Wednesday, November 4, 2009

My Favorite Book

We're starting the My Favorite Book project at the MHS library. We're asking all and any students to take our survey about what they're favorite book is and why. Everyday students ask the question: "What should I read?" Sometimes we match them with the perfect book, sometimes we don't. Now you have the opportunity to help others find that perfect book! Take a moment to complete survey, because the only thing more fun than reading what you love is sharing it with others! Take the survey here.

I'll get the ball rolling for you. Here is my favorite book.

My Favorite Book is A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. As a teenage, I always dreamed about traveling to far away places. At the time, I'd never traveled much further than the borders of Pennsylvania. An English teacher, Mrs. Rencil, suggested that if I was really interested in travel I shoud read this book. It depicts Hemingway's time in Paris in the 1920's. I loved it.

From that moment on, I knew I would one day travel to Europe. During my junior year of College I finally made that dream come true; I studied in Nancy, France and over a weekend traveled to Paris. Although 70 years had passed, many of the places that Hemingway wrote of were still there. I traced his steps, sat in bars where he wrote, and bought a copy of the book from his favorite book store, Shakerpeare and Co. I've returned four times since, and this spring I'll return again.

This book made me a traveler. And over the past ten years, I've taken hundreds of students with me. So if you love travel, and can't afford to do it right now, read this book. It's the next best thing.

Books that are like this one: To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway; Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt both books have amazing depictions of their settings. Even though the settings can be brutal, they somehow make you want to go there.