As planned, I did a lot of reading while I was at the beach. While I didn’t make it all the way through my stack of kid-lit, I did get six books read — even one for grown-ups.
Anyway… Four of the five of my childhood favorites seem to have passed the test of time. Anne of Green Gables, in particular, was every bit as enjoyable as I remembered, and has me eager to pick up the rest of the series for a re-read. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler still makes me wish I could hide out in the Metropolitan Museum, Nancy Drew stirred up my old desire to be an intrepid detective, and Ramona the Pest reminded me that sometimes red boots are the only thing that will make a girl’s day.
Only Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great disappointed, though not because of the storyline. For some reason, Judy Blume (or her publishers) have decided that kids today can’t comprehend a world without CDs or computers, so all the technology references in the book were updated. It made for an entirely awkward scene when a mimeograph machine was integral to the plot. If it had been left alone, as a …ahem… “period piece” there would have been no need for a convoluted explanation of why Sheila wasn’t using a computer. Ugh.
Since I have gotten home, I have been making an effort to continue reading, and am finally making my way back into What is the What, which I started back in January and have been reading in fits and starts since then. So maybe the reading curse is broken. I certainly hope so!