Ok, so never have I been so happy to realize that it's Reading for Pleasure Wednesday, as I was struggling to come up with something about which to post, and then, realizing it's Wednesday, I realized I didn't need to struggle! Yay! Reading for Pleasure Wednesday is working exactly as I'd hoped it would! So, I've decided to talk about The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, because last week I decided to buy myself another copy of it so that I could read it again. I'm sure that I've got a copy of it at my mother's house somewhere, but I figured that I could afford to own two, as it is one of my top favorite books in my whole life, right?
I first encountered the book when I was nine or ten. It was a book that I ordered through the Weekly Reader, if I remember correctly, and I had no idea that it was a classic or a Newbery Award Winner or anything. See, I didn't come from the kind of family where "classic" literature was emphasized. I was not one of those kids whose mother had read all of the Anne of Green Gables books and thus made sure I had copies of them, or the Wizard of Oz books, or the Chronicles of Narnia. I only read the Little House books because of the TV show. I was one of those kids who came from a working class household where as often as not my mom would actually stop me from reading and tell me to go play outside. I mean, reading was seen as a good thing, but nobody wants too much of a good thing, right?
So in choosing The Witch of Blackbird Pond, I was very much choosing based on my own personal interests - witches, colonial times, spunky protagonist who meets handsome sailor - I mean, how can you go wrong with those? And I remember reading the book for the first time and being ENGROSSED in it. In fact, I seem to recall that it was one of the first books I read where I stayed up past my bedtime with the flashlight under the blankets just in order to keep reading.
So, the thing that was great about rereading it this week was the following:
1) Once again, I was engrossed, and I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it, although it was awesome to be allowed to do so.
2) The book is just SUCH a good book. Because it was written as historical fiction, it doesn't age in weird ways the way that some books for kids do, and it's romantic and exciting and just everything I enjoy in a pleasure read.
3) I really had some good taste as a kid. Who knew?
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