It's time for another edition of Fifteen Factoids, a collection of random things you never knew about me! Today we're talking about literature, starting with:
1) My favorite kids' book as a toddler was "Good Night Moon," which freaks me out when I read it now.
2) I learned to read at an early age but wasn't what most people would have called a bookworm.
3) In first grade, we went to the school library every week. I was too scared to try something new, so I checked out "Jumanji" each and every time.
4) "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle" was the first chapter book I re-read for fun. It was also the first book I read that had swearing.
5) My two favorite American literature books from high school were "The Scarlet Letter" and "To Kill a Mockingbird."
6) I also read "The Great Gatsby" but didn't understand a word of it. All I remember is that there was someone named Daisy, and there was a car wreck at one point.
7) I read "Crime and Punishment" as a senior in high school, which started my love affair with Russian lit.
8) My favorite Russian novel is "Anna Karenina." My favorite Russian play is "A Month in the Country."
9) In college, I paid a hundred dollars for a hundred-year-old collection of novellas and short stories by Turgenev (another Russian dude).
10) The two books that have made me fuming mad are "Little Women" (Laurie should have married Jo) and "Les Miserables" (Cosette was a spoiled brat).
11) The first picture book I read to my oldest son is "Guess How Much I Love You." Yes, it made me cry.
12) My favorite books to re-enjoy with my family are "Frog and Toad" and "The Chronicles of Narnia."
13) Two novels have made me cry, "Safely Home" by Randy Alcorn and a historical fiction by Bodie Theone.
14) I read "A Christmas Carol" to my boys every year.
15) I started re-reading "Grapes of Wrath" a few months ago, but I started giving all the characters in my WIP hick accents so I had to stop.