Friday, May 13, 2011

The Love of Reading - Memory Lane Friday, 5th Grade

Welcome to Memory Lane Friday, a weekly blog carnival where you can blog about your memories and link up.  All are encouraged to hop in.  This week's topic is 5th grade.

I've always loved to read.  I can't remember a time that I haven't turned to books as a form of stress relief, an escape from the real world.  I've read so many books I couldn't even possibly pick a favorite. 

When I was in 5th grade, I got strep throat.  I was in bed feverish, and had run out of library books.  I needed something to read!  And so it was I stumbled upon my grandfather's copy of Gone with the Wind.  Thick blue hard back, with gold leaf designs, and a built in blue ribbon book mark.  It was a pretty book, and over 1000 pages long.  I'd heard about Gone with the Wind, although I'd never seen the movie.  As famous as it was, it simply must be a decent read.

So I settled in, my throat on fire, sweat dripping down my head.
And I was transported to the past.  To plantations and gowns in the South.

And do you know I forgot all about how lousy I felt?
I stayed in that bed reading for two or three days.
I only got up to use the bathroom or get something to drink.

As you know, Gone with the Wind is one hefty read.  For some reason, I totally took to it though.

This picture is from 5th grade, but I'm reading a different book in the picture:

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My Mad World said...

I loved reading too!
wow, Gone With The Wind in 5th grade!?! Pretty amazing! Books can be your best friends!!

Have a great weekend!

Ginny Hartzler said...

I'm the same way. For many years, I read a book a day and the books literally ran us out of the apartment. I belonged to about a dozen book clubs, too. I never tackled Gone With The Wind, though. You were an extremely smart child to take on that big book!! I know the Kindles are really cool, but nothing replaces browsing through a book store looking through all the books, even the smell is overpowering to me!

Unknown said...

I am so glad this post got to up! I love it when I find a book I can't put down.

Liz Mays said...

I can't believe you were drawn into Gone with the Wind at such a young age. Fabulous! (And cute too!)

TexWisGirl said...

i think i read it in 6th grade - my sister brought it home from the high school library and let me borrow it. i loved it too - even at that young age...

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

That's fantastic! I love how a good book can transport its reader to a faraway place. And Gone with the Wind did a great job of taking your mind away from your discomfort!

Anonymous said...

My oldest is in 4th grade and he just loves to read too.

Whn I was young I would get bored and try to read my moms trashy romance novels. lol

Andrea said...

This is awesome, lisa. SO fantastic. I love it!

warren said...

Readers are such interesting people!