The Garden Window by Daniel F. Gerhartz:
1) What was the first book that drew you into the joys of reading for fun?
-Hmm, one of the first books that I can remember reading was Curious George by H. A. Rey. I had the original book and a collection where he joined the circus, delivered newspapers, went in a rocket, and had to go to the hospital (from swallowing a puzzle piece!). I remember reading that countless times and still love those stories about the "little monkey named George [who] was always very curious."
I recently found a collection of Curious George stories at a book sale and absolutely had to buy it to be able to share him with my children in the future.
2) What picture book from your childhood sticks out in your memory?
Oh, so many do! I'd have to say that one of my all-time favorites is What Sadie Sang by Eve Rice. Sadly, it's out of print now, but it's such a sweet book about a little girl who sings everywhere she goes! My mom says that she used to read it to me constantly, and I'd like to think that that's what helped start my love of music at an early age. Who knows? :)
3) As a teen what book or book series was your favorite?
I loved (and still do) the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. I would eagerly wait for each new book to be released so I could read each new adventure. I was so sad to hear that James Patterson ended the series, though I know it can't go on forever. I haven't read the last 2 books yet because I don't want the story to end!
4)What was your least favorite book you ever read?
5)What was your favorite book you ever read?
There have been so many books that I love, but my favorite books up to now have been The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or The Deadliest Monster by J. F. Baldwin. I read The Hunger Games before it became a movie and a huge craze, and I really appreciate the story, the characters, and the commentary on society. The Deadliest Monster taught me so much about worldviews and how to know what I believe and why.
6)What book is a must-read for your future children?
My children will definitely read The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. The themes of good and evil and how good will eventually always win are so powerful! My first introduction to these books was through my mom reading them to my siblings and me, and I'd love to continue that with my children.
7)What was the funniest book you ever read?
8)What was the saddest book you ever read?
Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison is an incredibly sad book about a character with a terminal illness. I read it in one sitting late into the night and had tears streaming down my face when I finished it. The story was great, I really cared about the characters and it was music-themed, so I loved that.
9)What is it that leads you to decide whether a book is enjoyable or not?
There are many qualities I use to decide whether a book is enjoyable to me or not. I look for a great, original story or one similar to one I love. I want the characters to be developed well and to be realistic people I can relate to in some way. There also should be some sort of morals or lessons taught, and I definitely prefer books written from a Christian or moral worldview.
10)What is the title of the oldest book you own and when was it published?
One of the oldest books I own is a 1951 first edition of All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. It's not extremely old, but it is definitely well-read!
Huge thanks to Rebecca for interviewing me for Book-tober!
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