Books I Won't Forget

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Years of Perusing

My favorite courses in school were reading and writing.

I do not read as I once did. Time is a problem along with memory retention.

I do remember some of the books I have read when I was a younger man. Some were mandatory reading in school courses and others were just for my own enjoyment.

It really hurts when I hear of a person who doesn't know how to read. If you know of someone that doesn't know how to read, please work with them and if you are unsure how, please contact me and I will help.

The purpose of this hub is to go step by step through Froggy's life and to know the books that moved him the most.

We will start with the early years and move until now, but first here are a few quotes about books and reading:

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy. ~Edward P. Morgan

A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. ~William Styron, interview, Writers at Work , 1958

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~Charles W. Eliot

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

Early years

I don't recall many of the books I read as a child. There is one for sure that I will never forget: The Little Engine That Could.

No one really knows the author of that story, but it was an inspiration to many children.

I was very caught up in the Dr. Seuss books too. There were many.

I also found myself somewhat interested in comic books too which came more to prevalence in my teen years.

Teen Years

This is when reading became a priority for me. I read the Bible through. I read the Boy-Scout handbook cover to cover.

I owned comic books galore. Superman, Batman, Wonderwoman and Spiderman were all staples of Froggy's reading diet.

There are several books from these years that I will never forget. First and foremost is the whole Louis L'Amour western series. I have read every one of his books cover to cover. I was always fascinated by Mr L'Amour's work, I would pay whatever my allowance would allow me to get another one of his books.

Another book I will never forget from these years is The Catcher and The Rye. The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. I couldn't believe it was mandatory reading for 7th grade, but I am happy I read it.

Last but not least is a series of books by S.E. Hinton. Hinton was a girl who wrote about teen problems in fiction form. I say all kids should have to read this series. It started with The Outsiders and other books came off of it.

Older

As I got older, I found it difficult to read much but I would still find time.

I have studied multiple versions of the Bible.

I read War and Peace completely through. A very well written book.

I have found Hub Pages a great place to read.

No more buying books or getting lost in the library; not to mention overdue fees.

Reading builds knowledge. I say make it fun for kids to read. It will do them a lot of good in their later years.

To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries. 

- A C Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company. 

- Andre Gide

The habit of reading is the only enjoyment in which there is no alloy; it lasts when all other pleasures fade. 

- Anthony Trollope

The ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. 

- Autobiography of Malcolm X, 1964

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. 

- Confucius

The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go. 

- Dr. Seuss, "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!"

Great Writers

There are so many books I have read over my lifetime, it would be unfair of me to not mention some more that I have read:

  1. C.S. Lewis
  2. William Faulkner
  3. James Joyce
  4. Kurt Vonnegut
  5. Mark Twain

And so many others I cannot count.

There are many great writers here on hub pages too. Just take a look through the site.

Reading is not a chore, it is enlightenment and knowledge.

So what have you read lately?

© G.L. Boudonck

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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

An enjoyable read, Froggy. I love your quotes, too!


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

Loved this and the books photo as I love to read.


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FCEtier 5 years ago from Cold Mountain

Good article! Consider Joseph Heller for your list.


jailerjim 5 years ago

I cant believe you left Stephen King & Dean Koontz out of the great writers. You act like youve been working 12 hours a day or something.


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Jim, you are so right--man I work hard--LOL

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