RTW: Books Everlasting

Reading Song of the Day: “Again” by Flyleaf

It’s Wednesday! Not only does it mean we’re closer to the weekend, but also that it’s time to hit the road with the cool chicas from YA Highway. Here’s this week’s Road Trip Wednesday question:

It’s Groundhog Day! Pretend you’re Bill Murray in the 1993 movie– what book would you read over & over forever?

First of all–AWESOME movie! Second of all, such a fun question–let’s do this:
Pam’s Choice:
Oh my goodness, I can’t choose! That’s like asking me what food I would eat over and over–or any other example that’s not as greedy. Hmm, if I HAD to pick, I’d have to turn to the author that made me fall in love with writing: Judy Blume.
Superfudge, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great…the list of greatest hits goes on and on. But the one that I probably love the most is Blubber.

I know I’ve probably praised Blubber a few dozen times before on this blog, but can you blame me? Blubber was the original Mean Girls. Readers got an inside look at both the bully and the victim through the protagonist’s eyes. Though Jill Brenner does a lot of awful things, Judy Blume made me empathize with her. Me, and not only was I a very cynical child, but I also felt a little like Blubber while growing up. Blume balances tears and laughs, and it’s like she was writing any classroom across America.

I would have shown you all my personal copy of Blubber, but it’s a little bruised and beaten. Yeah, I love it that much.
Quita’s Choice:
Oooh, Pam’s choice was soooo good. Judy Blume RAWKS. I guess if I was being truthful about a book I would read over and over, forever I would have to visit some childhood faves too. I’m way too indecisive to choose between the two books that I wore out the most as a child. These would be a tie between R.L. Stine’s The Boy Next Door ( I wrote my first YA novel based on this book) and Ann M. Martin’s Super Special #3: Baby Sitter’s Winter Vacation.
However, the Baby Sitters win. I read this book probably once every week from the age of 9 to 13/14. And I would still read it throughout the rest of my high school years. I was a little embarrassed, so I never told anyone I was still reading the Baby Sitters club, but c’mon! You know these books are classics! This one was my fave because it was so completely different then what I was used to. Growing up in Virginia where it barely snows, and with no money to travel to winter resorts, I didn’t experience many snow fights, and snow man making contests. It was a complete escape…and the drama that ensued on this vacation was also exhilirating.
What about you? What book could you read forever and ever, and ever…?
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