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Monday, July 4, 2011
I've noticed that summer seems to be the time to revisit favorite books. Maybe it's because, for adults, summer evokes memories of summer vacations, laziness, childhood. And so we reread the entire Harry Potter series, indulge in beach reads, and turn back the clock to our retro-reads.
I read this vintage classic for the first time last month, and couldn't believe I hadn't read it sooner. The Thirteen Clocks by James Thurber has it all: an evil duke, a clever prince, and an enchanted princess, not to mention delightful illustrations. Plus, it's a quick read.
Also on my list of retro-summer-reads...
I absolutely adore Edward Eager, known for books like The Time Garden, where magical events happen to ordinary children (sound familiar?). Of course, Eager paid tribute to his precursor, E. Nesbit, whose classic The Enchanted Castle I read over and over and over again as a child. What's not to love? Summer vacations, magic found and lost, the feeling when you put down the book that something amazing is waiting right around the corner, if only you could time it right to catch it.
Whether you're rereading childhood favorites, or if you're still in the process of discovery, please share some of your favorites with us! Maybe we'll discover a new favorite along the way.