Tuesday, June 8, 2010
What do you remember about your favorite books?
Last week, I listened to the audio version of Jacqueline Woodson's Feathers. I loved it. I loved the language, how the words fell into my living room and wrapped themselves around me, and I loved the warm, soft feeling of the story. And the images... The scene where Sean and Frannie are sitting at the window and Sean talks about his bridge will stay with me forever. As will Frannie's struggle to find hope. And I had to listen to the part where they described the color yellow over and over again.
It's the feelings about a book that stay with me. The plot will fade. It always does. Even with cliff-hanger stories like Suzanne Collin's The Hunger Games, there are huge chunks of plot that I won't remember. I loved the edge-of-your-seat twists and turns in that story, and there are unforgettable scenes in that book. But what I remember most are the feelings I had while reading it. Anxiety. Tension. Surprise. I remember falling asleep at 3am and waking up at 6, determined to finish it and not really caring if the house fell down around me until I did.
Sometimes I think I'm having one of those senior moments, but it's always been like this. Books are like my other memories. I remember images, characters (or in real life, people) and how I felt during the experience. I wonder if I'm alone.
How about you? What do you remember most about your favorite stories?