Do you remember that thrill you feel, the tingle of delight when you start a book and you know you’re going to love it? Usually this line:

It was a dark and stormy night.

…is a joke, but not when the book is A Wrinkle in Time.

It starts quietly enough. Meg’s problems seem typical. Problems at school, problems at home. Growing pains. Braces. Doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.

Boy, did her problems resonate with me when I first encountered Wrinkle. And I loved her great, big imagination. (I had the same reaction to Anne in Anne of Green Gables.)

I loved the growing feeling of foreboding. The slow build, the questions that pop up inside your head. What is happening? Why is it happening? Who are these people? Questions. The mother’s milk of the reader.

And then Mrs’ Which, Whatis and Who arrive. The characters ARE the questions. How cool is that?

L’Engle draws you into the story, but at a pace suitable for the young. Reading it now, as an adult, I can push the pace, but I don’t want to because the story is so well written.

If you haven’t read it yet, it is never too late to read a good book. If you have, did you love it? I realize not everyone likes the same things, so we’ll still be friends. Instead, tell me about a book that gave you the reader’s thrill and maybe I’ll find a new book to love.

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That Old Reader Thrill – Books I Can’t Forget
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10 thoughts on “That Old Reader Thrill – Books I Can’t Forget

  • April 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    A Wrinkle In Time was absolutely one of my favorites! As was also the Dune series and Tolkien. They fed my inner geek and love for philosophical discussion. 🙂 But I cut my teeth on Wrinkle.

    • April 7, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Tolkien!! He rocked my world! I still have to do the occasional re-read! And yes, Wrinkle definitely pushed the boundaries of my imagination. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • April 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    The book, or rather the trilogy that begins with this one, that gave me that thrill, was and is, ‘Daughter of the Empire’, by Janny Wurts and Raymond Feist. If you love tight political intrigue, a magnificent female lead, exquisite world-building, and alien cultures in a fantasy setting, you’re gonna love this.
    … and, if you do get hooked I recommend reading ‘The Riftwar Cycle’ by Raymond Feist that started the whole thing – first book is ‘Magician’
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    • April 3, 2014 at 8:14 am

      They both sound pretty amazing, even the titles are cool sounding. 🙂 Many thanks for the recs and for visiting!

      • April 3, 2014 at 9:22 am

        Daughter of the Empire series is great – so is the Riftwar saga. Definitely worth a read :). Not sure which I enjoyed more, they come together so well, concluding together, that it would be hard to enjoy one series fully without reading the other. The flavor of the Codex Alera series, young, humble boy turns mainline hero as in Magician. Great picks as older readers.

  • April 2, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Where the Red Fern Grows. The author gives away the ending on the second page, and by the time it happens, you’re so wrapped up in the story, it hits you like a freight train. I’ve read it a dozen times and I cry like a baby every time.
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    • April 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Oh, that’s lovely! And what a lesson in writing, too. I think most of what I’ve learned about writing is from reading. 🙂

      And I’ll be in touch to get you your gift basket!

  • April 2, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Funny but true! Anne of Green Gables had that affect on me too! Those books taught me that it’s okay for an ordinary gal to dream big AND be happy! Thanks for this!

    • April 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

      I am glad you liked the post, Carrie. I totally fell in love with Anne. My grandmother gave me Anne of Green Gables as a Christmas present and I read it shreds. Books definitely expanded my world. 🙂 Glad you stopped by!

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