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Saturday, November 29, 2008



Shannon Hale influenced my life a lot--she kept me writing and reading and hoping. Book of a Thousand Days resonated with me very strongly, as well as most of her other books, but the fact that I've met her, talked with her, and wanted to be like her, has made me a better person.


That's cool that they all have the same birthday! And very neat that you got to hear Madeline L’Engle.


I have some of the same loves as you - Little Women, Naria, and L'Engle. I still remember the feelings I had when I first read them. Some others for me were Tolkein - opening up a fantasy world that I still think about today, and how even small things (and Hobbits) can change the world. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte made a big impression on me. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson is another. Thinking about all these again makes me want to go back and read some of my old favorites!


Those are three of my favorites, too. I love the whole Little Women series, and was thrilled to fall in love with them again when I borrowed them from my mom a few years ago.

I would say Laura Ingalls Wilder is also one of my favorites. And Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine has effected me for the better for years.

I love that the three you focus on have the same birthday. Fascinating!


Like you C.S. Lewis, especially the Narnia series, had a positive influence on me as a child, and helped me as an adult during my spiritual conversion. Till we Have Faces, Surprised by Joy, and Mere Christianity are also favorites. As a child the Little house on the prairie series were books I read over and over again.


My favorite book when I was younger was Watership Down. I can't remember the author, but I just really liked that book and I felt connected to the rabbits, sometimes they seemed like people and they seemed real.


Laura Ingalls Wilder, no question. I read her books over and over as a child. Because of her I loved anything to do with pioneers--and I was initially intrigued by the stories of Mormon pioneers which encouraged me to investigate the church at age 16, and the confidence in my own decisions to join two years later. I loved her careful descriptions of their life and how they did everything from making cheese to building a whatnot shelf! I think she taught me self reliance, provident living and that I could do anything I set my mind to. I consider her a major influence in my life.


Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Barbara Kinsgsolver.

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