Waco used to have a Waldenbooks. I don't know if they all went bankrupt, but we haven't had one for ages now. We recently got a Half Price Books, but I haven't been there yet. We do have a Barnes& Nobles, though.
Luckily, a year or two ago, five of the books were collected in a paperback box set. (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time). I picked up the set at Barnes& Nobles when I decided I'd sign up for the membership card, buy lots of books, and redeem the cost of the card in megadiscount. (Guess what didn't happen)
Anyway. For whatever reason, I read a ton of trashy Vampire Hunter D books, all of the Earthsea books by Ursula LeGuin, "So You Want to be a Wizard" by Diane Duane, and all sorts of other stuff without actually getting around to the L'Engle books.
Out of nowhere tonight, I decided it was finally time to sit down and re-read them. I got through the first three books and realized it was 5 AM without feeling tired at all. Damn!
It's really funny how you picture things in books when you read them. The Murry house to me was always an amalgamation of our old house in Alamo with a few additions, a second floor, and decor changes. The backyard of the Alamo house opened up into large fields and forrests where the Murray's vegetable garden, star-gazing rock, and other landmarks would have been. The playground and outdoor geography elementary school from "A Wind in the Door" was always my first elementary school in Iowa to me, Mount Olive.
I'd forgotten a lot of this over time, but in re-reading the books, the way I had imagined the houses, places, characters, and even the songs I remember hearing on the radio while I read the books all came back to me.
I totally teared up during certain parts of the books, too, even though I've read them many, many times >..>
I've decided that if Matt lets me get away with it, I'm going to name a cat Proginoskies.
It'd been so long, and I was so much younger when I first read them, that I made some kind of funny connections when re-reading them today, though.
A Swiftly Tilting Planet- Totally Quantum Leap. I wonder if this is where they got the idea for the show?
Calvin O'Keefe's family= The Weaselys. LAWL
It's so hard to believe these books were written decades ago. "A Wrinkle in Time" was published in 1968, and the scifi/tech aspects hold up today. I mean, we haven't made leaps and bounds in space travel, so it's not like reading a book about how we'll all be driving hoverplanes to work and shooting ray guns in the year 2000. It's hard for me to fathom how these books touched older generations when they were first reading them.
I still feel like they are relevant to me at this point in my life!
When it's "that time of the month" I always have really bizzare dreams and nightmares. I always dream about blood and being pregnant, and all sorts of other bizzare non-crotch-related stuff. But it was really strange to me to have decided out of the blue to re-read these books at this point in time.
I always related to the character Meg. We both had brown hair, were relatively unpopular and totally akward. I remember when I first read the books, it was one of the first fantasy/scifi type books that dealt with the problem of going on all these weird adventures as a person who HAS to have glasses. I mean seriously... When you're going on adventures, glasses are a pain in the ass.
Unlike me, though, she always seemed braver, and she was way better at math. :X
Over the course of the first three books, you get to grow up with her, essentially. She grow up, grows into herself, becomes less akward, pretty, dates, gets married, etc. The first time I read "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," I found it amazingly shocking that she was pregnant. It was like "Whoah, whoah wait! HOW much time has passed between books?!?!
I guess somewhere inside, I expected things to go much like that for me. As I grew up, I became less akward (I'm still pretty akward around people), I decided I had a pretty face instead of a weird one, I dated some(not a lot at all), I got married. Somewhere along the way, I grew into the realization that I didn't want children though. I have put so much time and thought into it that I know when I say it now, it isn't out of some kind of contrary stubbornness. It's somthing Matt and I have both talked about and decided on.
But goddamn if my body hasn't been all baby-crazy this month. I think watching that "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" marathon seriously fucked with my head, too. So many of them are chicks who regularly took some sort of birth control every day at the same time and still got knocked up, then didn't know they were pregnant until they got bad cramps and stuff started coming out between the legs D: Like babies D:
Hormones being the way they are, Sporos' parts in "A Wind in the Door" and the fact that Meg was knocked up all through "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" had some strange sort of significance I never saw before.
Honestly, part of the reason I've been thinking about this so much is probably because I've been seriously looking into permenant sterilization, but it really doesn't help that I had to get that exciting little hormone spike so soon after looking into options. Despite what I remember of getting yelled at in second grade about it, I don't think it's a shameful thing that needs to be hidden. So what if you decide to permenantly alter your body to not have children? It's not like there arn't enough people on this planet already. I think we went a little overboard with the "Be Fruitful and Multiply" thing. If I wanted to, I could adopt from all sorts of exciting places around the world.
More reasons not to have children: The Amazon "A Kid's Review" book reviews. LOL
"last summer i had 2 read this book 4 school. it went bi so slow and i just hated it. it seamed like she was in the same place w/ the same ppl and the same idea. the first book was ok, but this was a horable sequal. sry "swiftly tilting planet" lovers, but this is just not mi book "
For the lulz, though, it's worth it to go to any popular YA novel and read all the one-star reviews. A huge chunk of them are like copy/pasted book reports from idiots.
They just remind me of all the morons I put up with growing up. People who just never "got it" and never absorbed anything from ANY book they read. They could finish "The Cat in the Hat" and wonder what the point of it was while complaining about the pictures looking ugly. Sure, I hated required reading as much as anyone else, but I honestly "got" things from having to read Animal Farm and Romeo& Juliette. Some of the stuff I had to read was genuinely interesting, and things I wouldn't have picked out on my own. I certainly wouldn't have picked Shakespere on my own, and my teacher for that was amazing. I got so much out of the Shakespere stuff we did. (Thanks Mr. Ramos! You really were a great teacher, even though The Witching Hour was a horrible book.)
The only book I will totally and completely fess up to blanking out on is The Great Gatsby. Oh god, I could not deal with that book. I have no idea how I managed to not read it at all and still write an essay or some crap on it. Surely I had to write something after reading it... so not reading it because I hated it would have been a problem.
It's getting close to 6:30 AM and I'm not tired at all yet. Blah! I'm not going to tear into "Many Waters" yet, though... That book got to be a little too much when I read it the first time. AND YOU KNOW HOW I LOVE MY RELIGIOUS-THEMED FICTION! I mean, a lot of the references in the previous books were fairly obvious, but they don't bother me. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia, too. I just remember Many Waters being very very different from the first three, and not liking it all that much, so I don't know if I'll re-read it right away. The boxed set I got also comes with "An Acceptable Time"... which I haven't read at all yet!
Gonna wait until I re-read Many Waters first, though... And I never really did get into the stuff about the O'Keefe family after that. The Arm of the Starfish/Ring of Endless Light/Meet the Austins, etc...
Omg.. I should totally re-read "Island of the Blue Dolphins." I had no idea what abalone was other than some sort of shellfish, but I decided I wanted to eat it after reading this book. (I've still never had it. lol)