One of the things I enjoy about social media, especially Facebook, are the lists it occasionally asks you to ponder. Your favorite albums of all times, the songs that had the greatest influence on your life, etc. This week it's about novels:
In your status list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don't take more than a few minutes, and don't think too hard. They don't have to be the "right" books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way. I decided to use my first post to list mine.
1. The Little Prince-Antoine de Saint-Exupery
2. The Great Gatsby-F. Scott Fitzgerald
3. The Crucible- Arthur Miller
5. Madame Bovary- Gustave Flaubert
6. Little House on the Prairie-Laura Ingall's Wilder
7. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler- E.L. Konigsburg
8. Notes from the Underground- Dostoevsky
9. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
This is a strange list. It is compiled of books I loved as a child (I so wanted to run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art!) to ones in college (Notes from the Underground finally convinced me I was smart enough to be there!). Now there is the big debate over reading actual books over digital books. I have to say-I love digital books. All my favorites in one device. I can go to them whenever I want, wherever I want. And the classics are free. Annotating has never been so easy. My nearing 50 eyes are developing a whole new love of reading. Everyone has their preferences. I just love the added bonuses that technology can bring to our students.