Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Favorite Book

I was recently asked to name my favorite book. Sheesh, there are entirely too many great books to narrow it down like that. But one does stick out in my mind...

It was sixth grade English class, and the assignment was to read and do a report on a fiction book with some historical content. Though I'd always loved to read, history was something I'd not taken a shining to. So I hem-hawed around, becoming enthusiastic for no one title. My teacher, somehow, didn't get angry with me; instead she gave me guidance, working with me to find the perfect book.

Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene


Wikipedia summarizes it better than I could:

The story is told first person by a twelve-year-old Jewish girl named Patty Bergen living in Jenkinsville, Arkansas during World War II. The action focuses on the escaped German Prisoner of War she befriends and protects, as well as her relationship with her abusive father, uncaring mother, and their maid.
I can't tell you how much I loved this book. Bette Greene's characters were amazingly real to me, as I got caught up in the story as if I'd lived it myself. In fact, now I've got myself wondering if that was a defining time for me; one that told me this is what I want to do - write like this.
I think I should like to read it all over again.
What's a favorite book of yours and why? I ask you to post about it, and let me know you've done so. Call it an unofficial meme of sorts...
ETA: Pfft! Can't seem to adjust the format... so sorry the paragraphs are smooshed together...

2 comments:

Jenna said...

Oyyy...just one...this is so hard.

Non-fiction hands down the Bible. I've just started reading through it and I am learning so much and it's something you could read over and over and still learn from.

Fiction: It's a tough call between A Prayer for Owen Meany and Middlesex but I'll have to go with A Prayer for Owen Meany because the characterization is brilliant, the story is rich and elaborate and twisty and not at all fluffy. Before this book I couldn't honestly say I had a favorite. When I was down reading it I went "WHOA" and wanted to read it again (I never read things twice).

Janna Qualman said...

A Prayer for Owen Meany? I hadn't heard of it, but I'll certainly be checking it out. Thanks!

I do agree about the Scriptures. So many lessons to learn from it, and each time I study - anywhere - something new jumps out at me.

Thanks for stopping by! :D