andrew Carnegie commissioned Napoleon Hill to interview hundreds of successful people to find out how they made their millions. The answers may just surprise you!

As for the book I will be donating to a local group, I will be giving a copy of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to Cabrini Green Tutoring Project in Chicago. This is a wonderful organization that provides tutoring to underserved children. http://www.cabrinigreentutoring.org/

But the fun and book bonding don’t stop here! There are dozens of other authors doing book giveaways from December 4-31st! Go check out their contests as well:

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10 Responses to "Books That Bond"

The first book I remember loving was Stuart Little. It was an adventure I couldn’t put down. The impact of the ending where he heads off to find Margalo still sticks with me.

Another great read! Thanks for sharing, Perry!

What a great thing to do…

To answer your question … I would use the million as “seed money,” look for matching donors, and raise many more millions to build some new animal shelters in Chicago. I would work closely with Chicago Animal Care and Control to save as many lives as possible. I also would raise matching funds to activate spay/neuter vans, where animals would receive immunizations and health care. Just my little plans… 🙂

Not so little, Jennifer! Thanks for posting!

The first book I remember was a bout 12 unwanted children and how they were adopted. I dont remember the title, but I will always remember how caring the parents were to adopt that many children.
A million dollars?? Well I would first , pay off some bills and some of my daughters then as usual I would put the rest in the bank. I figure around 500, 000 Now I would take the interest and start a prgram that would pay a officer to go around Chicago especially at risk districts and make sure the animals are taken care of. The officer would make sure that there are no dogs left outside in the cold, that they have proper shelter( heated house) and food and water. I feel this can prevent alot of abuse and . and its a lot better than waiting for neighbor to call. I would also put up around 100.000.00 in a non for profit fund to keep a program like that going. It would be two positions, one during the day and one at night. It would be a second job for whomever wanted to do it. This could be done under Animal Control Officer.
feni

Nice, Feni! Thanks for playing!

What would I do with a million dollars ? there are so many causes that I would love to give to, also my children, it would go really fast !!!

Indeed it would! Thanks, Mom!

I’d set up a trust fund with part of it to send my nieces and nephew through collage. Then i’d use part of it to travel.

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