Friday, November 20, 2009

451 Fridays

451 Fridays is based on an idea from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In his novel, a group of people (Bradbury calls them Book People) are trying to keep the ideas found in books alive. Instead of actually saving the books, the Book People each "become" a book - memorizing it, word for word, and passing it down to the next generation.

451 Fridays asks what books you feel passionate about. What book do you think is so important that you would be willing to take on the challenge of "becoming"?

Today, I'm so happy to welcome Booklogged to 451 Fridays! Booklogged blogs at A Reader's Journal, where there is always something interesting going on. One of my favorite features on her blog is Blogging Around the States, where she is working her way through the 50 states, interviewing bloggers that live in each. What fun! Welcome, Booklogged! (Also, this might be my favorite 451 picture yet - love reading to the little ones!)

What 5 books do you believe are important enough to be saved, and why?

All the ones I've listed are engaging, well- written and teach us something important.

1. The Giver by Louis Lowry - Reminds us that it's good that we are different.

2. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver - Our way isn't necessarily the best way for everyone throughout the world.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - War is ugly, watch out for megalomaniacs and there is kindness to be found in humble hearts.

4. Atlas Shrugged - Socialism is scary and we need to be aware of it's sneaky entanglements.

5. Anne of Green Gables - Keeping a child-like outlook on the world and looking for the good in people and moments can bring wonder into our lives.

Of those 5, which book would you choose to "become?"

Anne of Green Gables - I think if I 'became' that book I would be a pleasure to be around and my outlook on life would be honest, child-like, refreshing and I would be filled with delight. Also, people would like to hear my story over and over again.

Do you have any favorite quotes from that book, so we know why you love it so much?

"What a splendid day! I pity people who aren't born yet for missing it. They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one." - Anne

"I'd rather walk calmly along and do without the flying and the thud." - Marilla

"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" - Anne

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?" - Anne

"Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing." - Anne

Thanks so much, Booklogged, for sharing with us YOUR list of books which must be saved. (And YAY for another Anne fan!!)

Do you have a list you'd like to share? Please let me know - I'd love to have you!


bermudaonion said...

What a great list! I have The Book Thief in my TBR pile and now I feel like I should move it to the top.

Serena said...

those are some great books. I loved The Book Thief!

Anonymous said...

It is certainly interesting for me to read that article. Thanx for it. I like such themes and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Anonymous said...

This may be my favorite late so far!

Booklogged said...

It's been more than 3 days since I wrote this so I forgot most of what I wrote, although I could have guessed the books. I love those 5 books! It surprised me that I was so concise with my writing because I'm usually so long winded.

Aren't those 2 grandkids cute?! The book I'm reading is one of our favorites - If I Were I Lion. Very cute! And great pictures.

Framed said...

Love the picture. And I love Anne of Green Gables and The Book Thief. I really need to read Fahrenheir 451.

Jenners said...

Another great list. I love the diversity of books that are showing up and some of the same ones too. I do agree that "becoming" Anne of Green Gables would be an excellent choice for your state of mind. And now I'm even more excited to try "The Book Thief" next year.

Hazra said...

I love the books she's chosen, and I especially love her choice of book she wants to become. I would so love to become Anne of Green Gables too!

Zibilee said...

Awesome list! I love her site and think she reads some really interesting things. I am so thrilled that she decided to be Anne of Green Gables, the reasoning behind that choice is perfect!

Kristen M. said...

How sad is it that I have never read Anne of Green Gables? I really need to remedy that in the next year!