Book Nook: My Story – Elizabeth Smart

Book Nook: My Story – Elizabeth Smart

When I think of Elizabeth Smart, I’m reminded of a very specific section of freeway close to my hometown in Oregon. I’m not sure if there was a billboard alerting drivers that she was missing, if that was where my mom told me that somebody had taken her, if that was where I found out she was found, or if – weirdly enough – it had no connection with Elizabeth Smart at all.

Regardless, it’s in my memory, and I’ll probably never know exactly why.

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Book Nook: Matilda – Roald Dahl

Book Nook: Matilda – Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl, you’ve done it again. You’ve written a book just strange enough that children don’t seem to notice, but adults are left thinking, “What in the world?”

And I don’t want to give the impression that I believe the book is bad. It’s a well-written book that many people consider to be a classic. My wife, for example, has said that Matilda is her favorite book written by Roald Dahl.

However, my wife grew up reading Matilda. I didn’t.

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Book Nook: The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

Book Nook: The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

A few of my favorite books have come from recommendations I’ve received from my mom’s sisters.

They love reaching out to one another when a book chosen for book club ends up being an enjoyable read, and they’ll each go out and either buy a copy or check one out from the library. Slowly the recommendation will trickle down the ranks, and, pretty soon, a large portion of the extended family will read the same book.

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Book Nook: James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Book Nook: James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

Can I make a confession? I am not a fan of the movie version of James and the Giant Peach.

And that’s not because I’m comparing it to the book. I simply remember disliking the movie when I’d seen it as a child. It was creepy, and there was a scary rhino.

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