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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

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I will turn 60 in March–an incomprehensible age. I must own it however–JFK was alive and well and living in the White House when I was born. Jackie’s pink lipstick was on every woman’s lips. 60. Six-Oh..oh…oh…oh.. What do I wish I could read again for the first time? I’d bore you senseless with the same old titles I use all the time. I’ve used them so often you can likely recite them! So, once again I’ve tried to come up with 10 that are not lifelong favorites. No GWTW, no Thorn Birds, no Auntie Mame, no Joyous Season, No Winds of War, no anything by Chaim Potok, no Bruce Catton. So many others.

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My great-aunt recommended this book. The Depression was her era. She once worked in a place where men were employed simply to carry the women out when they fainted from exhaustion. No bathroom breaks–just work. I devoured this book and could see her, her two brothers, my grandfather all working. I could also see my other family–the engineer and his wife buying their comfortable house and have a “girl” to clean. That “girl” was of course not a girl, but a woman.

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Before Robert Lacey sold out to The Crown and the Netflix money, he wrote excellent books.  My grandmother (wife of the engineer) took me to the UK in the summer of ’77. I was angry–we were stuck in a hotel with no tv on Jubilee Day! How ungrateful a 15 year-old can be! My copy is on the shelf behind me–it was a Christmas gift (the inscription tells me) from the same great-aunt who got me to read Studs Terkel. How fun it was to discover the Royals!

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Ok, I’m straying dangerously into old favorites territory! My Mom bought this for me. I stayed awake in our family room on our Brady Bunch-type couches reading this the summer between 7th and 8th grade. It was so hot–no a.c. Eric was so like my big brother and his friends. I’d love to know him again for the first time.

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My parents and I devoured both the mini-series based on Lash’s books. I finally read this in college and loved it. Much more information has, of course, been released since then, but I came to admire Eleanor through this book. Covid-permitting, I’m finally going to see their home “Hyde Park” (Springwood) in October.

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This book was one of my “gateway” royal books. I checked it out over and over and learned every photo by heart. My high school librarian, who died this summer, let me add an “addendum” explaining the name-confusion in the book. I had to type it neatly, but then she tipped it in. It explained that “David” was Edward VIII and that George VI was actually Albert or Bertie and, like Larry, Daryl and Daryl on Newhart, George, was actually another brother! I went on to find the Duke of Windsor’s memoris at the local college library where my mother worked. I also discovered and devoured the bound volumes of the Illustrated London News, Life, and Look magazines. All added much more to my education than any ridiculous high school textbook proclaiming “Nicolai Lenin” the leader of the USSR could ever do!

That’s it for this week. I ran out of time to come up with five more!

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18 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

  1. I’ve often thought this while reading a great book — that this is the only time I’ll get to experience it “fresh.” I loved your royal memories here and I don’t think I’ve read any of these, so I will have to … 🙂 Side note, the vegetable recipe you posted did look so healthy and good. I hope to try it soon.

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  2. I do feel like I use the same books again and again! :::::sigh:::::: I wish I were just turning 60 again! I have a few years on you! Happy birthday! 🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉

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  3. I found your list to be very interesting and also enjoyed all the comments! My parents and other relatives lived through the Depression and while growing up, I heard all of the horror stories of what life was like. I feel so lucky to not having to experience anything like that.

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