The topic this week is:
I decided to go super literal with this, and chose titles that were related to beaches, pools, and other summer pursuits.
For years I would have told you this fishing and God book was my very favorite. Not because I'd ever been fishing, and not because I read a lot of books about faith. But I loved this coming of age story set in my state, and its journey from broad comedy to philosophical musing. I haven't read it in 20 years, but I like to think it would still hold up.
I read this one for the Cybils judging last winter, and was utterly charmed. Life in a boat is all a river pirate princess needs.
I was never a fan of Frog, and didn't love his chapters as much, but Ratty and Mole drifting on the river on a summer day are true #squadgoals.
Ramona not only shares a name with a lovely waterfall on Mt. Hood, she's also a swimmer. Heck, the cover art shows her sitting underwater in her swimsuit. I adore this book so much.
Chris Crutcher is a swimmer and a damn fine human being. Both of these things make themselves known in every book he writes. Whale Talk was the book that first made me a fan of his. (His foul-mouthed and spot-on Facebook diatribes against the current political climate in this country are currently cementing his status as a personal hero too.)
This well-researched and fascinating story is about a man in Maine who spent 27 years living in the forest, without any human interaction. Thoreau on steroids.
This one is somewhat based on a true story that I remember reading about in the news at the time. A dad and early teenaged daughter were discovered to be living wild in Forest Park, Portland's huge natural area, for four years. I read the first half of the book, which is told from the daughter's point of view, and shows their woodsy life and how they eventually get discovered. It turns out that they disappeared a week or so after being set up to work on a horse farm in a rural area, so the second half of the book is purely speculative.
Bill Bryson is a funny, funny man. I don't love this one as much as his travelogues Neither Here Nor There and Lost Continent, but it has some brilliant moments as he describes attempting the Appalachian trail as a out of shape middle aged guy, accompanied by an even more out of shape guy he used to be friends with.
Heidi is living the dream. Well, my dream, anyway. A cabin in the Alps, wind rushing through the trees, cute local goatherd hanging around. Plus she gets to wear dirndls.
I know I've talked about this book before, but I really think it's a crying shame Harriet the Spy gets all the press. Beth Ellen takes center stage in this book, as both her family and Harriet's vacation in the same beach town.
You'll never guess where this book is set. A homeless teen helps track down a runaway, and all of a sudden he's the junior detective in town.
This picture book is about a barnacle. To say more would spoil it.
Oh, and one more thing-