Monday, December 14, 2009

Words Move Me

Words Move Me. That's the name of Sony's new literature community - WordsMoveMe.com. There, you can share with others your favorite pieces of literature and what impact they had on you; how they moved you. I was all set to share some of my favorite parts of classic books, but when I tried to recall specific works that moved me, my mind went blank. Gone were the discussions about books I'd read in high school, Farenheit 451, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, Romeo and Juliet, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Tale of Two Cities. I couldn't begin to tell you what The Grapes of Wrath or Of Mice and Men was about. (Hey, I have 6 kids and they really have drained my memory stores.)

I did, however come up with a few quotes that have stuck with me. Yes, they're mostly from humor books. What can I say? I like to laugh. I don't like to read anything too deep or anything that takes too much brain power. I like light, quick reads, romances, and humor these days. I mean, when you have to put the book down 4000 times (during the first paragraph alone) to fill sippy cups, pick kids up from kindergarten, break up fights over crayons, and clean up spilled apple juice, you don't want to have to go back through a tutorial on who's who and what's going just to pick up where you left off.

Oh, who am I kidding? I mostly just read classics like One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie these days.



Ready for the really cool part? I have one Sony Reader Pocket Edition ($199.99 value) to give away to one lucky reader. I like actual books. I like the smell of books. I like the feel of them. I like to turn the pages one by one. I don't think anything will ever replace that, but I have to admit, this thing is pretty cool. It's small like a cell phone, but it holds up to 350 books! This would be awesome for travel, commuting, or just for around the house. Whenever I pick up my kids from school, I sit there in the parking lot, playing solitaire on my phone while I wait for them to come out. How great would it be to pull out this Sony Reader and dive into a good book?

To enter the contest, leave me a comment here with a literary moment that moved you and why. Did it make you think, smile, laugh, cry? Did it make you angry, happy, sad? Tell me about it and I'll choose a winner from your comments on Friday, December 18. And check out
WordsMoveMe.com to see what others have to say about words that have moved them. You might even get some good ideas for books to read!

Contest open to U.S. residents. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are not increased by a purchase.

* Sony has empowered me to participate in this campaign and I have been compensated with a Sony Reader Pocket Edition.

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Aviva said...

Not being a huge reader myself, my moment occurred while my daughter was reading. She sat on our living room sofa with tears streaming down her face. She was reading "Where the Red Fern Grows" for the 3rd time. I told her she didn't have to put herself through this torture again but she insisted on getting to the very end one more time. Of course, she is now reading the book to her little brother and I have no doubt she will cry again!

Mystii said...

I adore books. I'm a very avid reader and I can get totally engrossed in a book. I read "Time and Again" by Jack Finney in one evening and was so moved by the story of a man trying to get back to the past, and the lady he loved, that I turned around and re-read again immediately! The story and the details of both past and present New York City were so well written that I was transported right along with his character.

I believe that books that take us somewhere outside of our usual day to day lives, teach us and make us feel good are incredibly special. I love being a reader!

(The system is not letting me post using my google account so I'm posting with name/url. I hope that's ok.)

KAL071203 said...

I love to read, however I'm not a big crier, however Tuesday's with Morrie deffinetly made me cry! The sony reader looks awesome, it's on my christmas list:)

marythemom said...

I am an avid reader and read everything I can get my hands on. One of my favorite books is/was The Secret Garden. The descriptions of the abandoned dinner party when all the guests have fled or died and no one remembers the little girl who is left behind, still moves me.

Mary in TX

Jacci O. said...

The line that has always been stuck in my mind is the last line from Gone With the Wind. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Words to live be from Mr. Rhett Buttler himself. I first read Gone with the Wind in 6th grade and have read it a dozen times since. In fact my oldest is named after Scarlett and Rhett's daughter Victoria.

Kelly said...

I would love to win this!!!
I love to read! I read 2-4 books per week!
My most recent fave book is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. It's a great chick lit book! My favorite genre!

Sandy in Illinois said...

I started reading very early in life. Some of my first "must read" experiences involved the continuing stories that were printed in the daily newspaper on the comic pages. They were like soap operas and went on for weeks keeping me coming back for more. I would really love a reader to help me get into this new century.

Donna said...

this isn't a warm fuzzy memory.......

reading Stephen King's "Salem's Lot" in high school and literally not sleeping for a week because of the way he made the unbelieveable unable to leave your mind, even though you KNEW vampires did NOT exist......

sure kept me from jumping on the "Twilight" bandwagon....

hey, maybe that's a good thing......

moonduster said...

I've always been a big reader. As a kid, my parents were always getting upset with me for neglecting my chores or not listening because I would be too wrapped up in one book or another.

When I was only three, my grandmother taught me how to read. My brother and sisters were always picking on me and she wanted me to have something for myself. Having been an English teacher for most of her life, she knew the importance of reading and the importance that a love of reading would have for me.

At ten, I read "Gone With the Wind" for the first time. I was so upset at the end that the heroine did not get to be with her true love! And then my grandfather said, "It served the b!tch right!" (First time anyone in the family ever used a bad word in front of me!)

Funny as it is, I think it was his comment that made the book stick with me longer.

There have been loads of books throughout my childhood and more recent years that really made me cry or laugh out loud, and run through the gamut of my emotions. I could probably go on for ages talking about each one.

Like you, I don't find as much time these days for reading. Seven kids. Need I say more?

Rebecca at Fyfe dot net

Janet said...

I love to read but like you I enjoy quick, easy reads. My favorite are mystery/romance novels. Right now I am stuck on Janet Evonovich...she makes me laugh and I really need the laughter in my life!
Janet
Janet.melancon@gmail.com

Julia Hammond said...

My father was an avid fisher. He'd fish all day long if he could. I lost him 3 years ago to Alzheimers.

As a instructional aid, you learn to expect the unexpected and I was asked to sit in on a reading group with 2nd graders. We were to read a story I had not heard before.

The story was about a young boy who fishes regularly with his grandfather. By the end of the story I am sitting there, tears flowing, because the grandfather dies. I had to explain to my students that good literature sometimes touches you in such a way that you can not help but cry.

I was an unexpected moment that affected those students in a pwerful way.

Kris said...

One book that just left me in disbelief was Princess by Jean P. Sasson. It left me angry, sad, and just plain bewildered at the treatment of women in modern-day Saudi Arabia. It very much opened my eyes to things I thought this world was finished with. It is a trilogy, but book one was, to me, the most profound.

FrugalcosIhave2 said...

I just finished "the angels game" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I have read two of his books now and I am captivated by his style. I have been an avid reader all my life, and I am blessed that my daughters share that passion. We moved 700 pounds of books last time we made a move!
A timeless book I love is "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein. it is the essence of a parents heart.

Kim Fissette said...

I love to read, my books, books to my kids. Recently I read My Sisters Keeper, with hopes of seeing the movie afterwards. Still have not seen the movie, as the book made me cry so hard. IT was very moving to me, and I love to read and get into what is being written. It has definitely passed on to my children who are always caught with a book in their hands. I love it!!

Juliana said...

"Little Women" made me cry...I couldn't believe that the author would let one of the sisters die! I don't think that I had ever read a book at that point where a young person dies.

rebecca said...

'Life of Pi' is a fun read because it takes you to a faraway land, and convinces you that you may end up in a small boat with a big tiger

Theresa said...

So many books, so many moving moments... I'll go with something recent; The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It's takes place in the early 1960's and looks at the role of black women as maids. They were trusted and expected to raise the white children of the families they worked for but were subjected to so many indignities. Especially heartbreaking are the reflections of one women as she contemplates the inevitable time when her young charges stop viewing her with love and begin to see her as beneath them.

liz simmonds said...

i have Christmas on the brain right now, so i will go with the words of Luke chapter 2. the telling of the birth of Jesus never gets old. the words are powerful...Immanuel, God with us. love it! now reading it each year on Christmas morning with my kids gives it more meaning.

Gina said...

I love books! My all-time favorite is "To Kill a Mockingbird". I love it so much that if I have another baby and it's a girl, she will be named Harper, in honor of Harper Lee.

Winona said...

I re-read Pride and Prejudice every year and always end up yelling at the book at some point out of sheer frustration over the whole Lizzie/Darcy thing. That's definitely moving...

Jenny said...

My biggest moment being an avid reader myself was watching my oldest childs passion for reading and him bringing books to me over and over again when he was little. Now that he is almost 13 his passion for books is so strong that 90% of his Christmas list consists of books.

Bobbi said...

I am a HUGE reader. I love books. I passed my love of reading on to my kids. I read anything and everything I get my hands on!! I would love to win this! Righ now I am reading "Notes Left Behind" I have never cried reading a book until I read that one.

Colleen said...

A moment in the book "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" when a young Chinese boy is being chased by some thugs while he is desperately trying to hide his Japanese friends belongings was so pure -- I had to close the book for days because I was so nervous about what was going to happen!

ya ya's mom said...

i love reading and am an avid reader. as a child i remember falling in love with the story of where the red fern grows...my teacher cried as she read it...i remember racing to the library to get the next beverly cleary book. as an adult i belong to a book club and am a teacher...i get to watch young children daily experience the power of print. i get to see them transported to other worlds by what they read, worlds far better than the ones they currently live in. a book that made me cry as an adult was friday night knitting club...it sticks with me to this day...

ok, enough rambling. crossing my fingers for a win!

lizzyval said...

i would prefer to read a book to just about anything. If i can't read, i audio book, my IPOD is full of audio books, not music! this would be wonderful for me!!

Sherri said...

My most moving reading experience was while reading "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult. I was sitting on my bed crying over and over. My husband through that I was hurt or something happpened and never in a million years expected my answer of it being because of the book.

Sharon said...

I can remember being about 11 or 12the first time I read, "Are You There God, It's Me Margeret?" All the girls were reading it. We would then spend recess and lunch discussing, "becoming a woman." My friends couldn't wait. I on the other hand thought I would rather stay a child than go through what Margeret did.
Recently I re-read it along with my daughter. While I still remember the fear and gross factor 30 years later, My daughter responded,"oh well, I guess that's life."

Anonymous said...

My babies are little so I have very little time to myself to read... so for now I have to get my fix by reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for the hundreth time :)

--Maria in TN

The Morgans said...

My most recent literary "movement" was while reading The Shack. The main character is speaking about his and his wife's relationships w/ God. He says they both have big relationships w/ God. His is broad but his wife's is deep. Something about that touched me and I've thought about it daily ever since.

AlaneM said...

I have been a bookwork from early childhood - I was the kid with the flashlight under the covers, reading when I was supposed to be asleep :)
I've been moved my many books but the one that I loved most was A Prayer For Owen Meaney. I do not reccomend other books by the author, they are mostly moral quagmires but Owen Meaney is a wonderful tale of friendship, sacrifice and the mysteries of growing up. It's masterfully told & I literally could not put it down.

robert austell said...

This is perhaps a step or two from what you asked, but it's where my mind went. :)

I started reading like crazy as a young child and have never stopped. My mom even struck up a friendship with the manager at a bookstore and the librarian at the branch library near my childhood home and would leave me for hours to read with them keeping an eye on me.

Two among my all-time favorites as a child and adult are the Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien and the Narnia Chronicles by C.S. Lewis. I have probably read each series 20 or more times (including now to my children).

Here's the step in a different direction. Movies will NEVER replace books for me, but one of the most memorable and moving experiences I have had around stories is seeing Tolkien and Lewis' books on the big screen. As a child I used to play for hours imagining myself in those worlds and feeling immersed in the recent big screen versions of those worlds was so magical for me.

One of the most fulfilling things of adult life is seeing my children learn and love to read ... and me sharing my old, dusty books from my own childhood to share with them.

Robert - Charlotte, NC

Mendi said...

I love the feel of books like you, Dawn. I even love the smell of old books! It is hard to find the time to read anymore, and this little reader would be great to carry around so I can read during down times. The most recent book I read that sticks in my mind is "Remembering Sprite" by Mark Levin. It is the story of the love and loss of the author's beloved dog. I read it just before losing my 17 year old dachshund, and it was a help to me when it was time to let go of him.

Ruth said...

Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Lessing written in the 1770's is a play/book everyone should read at least once. It is about relligious tolerance and how we come by our faith. I was in high school (25+ years ago) the first time I read it and I still remember the revelations it made and the impact it had on my attitude to different faiths.

Nikki said...

I will read anything. Two of my favorites as a child were Where the Red Fern Grows and The Upstairs Room. The need to see how it ended started with those books that continues today.

Juneau Poole Party said...

This would be so great!

Stephanie said...

Since it is the holiday season, An Idiot Girl's Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List by Laurie Notaro. There is a part in the book where she talks about Christmas socks and it is hilarious!

Stephanie@eyeballgirl.com

Rick said...

Books? I have read a few. How about Go Dog Go. I use to love to sit and stare at the illustration at the end of the book where all the dogs are up in the huge tree playing around. There. That's my literary moment. Deep, aren't I?

djw209 said...

The book my sister's keeper moved me to tears. I cried throughout the entire book. I didn't see the movie and I don't have plans on seeing the movie because they changed the ending so drastically.

Janna said...

I've had a digital reader on my Christmas list for years now. I would so love one of these. Nothing is worse than finishing a book while at a doctor appointment or on a plane and not having another book to get started on!

The Wizardess said...

I bawl my eyes out when I read. I feel the stories so much more than if I would be watching a movie. The lastest book that really got to me was "Dear John" by Nicholas Sparks. What an amazing author!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,
I'm a huge reader and I have to say that this year my two favorite books were My Sister's Keeper and The Time Travelers Wife. Such great books, they made me cry, laugh out loud, parts of them even made me mad so all in all great books. I would love to win this so I could take it on the road.

Bianka
rodriguezb100@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I, like you mentioned, love books: the smell, the feel, just having a new book is a great feeling for me...however this sony reader looks great. I would love to have one!
I try to read classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" again and again, laughing aloud and wiping tears each and every time...You'd think I would know what was going to happen by now! I remember something new each time! I also love "Jane Eyre". I try hard to pass the love of books to my kids: mixed success. My youngest is probably my most avid reader.

D

Laura said...

This sounds great! I love reading!

snippity1 said...

I love to read! I hardly find time these days...but I still love it! I've recently read 'The Last Song' by Nicholas Sparks. As always, his books move me to tears.

Sunshine Brown said...

I know "A million Little Pieces" was found to be a hoax and very exagerated but when I first read it, I literally cried, yelled, and at times, had to put the book down out of disgust. I have been an avid reader my entire life (in kindergarten, reading at a 6th grade level) and can tell you that "A Million Little Pieces" is the first book that I had that kind of reaction too. It was also the book that got my Fiance' (who HATED reading) started down the path of literary joy! For that, I am most grateful. Anyone who learns to love books is a personal joy to me.

Heritage Lake said...

P.S I Love You! ... the part where the little baby bunny says to the mommy..." I love you all the way to the moon and back!" I love when my girls were little they use to say that to me : )

Tammy said...

The part of Anne of Green Gables where Matthew dies kills me every time! And the part of Lorna Doone where Lorna is shot during the wedding ceremony tears me up, too!

Debbie Richardson said...

The first time I truly realized the power of the written word was when I was a child my mother was reading Watership Down. At a certain point she closed the book and put it in a drawer. For days the book sat in that drawer until I heard my parents arguing, my father sat my mother down, opened the drawer, took out the book and handed it to her.
"Finish it." he said.
"I can't." she cried. "If I finish it, it will be over."
She loved the book so much that the idea of finishing it was more than she could bear. That moment impacted my life and my love of books.

Katina said...

"And the tree was happy." That's my all-time favorite. I get chills every time I read The Giving Tree, and I am loving sharing it with my children now that they're old enough to appreciate it.

Amber said...

I love to read, and have just gotten back into it. I prefer to read rather than watch tv....Id have to say my favorite's are The time travelers wife and the Sookie Stackhouse series...I love a good book that can make you laugh, cry out loud and just really make you think....

Juneau Poole Party said...

I love any time I get to spend reading with my kids!

Kendra Field-Bennett said...

I don't have too much time to read now that I have become a parent to 4 kids under 6. It's a shame since it's something that is truly just for me and I miss it.
I read snippets of books in the car when I wait for my oldest to get out of school, or before bed. To have a portable electronic book might just help me find my way to escape reality again , if only just for a few minutes.

I'm in the middle of "On Strike for Christmas" by Sheila Roberts and am loving it...a bunch of moms who leave it to their hubbies to do the work one Christmas. great escapist read for this time of year!

Anonymous said...

I love reading but have to secretly do it in the bathroom away from my kids and husband. It would be great to have one of these to sneak in with me. A book is kind of tricky to hide under my shirt. _Laura Fisk

Anonymous said...

I love to read. I was a children's librarian for 15 years. My favorite moments are when I'm reading to a group of kids and look up to see them all looking intently and listening to the story, waiting for the next line. Now I'm getting to experience that with my own daughter.

Jill in Indiana

Missi said...

The Chicken Soup for the Soul Christmas Treasury for Kids. A new story every day & all about the season. My son, who doesn't like to read or even to be read to has been asking & looking forward to these short stories every night. I know this isn't an actual moment with an exact quote from the book, but just getting him "into" reading has been moving for me.

anti - ethnocentric said...

My literary moment was when I was reading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card for the first time. I was about 17 or 18. And as I read, I realized that my friend, who was much younger than me (about 12 or 13 at the time) had sent me the book because Ender and his pals made it okay to be smart. That being classified "gifted" wasn't a curse in your school life and a drudge among your parents' friends ("Oooh, your daughter's SO SMART!), but something you could celebrate. Something you could take all the way to the top.

That had such a profound effect on me as a teenager. I try to get all my friends' children to read Ender's Game now as early as possible...so they know it really is okay to be smart.

Julie M said...

The last book that had me crying was Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It was a story of a professor that had early onset Alzheimers. The part of the book where she couldn't remember where the bathroom was in her house and just went in the closet made me sob. My step-mom has Alzheimers and although she isn't to that point it touched a cord with me.

The Summers 5 said...

I am an avid reader. I read anything I can get my hands on whenever I can. Lately it has been hard as I am on the go alot and we have to go to so many doctor appointments. I would love to win this so that I always have a good book with me as I never remember to bring my big books with me...that and I have all my sons medical stuff that a big book would not be feasible for me to add to the mix. I am in love with the author Karen Kingsbury at the moment. She is a christian author and I feel like no matter what I am going through at the moment it seems the book always has a fitting message for me. It is just as though she is in my life and giving me advice to help me through even though the book was written years ago. I just love her!!!

bada*blingg said...

read the little house on the prarie books as a kid... something about those stories lit a fire inside of me & catapulted me into my love of reading... as a very introverted kid, it helped me to escape to a world all my own, & I will never forget the feeling i had when i was living through the pages with half pint in that log cabin...

jen said...

I would love this!! Not having to worry about the children ripping out my bookmarks! not having books laying all ove rthe house and the husband complaining that I bought a new book!


Jen in Ohio

caviar said...

I love books, from nerdy scholarly stuff to Harry Potter, but the moments that move me are often when I'm reading the Psalms. I think "Yeah, THAT'S what I meant." Or "Yeah, THAT'S what I needed to hear." Whether it's expressing my need for protection or my frustration with other people or my own guilt or the mind-blowing thought that whatever I said, God heard me, I've read it in the Psalms. I remember being at a funeral once and hearing verse after verse of comfort. My favorite was from the Psalms. "Precious to God is the death of His saints." That moves me.

Karen B said...

I love to read as well. I also remember Rhett's last line in Gone with the Wind, "Frankly, dear, I don't give a damn."

I am also a kindergarten teacher. The only thing better than reading myself is teaching my students to read. Some don't even know all the letters and sounds at the beginning of the year but by the end of the year, all are reading, some even chapter books!! Reading rocks!!!

Amanda H said...

I love reading! Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors. I laugh out loud at her books (I also laughed outloud at Because I Said so). My husband wanted to get me a Kindle for Christmas but I told him to wait to after the holidays. Santa has to be paid first lol. I also enjoyed the books you recommended by JA Konrath. Those were very good I just wish he would keep that series going. When my son 8 year od was in kindergarten he threatened to tell his teacher that all I do at night is read. Now he is a huge reader...it must have wore off on him.

Heidi said...

Although I've read a lot of books in my time, even the really poignant and deep ones didn't hit me until later. Probably the first time I can remember being "moved" by a book was in college - reading "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" and "Mrs. Dalloway." But the thing that really got to me was how easily I could apply the things I was learning from ancient philosophies studies to these modern classics, which reinforced how everything is connected. It was kind of a chilling moment to read a passage and be able to pin in down to some idea presented in Plato's Republic or some such.

When I reread books like 1984, Animal Farm and Brave New World in my late 20s - I was honestly struck by the similarities to the sad and horrible changes happening in our own society. And astonished that it took a 3rd or 4th reading to enlighten me.

Now I'm reading "The God Delusion." As an Atheist with a strong Protestant upbringing, it's comforting to see a lot of the things I first began questioning as a kid being explored in print. And it's a book that I hope my dad, a very spiritual person, will read because the instances that it questions and argues faith are just as strong for Christians as well; fighting for your beliefs is one of the most important things a person can do.

Finally, reading "Night" by Elie Wiesel allowed me a front row seat to the horrible injustices of the Holocaust. I am still floored by it and saddened over religious persecution. Even though I don't believe in anything, I fully feel that everyone has the right to freedom from religious persecution. Reading that, then watching the news and seeing other horrific examples of persecuting a person over their beliefs is like a punch in the stomach to me and it just makes me wonder if, in the 21st century, humans have learned nothing from the past.

kirine said...

I'm an avid reader. I think the first time I was moved by a book was reading Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in the fourth grade.

Tricia said...

One of my favorite things is to read some of the witty books from ye olden days. Like Jane Austen.

My favorite Austen line is...For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

rskmom said...

I love LaVyrle Spencer. Whenever I read Morning Glory, my heart aches. The way the main character wants to be loved so badly just moves me in my soul.

Meredith said...

I just finished "Firefly Lane" and I bawled like a baby at the end.

Niki said...

Ha, I loved The Grapes of Wrath. It's what peaked my interest in the depression era. I've read so many books that I've really enjoyed, it's hard to just pick one! No great empowerment moments though. Recently, I would say A Woman in Berlin had me compelled.

Jen@Scrapingirl said...

Lately my reading has consisted of homeschooling books. But I love when I read a new way to teach them, or when I read that they are doing just fine. I get so excited knowing I'm doing the best I can, with what God blessed me with. :)

justjaime31 said...

My aboslute FAVORITE book is "First Comes Love" by Marion Winik. Its a true story, i have read it probably 30 times. Its a great story about love, hate, drugs, kids, marriage. Its a very touching story about her life.

Miss Brenda said...

We moved over a year ago and just today I unpacked more books to the bookshelves. Like seeing old friends again. When Dumbledore says to Harry--When someone loves you enough to die for you, it changes who you are. Glad that Someone loved me that much. Thinking...what was all the fuss about?

WebGal said...

I read a lot, but two books that really amazed me have been Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth" and "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. These books just floored me. Made me remember my love for great writing (as opposed to the formulaic writing that I'd fallen into reading...not that it doesn't have it's place)

scarymelon said...

A reading moment that pops up in my mind is Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger; I love the entire world he creates through the Glass family. I also really, really want a Sony Reader and don't think I am getting one for Christmas.

Dawn said...

I love all of Jodi Picoult books. When I read those, I can't put it down and I end up so wrapped up in the story line. I find myself bawling while reading and afterwards.

Jill said...

Whenever I read Pride in Prejudice, my emotions are tied to Elizabeth Bennett. When she is offended by Darcy, I'm offended. When she is disappointed by Bingley (not wanting her sister), I am disappointed. When she is awed by Darcy's wealth and estate, I am awed. And when she and Darcy finally connect, I am overjoyed. That's what makes a book good--When you care about the characters, whether they are successful and whether they find happiness.

Frood said...

When I was in the third grade, our teacher read "Where the Red Fern Grows" to us. We even had the privilege of meeting the author, who lived in our community! Although I've long since lost my signed copy, I still remember Old Dan and Little Anne and have never been able to read the end without crying along with that classroom of 8-year-olds...and the one still inside me!

Katie said...

The first book to make me cry (even after multiple readings) was "Of Mice and Men" by Steinbeck.

I love the thought of an ereader, would love to try this out.

Sandy said...

I read "The Lovely Bones" not long after my older cousin died in a car accident. Seeing the similarities between the parents in the book and my aunt and uncle really got to me.

E said...

When I first Read "She's Come Undone" I sobbed. Cried like a baby, it was so heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. It took my second read for me to realize that the male author was able to perfectly capture the female voice. It remains one of my favorite books.

Meredith said...

I love to read...I can remember reading the Great Gatsby in high school and falling in love with the characters and the setting. But my favorite moment recently was reading The Tales of Despereaux to my four year old and watching her eyes light up with delight and even better...when she asked me to turn off the movie because the book was so much better!!!

Bonnie said...

I'm in my 40's and my kids are long past the Dr. Seuss stage but I still love Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss made me realize that words can be fun AND meaningful. How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Oh, the Places You'll Go are two of my favorites. I'm an avid reader and it would be very difficult to pick a favorite book or quote.

Steff said...

I have always loved to read and I think it is because when you read you are transported to a different place. The words do move you. My favorite book is the Bible because no matter what you need, you can find it in there. It is the one book you can read over and over and find something new. I will be a scholar of the Bible until the day I die, and I will never fully know it. It will never stop moving me. It is the master of all words.

Heather said...

When I was a young girl I read "the Little Princess" and realized for the first time how powerful words could be. When father and daughter are reunited it moved me so deeply. Still one of my favorite books, and I shared it with my daughters but it didn't move them the same. Which is OK because what is special to one, isn't supposed to be special to all. (Although I was disappointed as a Mom that my daughters did not love it as much as me!)

Rox said...

I love to read and try to read at least a few pages every night before bed. One of my many favorite books is the The Shack, even though it is fictional it was a great picture of God's unconditional love for me! Thanks!

ClistyB said...

words seem to move my kids, as the oldest three are constantly reading books. And I thought I read lots when I was young. I have nothing on them!!
It never ceases to amaze me the things they learn in books. Even better when they start to spout off things in conversation.
I actually think an e-reader is on their list for Christmas.

Jen_Jake'smom said...

At the end of Jane Eyre, he asks her "Am I hideous?" And she says "Quite. You always were." Awesome.

mnkristy said...

I would love to win this. There are many books that move me to tears..."The Hiding Place" is one that comes to mind. I remember trying to read it aloud to my son and having to choke back tears.

Cheryl B said...

The first time a book ever moved me was when as a young mother, I read to my son the book "Love You Forever". I barely choked back tears when reading "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you'll be." It's amazing how that book put into words the incredible feelings you have for your children.

Bonnie said...

The last book I read that made me cry was "One Tuesday Morning" by Karen Kingsbury, which is a fictional tale about how the 9/11 terror attacks affected 2 families. I cried some serious tears over this one.

dhaynes said...

Tuesdays with Morrie is one of my all time favorites. I belong to a book club and it was chosen for us to read. After reading it I then watched the movie and cried even harder! What a touching story, if someone isn't moved by this movie there's gotta be something seriously wrong with them! I think my second favorite is Brian's Song, I cried thru that one as well - lol. Normally I like Stephen King, John Grishom, Dean Koontz, and of course Dawn Meehan. Dawn's book really made me laugh out loud! You should've seen the looks I got in the airport and on the plane while reading and laughing, priceless. I would just love to have the Sony Reader and this time I'm asking for myself not the grandkids! ha ha

All of Us said...

I remember reading Where The Red Fern Grows and sitting in my bed crying. I am not a crying person, even funerals, but something about it got me. And I just noticed that the first comment left says the same thing. Thank goodness for a wonderful mother who instilled a love of books in all of us. We all still keep anywhere from 2-6 books going at the same time.

little castle said...

I am a huge reader. I have been as long as I can remember. One moment that moved me was while reading Wallace Stegner's book, Crossing to Safety.

I saw myself and my best friend in the book and knew that I'd handle our life together and her death, if she leaves before me, exactly how the character did in the book. I loved the raw honesty the book delivered. It didn't just gloss over the human aspects of being friends. It is seeing the human parts of each other, and still loving, that makes one great friends I think. This book displayed that truth time and time again.

Kim said...

I love books in theory, but don't have the time to read anything outside of the bathroom! But growing up I read the book "The Man Who Loved Clowns" by June Rae wood. Not only did I bawl, but it opened the world of the mentally handicapped to my young naive mind, to the point that even today I want to adopt a child with down's syndrome. I usually don't cry (unless I'm horribly frustrated about something) so when I was crying while reading this book my mom got worried! Anyway, it moved me to the point that I even wrote to the author-- and she wrote back! I'll never forget it and it's a book I'll be passing on to my kids.

VegasChristina said...

Books have always been a part of my life. Some books are like mere acquaintances and I've only read them once, while others are like a good friend, and have been read time and time again. My absolute favorites are historical romances because I can be swept to another time and place where I can live the lives that are impossible for me to live now.

Barbara said...

There's a fantastic book called "Merle's Door", written about a dog one man found while on a trek. Picture a very loving, serious look at what it means to have a dog that is literally life changing. Since dogs predecease us, I knew I would be sobbing near the end, but I walked away so much richer for knowing this story. I recommend it to all dog lovers, regardless of the good cry you have to gear up for!!

Cheri said...

I love reading and am a part of 2 books clubs. Cleopatra's Daughter was a recent book we read and I loved it because I didn't know anything about the situation Cleopatra left to her children when she committed suicide. I love how I can learn something from amazing characters.

Who needs sleep? said...

I love to read, and try to find time every day to partake in a good book. I've had many literature moments, but the most recent one that sticks out happened while reading "The Lovely Bones" just a few months after having my baby boy. I cried so much while reading that book. It sticks out as one of my top books of all times.

Peterson Family said...

I picked up the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven and a few days later my husband's best friend lost an 18 month battle with a brain tumor. By the time I finished the book, I had sobbed so much. And I was hopeful. I love the idea that Heaven is what we make it to be. That we can be surrounded with hope and love and even protect people we love. The book was inspirational and moving and sad all at the same time. I own the book and the movie. Whenever I watch the movie or read the book, I always think of our wonderful friend, Dave, and wonder what his Heaven is like. I am sure it is filled with music and laughter.

Mayberry Mom said...

I'm a huge reader. I mean, look at my little avatar!!

I admit, I love a good romance. I love to read how people meet, get to know each other and fall in love.

I just recently read the book "Vision in White" by Nora Roberts. I loved that the hero in the book was a little nerdy and awkward~like someone I know! Someone I married!!

I love reading books and seeing bits and pieces of the people I know in the characters.

Lisa said...

It was hard for me to pick just one moment because I have had so many wonderful moving moments in books, but I have to say just recently I read “The Shack” by Paul Young. I don’t get a whole lot of time to read these days because I have 3 kids, but I literally could not put that book down. I teach Sunday school and I was sick and I couldn’t go to church (I didn’t want to spread my germ to the children). I sat here while my husband and kids were at church in the quiet and read from chapter 4 to the end of the book. I was moved at so many parts of this book. I had happiness, I had anger, lots and lots of anger, I cried like a baby at parts. It was one of the best books I ever read.

Emily Mea said...

I am a huge reader. I cried my way through the last few chapters of "Play to the Angel" last time I read it. Tears of frustrations melting into tears of sadness melting into tears of joy.

I am such a sucker for children's novels.

Cookie said...

The Time Travelers wife. The whole booked moved me. Even though it was incredibly long, I was sad when I finished reading it and so I read it again.

Jennie said...

I have to say that the end of "The Giver" moved me in ways I didn't expect. When I first read it, I was reading it aloud to my group of summer campers. When I reached the end, half of us were crying and the other half were looking at us like we had grown third eyes in our forehead. Turns out we had thought the worst, and they had thought the best. That's what you get with an open ended book; you learn if you're truly an optimist or a pessimist.

Meredith said...

I love to read. I think one of the most moving books I have read was Charly by Jack Weyland. That book makes me cry everytime I read it. And I read it at least once or twice a year.

~Meredith F.
rosesaremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

Lisa said...

James Patterson "Run For Your Life" "My bathrobe wafted out behind me like Batman's cape as I hightailed it to the kitchen. I ripped the garbage bag out of the pail and sprinted back to Trents room with the empty barrel amd threw open hid door just in time to watch him lose it from the top bunk.

How many times have I run to catch puke before it hits the carpets and walls only to fail and have to clean it all up...this made me laugh because you could just see him rushing.

Its a great book too.
Stormy5475@aol.com

If I win I may never have to pay late fee's ever again!!!

Jawan said...

Reading is something I enjoy but don't have alot of time for. Therefore, the books on my nightstand are far from being novels. I can't find the time to keep up with the storyline since weeks will pass after reading the previous chapter. Most of what I read now are actually magazines such as WORLD, Kraft Foods (I like to eat), and Family Fun. Isn't that sad?

If I had to choose a memorable moment in my life that impacted me regarding a book(s), it would have to be any biography that I got my hands on. I love reading about the true details of someone's life. Those real stories fascinate me!

Renee Powell said...

There are so many that have touched me. Notes left behind is a wonderful tribute to a little girl that had a brain tumor. The family's fight, determination and love had me crying and laughing at the same time.

Anonymous said...

My 3rd grade teacher read Charlotte's Web to us. She was the perfect voice of Charlotte! I'm reading the book to my kids, 8 and 5, right now, but I wish I could bring in Mrs. Kraft to do Charlotte's voice for me!

She also read us Where the Red Fern Grows. What is it about that book?! I remember crying over that one. I should read it again.

Becky C.

Keekee said...

I'm not a HUGE reader but my husband is. I have read all the Harry Potter's and Twilight books. LOL However, my husband devours books, well not literally LOL, but he would LOVE LOVE LOVE the reader. I hope I win it for him!

Julie B. said...

The first time I fell in love with books was when I was in 3rd Grade, and my teacher, Mrs. Studley suggested I read The Velveteen Rabbit. I don't know why, exactly, as 9 was a LONG, LONG time ago, but that book really touched me. It was Mrs. Studley who showed me, without embarassing me in front of the class, that when I needed to escape from reality for a little while, my little personal "mini-vacation" was only as far away as the library. (I had a pretty disfunctional childhood, alcoholic father, lost in a bunch of kids, and EXTREMELY shy, and picked on at school.) Books have been my harbor in the storms of life ever since.
Like you, I don't read deep stuff... too much deep stuff going on in the real world. Give me some drama, or a good laugh any day!

Christine H. from Cortlandt Manor, NY said...

Hi Dawn!

1st I was wondering why you are back to posting on 2 blogs? What happened to Review Mondays?

2nd I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to read. EVERY moment I am reading is a moving moment. I get so lost in the books that I read. The Twilight series are the latest books I have read and boy did I run the gamut of emotions from laughing to crying to pulling my hair out.I can't wait ot read them again!!!!

Every laugh and tear is so worth it every time!

I would really love to win this Sony reader as the Twilight series I just read are ALL e-books, so now I am really glued to my computer. Winning this reader would allow my children some well deserved computer time to do homework! (And play games) Hey! Is your book downloadable? I could download it!!!
Merry Christmas!
I love your blogs!

Anonymous said...

I'm a huge reader and often reread my old books. Some of them are literally falling apart from love, so this would be great for me! There are so many books that have moved me, and I've recently changed genres and mainly read non-fiction. But one of my favorite books of all time is "I Heard the Owl Call My Name" by Margaret Craven. It's the story of a young Anglican priest who goes to rural Canada to serve the native people. He learns so much from them.

Brenda L. in South Carolina

Michael said...

I've always loved to read. When my mother taught me how to, I ran with it and haven't looked back. I've read a ton of books that have touched me, there was one in particular that really got to me.

When I was 19, I was the two-year-old teacher at a daycare. One of my duty's was to watch the three and four-year-old class while they napped, so that their teacher could take a break. The day had been particularly rough. I can't remember everything that happend, but everything seemed to have gone wrong all day long. It was a horrible day and I honestly felt like no one could understand.

One of my habits was to read a couple children's books while the kids slept. I happened to pick up, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." While reading I felt so badly for Alexander. Everything was going wrong and it wasn't his fault. He was trying his best! When I got to the end of the book and read the letter his teacher wrote him, I broke down in that dark classroom. Someone understood! That made all the difference in the world.

Rebecca Prochniak said...

I'd love a Sony Reader! I've got the Kindle app on my phone but it just isn't as neat. I've heard a lot of good things!

Much More Than Mommy said...

I wish I had something more profound, but the last book that really moved me was one in the Confessions of a Shopaholic series. The main character made me SO MAD, I had to put the book down at least 7 times in 3 chapters, or something like that. But I've still read the whole series, because those books are great for light reading! ~ Vanessa

Brandy said...

I have a hard time staying with a book b/c I need to read some things over and over again before I hold on to what I read. But when I hear a story told I can remember it sometimes word for word. This sounds like something that could bring back my love of reading! Thanks to the chance to win!!

Kristina said...

My aunt was a teacher and she was always reading to me. Our favorite books were the Little House series. I would look forward to weekends at her house where we would take turns reading a chapter to each other. For my last birthday (30!), she bought me a new set. She had bought me the first set for my 8th birthday and we had read it so many times the pages were falling out. I can't wait until my kids are old enough for me to start reading to them about Laura and all her adventures.

Merrie said...

Most recently I was moved to tears by "The Shack."
The moment when the little girl runs into the arms of Jesus, laughing and hugging him like he was her best friend. The peace that it brought in that moment not only to the character, but to me, was overwhelming. I know a book is special when it brings tears, and even now that memory does the same.

Mrs Groovy said...

I've always loved reading and so has my teenage daughter but my son resisted it with his every being. The greatest feeling for me when we started home schooling and during the reading times we'd all be on the couch with me in the middle reading his third grade book and my teenager was just as hooked as he and I were. Now we enjoy our daily story time together and I've even caught him reading by himself and enjoying it!!

JJ said...

As a teenager I was introduced to the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery. I read every book in the series over and over and over - to the degree that I actually began to think they were real people instead of characters!

Bateman Family 2009 said...

I have so many moments that literature has inspired me. One that stands out is when I was reading The Bible actually. "endure to the end, and ye shall be lifted up on the last day" It made me think that if I just keep on trying and doing my best, it will all pay off. I needed to read that and it got me through a really tough time.

Zoodhie said...

When I was still battling infertility, the Baby Catcher, really was my cornerstone. Not only was it packed with stories of babies being born but the section where she talks about her miscarriage and how baby souls are returned to you so you will have the baby you were meant to have one way or another, really did it for me. I had recently lost my first baby so I felt so comforted by the thought, it was beyond belief!!

Lynn said...

So I'm scrolling down to the bottom of the comments so I can post one and I'm thinkin' yeah, right like I've really got a chance. But...I really want a reader and I really can't afford it but more than that I actually had a literary moment to talk about. I was reading a book by Sharon Souza called "Every Good and Perfect Gift". If I'd realized what it was about I probably wouldn't have read it because it hits way too close to home. One of the characters develops early onset Alzheimer's. Although my mom's dementia wasn't early onset, the book really made me think of what my mom went through. Did she have moments when she was lucid? Did she have a clue what was going on? So that's my literary moment...

Valerie P said...

I love to read and the books that have moved me are the chicken soup for the soul series...

I would love love to win this reader.

Dan said...

The point in Dr. Zhivago when it becomes clear that Lara and Dr. Zhivago will never be together again. True sadness to my adolescent mind.

Angela said...

As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.

Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With The Wind. It moved me as a young teen and it still does to this day.

Grilka said...

I love, love books. I've always got my nose in a book even at night if I cant sleep I'm listening to an audio book. Currently I'm listening to the Jim Butcher Dresden Files, but that may be because James Marsters is reading them - and he could read me the phone book!!

~Grilka from the UK

havfaith said...

I didn't make it through all the comments, but comment #1 (Aviva) was so close to what I was about to post! heh Awesome book! In probably 4th grade or so, I was reading Where the Red Fern Grows while riding somewhere in the car. My sister saw tears rolling down my face and asked what was wrong. Anyone who's read the book knows that moment. She commented that it was cool I could get so into a book. That is still one of my most favorite books ever. And yeah, I still cry every time!

I keep checking out those readers (Sony and others) since I travel for my job. It would be SO nice to have one!

Amy said...

A special book in my family is Little Women. My mom picked my name from it. I love the story and now my 9 year old has read it 3 times.

Frau Mahlzahn said...

There are two quotes that I absolutely will never forget: The first one is out of a play by Sam Shepard, one of the character accuses the others: "You've all got a secret. It's so secret, in fact, you all have forgotten it ever existed." (Well, something along the line.) The other is out of Michael Ondaatjes wonderful novel, In the skin of a lion, where he writes about the main character, who never really feels comfortable with himself, and uses the metaphor of a stone, that he swallowed, when he was younger, and that there had been a few occasions, when he could have spit it out, but didn't, so he keeps carrying this stone around with himself. I really liked that and it touched me a whole lot.

So long,
Corinna

Val said...

I am a lighter reader also. My favorite series has got to be Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum. For the past three years I have re read the whole series (15 books now) before the new one comes out in June. It would be great to have this reader so that my actual book collection won't get too worn!

Beverly said...

Discovering the Jane Austen books as an adult was such a delight for me. As a homeschool mom to five, I am often surrounded by books. I would love to have the Sony reader for those few moments I get to myself these days.

Thanks Dawn. You are the best!

Khammer said...

ME! ME! ME! I have been drooling over this forever!!!!!

Jenny said...

My favorite classic is "To Kill a Mockingbird." I love the writer's style and his subtle way of condemning racism. I also like how the main character fights racism even when he knows he will never win the case. (can you tell I have a terrible memory for names?). I picked up that book to read one summer out of pure boredom. That decision also taught me to take risks and read more books since it was such a rewarding read.

Quality Chick said...

I remember learning to read - before that moment I would take my books and circle the words I knew in crayon. The day I learned to read at school was memorable and life changing. I still remember sitting at the table in the corner of the classroom having the wonder of books now available to me! Since then I have never been without a book (or two or three or four or more!) And I love all the same classics as you - but my favorite is Good Night Moon!

Christina said...

I am a very avid reader and have been for as long as I can remember. For me there have been lots of literary moments that moved me. I remember reading the story of Ann Frank in middle school...required reading is always the harder...but I loved the book. I love to read biographies and read about someones life.

SMK said...

2 things come to mind. After reading Stephen King's The Stand, I was so lost without those characters that I couldn't read another book for over a month! I fell HARD for that book.

I've read all the Harry Potters and out of all of the suspense, action, love and loss, losing Dobby made me fully cry and put the book down for a while. Sniff!

Diana said...

I am a compulsive reader...I read everything...even the paper that comes inside prescription boxes...I do occasionally read something that really gets to me. When I finished reading John Adams, I realized how much of a behind the scenes influence he had in our early days of the republic; I read the whole series of Master and Commander and I cried because I didn't want the adventure to end at number 21. When I volunteered to read to a class of fourth graders, I read to them The Keeping Quilt. I cried through most of the book, because it reminded me of a generational table cloth I have.

The Johnson's said...

Books are quite the escape at our house. My 4 year old loves to be read to and it's be fun watching him as he learns to read. Most recently I have read The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks and it was a real tear jerker. Jodi Piccoult is also famous for writing books with twists that leave me sobbing and wanting to know how that just happened. If I really just want to read a good crime novel I'll pick up something by James Patterson and will typically have it read in two days!

Sara said...

Being a librarian there are many books that have moved me, made me laugh or made me cry. Water for Elephants has to be one of the best I read in quite awhile. And for a good laugh you can always count on Janet Evanovich. Her latest one was hilarious!!

Janet said...

Hi Dawn, I'm an avid reader. My mothers favorite series growing up was the Chalet School books. When she passed away a few years ago, I kept the series of about 50 books. Whenever I'm feeling sad and miss my Moms, I pick up the next book in the series and read it and think about her as a child growing up reading these books. It makes me feel closer to her reading the books that were a big part of her childhood.
The sony reader looks so cool!

Krys72599 said...

Anything by Richard Bach makes it into my collection of quotes. Jonathan Livingston Seagull has to be one of my favorites. The idea that you really are worthy, of value - I recommended this to both of my teenage nieces and nephews - they loved it, too (after the initial grumbling about reading such an "old book.").

Liz said...

Here's a moment to might appreciate being a reader of humor and romance. I was reading the dinner party scene from Lois McMasters Bujold's a Civil Campaign on the bus. It was slightly embarrassing when someone asked me what was so funny and I realized that I was actually laughing out loud.

Thanks for the great contest.

Deirdrea said...

I'd say that one of my moments was on one of my several reads through Anne of Green Gables. I just love that book. It always makes me smile and laugh and cry to relive Anne's life over and over with her. It's such a wonderful read and when I'm not feeling well I always pull this book out and curl up and feel better by reliving this wonderful story over and over again.

The Sony reader would get so much use. To always have a book with me that took place of my book, my back up book, and my back up back up book that I have all over the place.

Rosemarie said...

I LOVE books....my favorite after all these years is still "Catcher in the Rye". Thank goodness my daughter has inherited my love of reading!

Anonymous said...

I read all the time and have wondered if these machines are "worth" it. I also love the page turning, etc, but the convenience of a small portable device holding MANY books at once (I have been know to read 3-5 books at one time)has me wondering. One of my favorite series is the Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson. The entire series is amazing. It shows how a deverse group of women can find one common bond and grow together even when sometimes the odds are against them. Now the series is (sort of continuing) with the next series, The House of Hope Series, involving many of the same characters.
Shannon
in South Carolina

Sharon Harris said...

I love books and can't believe the reader will replace them. Winning this wouold give me a chance to fairly compare them.

Sara said...

I've always loved reading. As far back as I can remember, I loved the solitude of curling up in my room by myself combined with the adventure of immersing myself in a story. Now I love reading to my 2-year old and watching as her understanding grows. She now loves to "read" the stories back to me, which I couldn't enjoy more (despite the fact that she either leaves out most of the words or just makes up her own story for the pictures)!

Sheila said...

Reading has always held such wonder for me. When I was growing up, I would read everything I could get my hands on. Then, I would dream of faraway places. Reading has continued to be my escape from reality. I love any good book that grabs me from the first paragraph and then sucks me in until I completely lose track of time and my surroundings. Not really one special moment that stands out because every time I read it's a wonderful experience.

Chris said...

I don't remember ever not being able to read. There was a time when I could read four or five books in a week. I don't have that kind of time any longer but I still have a book in front of me all the time.

Two years ago a friend recommended the Outlander series (Diana Gabaldon) to me. Blindly, I bought the first book and got lost in the beautiful story and Diana's incredibly brilliant descriptions. I read the first six books back to back and each book is close to a thousand pages.

Rarely do you find an author who makes the characters come SO alive that you dream about them, and feel like they're real people. When you care so much about what happens, and can't wait until the next book comes out, you know you've found a winner in both the books and the author!

My thanks to my friend for introducing me to Claire and Jamie and all of their friends!!

Chris in PA

Carrie M. said...

I used to read - ALOT! But being a mother of 4 kids now I find my time is at a minimum. This would be wonderful. To be able to pull a good book out of my purse while at the park, or in the waiting room of the doctor would be awesome!

KimClaytonInMD said...

I have vivid memories of reading "Misery" by Stephen King and sleeping with the lights on for weeks. Yes, I was an adult when I read it! This business of ghosts and ghouls doesn't scare me at all -- but "Misery" could really happen!

homeskool said...

I love to watch my chidlren read, and one of my favorite moments was when my, then 9 year old daughter wanted me to discuss the differences in character development of Victor Hugo in the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Miserables.

Mandy Ferguson said...

I love to read! And while I do occasionally read the deep, thought provoking books, I'm like you and prefer the humor, the light romance, some historical fiction.
One of my favorite memories is sitting in my dorm room with about 5 other girls reading a Dave Barry book alound during finals week. Dave Barry is always funny but you add the stress of finals and you get 5 girls who can barely breath from laughing so hard.
I would love to win a Sony Pocket Reader. I love books too, but this would be fun to take on trips or just have in my purse when I get stuck in line somewhere.:)
Mandy

Edee said...

I've been reading a lot of Jodi Picoult lately. Quick, good reads! And, there are always a couple of twists in each book that are unexpected.
I read as much as I can. I've been looking at these readers with much consideration. I'd like to try one out. I, too, love the feel of a book, but it would be really nice to have something like this while I wait at voice lessons, swimming lessons, etc.

Mom of Army Brats. said...

There is a book called Every womens battle. Its speaks about what we as women do sometimes that are not very godly, yet we dont think we are doing any thing wrong. Well before I became the christian I am, I read the book to kill time. What a powerful book. The next day I quit my job, because of that book. I noticed that I was not paying attention to my husband the way a wife should, and the way I was talking to some other men at work was totally wrong.. That book saved my marriage

~Tammy~ said...

The first that came to my mind was "Tom Sawyer"... I still can't get through Tom doctoring the cat without tears of laughter streaming down my face. Or my heart thudding when I read "But Injun Joe is in the cave!"

I love to read. I seldom leave the house without a book with me. Travel requires several books, since I do read fast. Sounds like a pocket reader would be perfect!

Tiffany said...

I am what I guess you'd consider a HUGE reader and when I was younger (pre kid) you'd almost always find a book in front of my face. My only "problem" is that I just absolutely can't re-read any books minus a very few. One book that I have been able to re-read and actually enjoyed doing so is The Time Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews. It's a divine adventure about to unfold throughout the story that uncovers Seven Decisions and the importance they play in each person's life. This book really touched me and I have recomended it to any and everyone. It really made me sit and look at how things in my life effect me and those around me. I loved it!

Julie said...

I love to read, so pin-pointing one moment is hard. I'll go with fourth grade and reading Where the Red Fern Grows. That book moved me and has stayed with me all these years. I've made sure that my children read it as well.

Simple Country Girl said...

I love to read when I get the chance. But my busy life doesn't allow much time for it! My daughter will sit down and read a book from front to back in less than a day. She is like me when I was younger, a book worm =).

Sallie said...

Some of my fondest, earliest memories are of my father sitting on the edge of my bed, reading chapters of Tom Sawyer and Charlotte's Web and the Little House series to me. That experience nurtured a love of books that I've passed along to our children. But of all the books read and shared over all the years, probably the most moving experience was reading "The Mulberry Bird" to my 4-year-old daughter for the first time. The poignant adoption parable touched my daughter's heart so deeply that tears trickled down her cheeks in empathy for the mother and baby bird...and that literary experience continues to be a touchstone as we process the complex feelings adoption brings.

Tammy said...

I love to read, nothing is better than a good book but with 4 kids under 8 that doesn't happen much anymore. However, when I sneak away to the bathroom I try to read a page or two so I guess words still do "move me" so to speak. However, my most favorite book is by Dr. Seuss, "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are." When we have a bad day or the kids are whiny I pull out that book and it seems to right the mood. I would love a Sony Reader so I can get back to my true love.

Ginny said...

I've been a lurker for years, so hello...I've gone back to school to get my teaching certificate (high school English--whoo hoo) and this semester one of my instructors required us to read a popular young adult novel. Of course, Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" was the one recommended to me by EVERY teenage girl (and a few boys) I surveyed. I picked it up and could not believe how much I enjoyed it! I was so moved by the way Meyer describes first love--the excitement and emotion. It really took me back to those days before hubby, child, messy house, etc. and how it felt to be young, free and so in love with someone. I got together with my best girlfriends a couple of weeks ago and one of them said she felt the same way when reading "Twilight" and we both admitted that we cried a couple of times (unlike her, I didn't have a teenage daughter around to see me getting weepy over a book--thank goodness!). It may seem hokey, but that is the book that most moved me recently.
Merry Christmas!

Stella said...

I had the most amazing Senior English teacher in high school. She was this nun that could have easily been called Sr. Mary Linebacker. She made me fall in love with Shakespeare- Hamlet, MAcbeth. She showed me Dostoyevsky and made me enjoy Crime and Punishment. She kept me grounded and she introduced to one of the most influential books I've ever read- The Inferno, by Dante. I, to this day in my own classroom, make reference to that book. I tell my students to read it because it shows us that the lives we lead can lead us to our own person demons and they are all conquerable!
I still keep in touch with her and she still talks about Dante with me. I will hold that with me forever.

G.T. said...

My most recent literary moment was when I got a bit choked up at the end of Neil Gaiman's "The Graveyard Book." Great books like that, full of living, breathing characters, are the kind that you don't want to end, and when they do, it can be heart-breaking. Sure, you can start it over and read it again, but it's never the same as that first read-through.

Gayle said...

What an awesome little gadget...I can imagine how great they would be on a long trip. I personally love to read and my favorite authors are Dean Koontz, VC Andrews and John Grisham. I think my favorite book of all time is probably Flowers in the Attic. Becuase I grew up in a rough household situation, that book really hit home to me and I could feel the pain that the 4 children felt from being locked in that room and attic for 4 years.

Anonymous said...

My Grandmother bought me Farmer Boy when I was in 3rd grade. That started my lifelong love of reading. I have read all of the Wilder books multiple times since. Don't have an account but I am Toni in San Diego.

Anonymous said...

I love books but never seem to have enough hands to keep them with me as I have 4 kids! The 4 yr old twins keep me the busiest during the day & love to 'read' mommies books so usually I don't even bother getting them down.

My favorite book is the Bible: Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.

Reminds me daily to strive to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Thanks,
Dawn P.

Cinderella said...

That's pretty hard because I read a lot. A moment that moved me? Off the top of my head (because I've reread them recently), there's a series of books called the Mitford series about an Episcopalian priest in a small town. Think Little House meets Northern Exposure. Anyway, the priest ends up taking care of a juvenile delinquent permanently and somewhere in book 3 or 4, Dooley calls him "dad" in the middle of a crisis and it just made me bawl.

The Mathies Family said...

I love to read and there are so many countless examples I can think of when I was moved by something I read. However, an exciting moment for me was when my 2 year old daughter began filling in stories (began with Goodnight Moon), and then "reading" to herself. I'm so glad that the love of reading has been passed along to her!

The Mommy said...

I was moved by the "Left Behind" series. Because of that series, my husband and I connected on a spiritual level that we hadn't been to together before and we've made changes in our lives based on the journey that we took through those books.

Dana said...

I fell in love with reading as a small child. My favorite past time ever! I love cuddling up with a good book and being transported to that time and place. Sometimes I just can't wait to get back into the book if I have gotten pulled away. With small kids I don't get as much reading done as I used to, but I truly hope they grow up to enjoy it as much as I do. I have some books I have read over and over and over!

Bethany said...

I think a good book is like a good movie. One that you have read or watched a thousand times and can quote at a moments notice. My favorite book is The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, it's the kind of book you can start at any point and be completely drawn in.

Melanie O said...

I don't remember the book but it was an older lady talking with a younger relative about loss and she said, "you don't ever get over the death, you get through it, but it stays with you always, and that's ok." That struck me as a wonderful way to look at the death of a loved one.

Live in Moments said...

Never being a fan of reading "literary" books in school, I have grown to love those wit centered and life telling stories of CHICK-LIT! I can always find one to fit my current situation - recently single, mourning a death, career oriented woman, new love, etc. Being recently out of a long relationship, my friend gave me "Chasing Harry Winston" by Lauren Weisberger. As cliche as it sounds - it reminded me that friends will always be the core of your support and that men will come and go but until you find the right one, there's no use in settling down.

I love connecting in those stories with the characters because you feel like one person - so much so you cry, you laugh and you wish the best for them and are almost sad to see them go at the end.

Hally said...

Oooohhh. I just finished 'The Horse Boy' and I have to say it was awesome. Not just a travel journey book, not just a parenting book, not a commentary on religion but an intricate balance.
My most enlightening moment from that book was a phrase about 'not looking for a cure (for his son). They loved him the way he was, but they needed some family healing'. And I was struck. How do we just single out the family as a unit and work on that?
ps...my most enlightening young reader moment was the 'Anne of Avonlea' series. Those books were addicting to a young girl!

Jennifer said...

I have always loved to read. One book I read in the last year turned out to be very different than I expected. I thought it would be a light read but ended up being about a family whose oldest daughter was dying of leukemia. The story was told in the viewpoint of the younger sister. I had recently lost my mother and wasn't intending to read such a sad book. But struggling through the grief in the book helped me struggle through some of my own grief.

thebanditswife said...

I am an avid reader. I have read everything from literature, romance novels and everything in between. My most favorite book that I can read over and over again is The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood.

Karen said...

I am an avid reader. There's always a book on CD in my car and at least one on my nightstand. Like you, I also love the physicality of books - their feel, their smell. I could spend an entire week in Barnes and Noble or the library and never be bored.

Anyway, one book that really moved me was Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson. The ending caught me by surprise and I found myself sobbing in my car on the way to work while listening to it. But there's a line in the boook that still sticks with me to this day - "Isn't it lucky?" The main character says it about her life and I feel it when I think of all I'm blessed with.

Shayna Mills said...

I'd love to win this, I love to read and make time for it most evenings. I'm a mystery/suspense kind of gal, I love being scared by books but won't dare watch a scary movie LOL. I will cuddle up on the couch with cocoa and blanket and my mystery suspense book and read until my eyes hurt to stay open but to scared to close them. :) I love Clancy, Kootz, The Prey series, Dan Brown, and Stephen King. Thanks for doing this giveaway.

Jennie gee said...

I am an avid reader and also have trouble remembering important lines. I think reading is the key to keeping your mind alert- and is of the utmost importance for our children too. I would love this not only for myself but for my son on those days were 'waiting' is pure you know what. Right now I am going through Anais Nin's diaries, no small feat. The best quote is- With you one goes so far away from reality with you I must buy a return ticket, I am afraid never to come back here.' I messed that one up a little...see!

The Dickinson Diaries said...

i have read so many books in my short lifetime of 27 years that it is hard to remember one specific moment in time that totally moved me. i can say however the set of books that began my wonderous journey into the world of books was back in elementary school reading beverly clearly - beezus and ramona, henry and ribsy, etc. from that time on, my life was opened to the wonderful world of books!

thank you!

Lisa said...

I love to read, but having 3 kids under 4 years old, I don't get to do much reading for me right now. I do get my fix in though by listening to audio books anytime I am in the car. My i-pod is full of audio books, and I don't think I've even used it once for music. Maybe when my kids get a little older I will be able to read more. (Or if I had a Sony Reader, I would make more time just to read from it :)) Recently, I was really moved by seeing my oldest (4 years old), fall in love with the Ramona books my husband is reading to her. I saved some of my favorite books from when I was young, and now my daughter is loving them. Although, she has been hearing them since birth... I would read Laura Ingalls Wilder to her while nursing her. I did that until she no longer took a bottle. Maybe that has helped contribute to her love of reading. Now if only my other 2 were as into books as my oldest...

MRMD_GRL said...

Quiet Strength by Tony dungee.. Being a girl, I had heard about this book, and knew it was kinda "manly" but a good friend of mine, who knew a great deal about my life and what i've been thru, said trust me and just read the first 50 pages, if you aren't hooked, no harm no foul. Up for the challenge, I went for it. And was inspired. Reading how a Christian man, brought faith into football and shaped his team to not only be good players, but make positive contributions to the betterment of the world was a great true story read. I commend Coach Dungee for his accomplishments and an blessed he shared his expereince, that yes one man can make a difference.

Bobbie from Michigan said...

I so love to read ----- it helps to escape from the "realities" of every day life. I can laugh, cry and love with the characters of the book and then when I'm done it lets me look at my life in a different light.

Anonymous said...

Like you, I am a book lover - love the feel of them, turning the pages, going back to the front to admire the cover art - I always have a book with me! But all of my family and friends keep telling me how much I would love one of these, so I am eager to try it out.

I have been deeply moved by two books in my life, the first is My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult. This book brought me to tears quite a few times and left me with a lot to think about at the end. The second one was a sleeper to me, I heard about it on paperbackswap and read it and it left me sobbing and gasping by the end, it is All the Numbers by Judy Merrill Larsen, about a mom who loses one of her two sons in a jet ski accident. So very sad and tragic (esp since I have two boys) but also hopeful. Thanks for doing this Dawn!

Deb

I inCYST said...

I need this. I have a book that I have owned for over a year and have only gotten four chapters done. I am always so busy with teh kids. I have time in between pick ups (like you) or whatever but if I bring the book it will get lost in the cheerios and fruit snack covered car!

Cam said...

Hey, I want it! For my wife. She reads the Twilight books all the time, and this would reduce the strain on her wrists from always holding books, which would keep her from having to get carpel tunnel surgery in the future. Pick me!

Anonymous said...

Since I retired last Dec 19th I have read 4 or 5 books each week. I am catching up from when I had no time to read due to work and running our two sons every where. I love reading books on the Amish, quilting stories, and The Cat who books.
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Sandy

April said...

The last "moving" book I read was "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro. I don't want to spoil the plot, but it certainly made me appreciate the simple liberties that we take for granted.

Jennifer said...

I LOVE books and reading. The last "moving" book that I read was "The Secret Life of Bees," which left me crying. I'd also recommend "Traveling with Pomegranates," too.

I'd love to try out the new Sony Reader.

Nikki said...

I'm an avid reader, and always have been. I would like to share one of my early "moving moments". The first one I remember was in 6th grade, and I was reading Bridge to Terabithia. I was near the end, and I was crying (if anyone's seen the movie or read the book, you know why). My teacher saw my tears and came over to see what was wrong. I lifted the book up so she could see what I was reading, and she smiled, told me she understood, and left me to my book. It was a moment when I felt connected to someone else through reading, and the memory still brings tears to my eyes.

bakinblondie said...

My favorite book of all time is the Grapes of Wrath. It moved me to see a different side of life that I had never experienced. It still makes me tear up everytime I read it.

Jennifer from Hurricane said...

I love reading... In fact I usually have 2-3 books going at any time. One of my favorite literary moments was a few years back I was reading "IT" by Stephen King. Near the beginning there is a part where IT has returned to town and the one person who had stayed in town was calling all his friends to bring them back to help fight IT off. It was 2am, the book said, "... and the phone rang"... and then mine really did. Talk about jumping out of my skin!! I still am trying to pay my sister back for that one.

Niki E said...

Being a mom of 2 small little ones, finding time to read can be challenging, however, I love to read to my little boy. His favorite book is Tiger Can't Sleep. We make all the sound effects in the book & change our voices for each character. I've read this to him so many times that he has the book memorized & he now "reads" it to me every night. :)

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

My favorite place in the whole world is the book store. It doesn't matter which book store. I go in one and immediately get that feeling. Like probably how most women get when they are surrounded by shoes, or makeup or clothes. I just want to feel books and the covers and smell the pages. It sounds so corny but I would feel so empty without my books around me. Often I'll read a book and get to the end and be like, Oh my gosh, that did not just happen, and you know it's an awesome book when you have to rewind the last couple pages and sink into the words again, to feel the emotions of what JUST happened. To experience that last moment. When you carry the characters with you in the following days and weeks and you wonder what has happened with those people in the years to come. THAT is what moves me when I read a book.

Jodee said...

I have just learned a love of reading in the past 3 or so years. It's not for lack of education - I have a graduate degree. Reading was always just what was required. I have now found a real love for the escape that reading is from real life. The most life-changing book I've read in the past year was "The Book Thief." It gave me a real appreciation for what I have in comparison to what so many don't have. Truly a book that makes you wake up.

Becki said...

My husband gives me a hard time about my reading habit. He thinks I need a 12-step recovery program and limits the amount of books I can take on vacation (so a Sony reader would help reduce marital strife :) ).
That being said, as far as choosing a book that moves me, there are so many. But I'm going to go with the Laurel Ingles Wilder series (Little House in the Big Woods...on the Prairie, on the Shores of Silver Lake, etc.). Those are the first books I remember really delving into. I still have my collection from childhood and read them every year or so. Hoping my daughters can be captivated by them as well. :)

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

I love, love, love books and have quite a large collection of my favorite children's books...but the one that moved me the most recently was "The Shack". I just loved "seeing" a different perspective of God.

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