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Friday, May 01, 2015

Christy :: Reading to Know Book Club (May)


Who else has been waiting for this read? I know I have!

This month the Reading to Know Book Club will be reading Christy by Catherine Marshall. This read was selected for us by Stephanie from Simple Things and she will be hosting this month's discussion. Her opening thoughts are below:

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I’m trying to remember when I first read Christy by Catherine Marshall. My copy is quite old and exceptionally well loved, and I honestly am not 100% sure on how I came by it. My best guess would be that my parents picked it up at a used bookstore (along with a stack of Agatha Christie novels) for their young teen daughter who was a voracious reader. A fan of Little House on the Prairie and mild Janette Oke romances, the story of a schoolteacher in the Smoky Mountains seemed right up my alley.

I was completely sucked in.

I have purposefully held off on starting my reread before writing this intro to this month’s book club read. It has probably been at least ten years (maybe longer!) since I’ve read this book and I’m interested to see if my memory holds true to what I remember loving about this story. As a young girl, I seem to remember identifying with Christy’s na├»ve nature and wanting to have her passion to make a difference and save the world. In contrast my introverted and homebody personality marveled at her boldness to leave her parents at such a young age and move to a rural area where she didn’t know a single person and teach when she had never taught a class before in her life. At my young age, I had found a heroine in young Christy – it will be interesting to see what my older, married and now a mother, self thinks.

I hope you will join me in reading this classic. I look forward to reminiscing with you about this book at the end of the month!


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Are you in? Let us know in the comment section below!

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11 comments:

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Yes! :)

Susan said...

I saw Christy mentioned in another post I read this week -- this is probably why! I can vividly recall my paperback copy; had a photo of Christy in a long skirt running on a mountain (now I'm getting a Sound of Music vibe!). I read the book as a teen, and surprisingly, don't recall particularly loving it. I should read it again as an adult and see if that's changed ...

Barbara H. said...

I'm in! Just picked up a copy from the library today. It's been years since I've read it and I am looking forward to revisiting it.

Becky said...

I'm definitely going to be reading this! It is one of my favorite books!

Carol said...

If I can find my copy, I'd love to read it again & join in. I read it about 10 years ago & loved it.

Stephanie Shepherd said...

Yay! Can't wait to start with everyone. :)

Bluerose said...

This is one of my favorite books, so I'm excited for a reread! :)

Shonya said...

No, I just can't. I had every intention of re-reading 1984 last month and never even cracked the cover. But I just read Christy about 5 years ago with my now-19-yod, so I'm giving myself a pass and we'll try for June. . .

Melissa said...

Have it on hold from the library, just waiting for it to arrive :-)

Tarissa said...

I just started reading Christy a couple of days ago (6 chapters in). So far, it's breathtaking!

Why did I never read this during my childhood? =)

Cassandra said...

I finally got mine from the library and started it last night! It took forever for the hold to come available.

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