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Classic- Guest Natasha

When Viv asked for some guest posters to write about their classic book(s), I jumped at the chance! Woohoo!! Post on a Bestsellers blog? RIGHT ON!

But I’m discovering something about myself. I have a habit of jumping into the deep end with no lifejacket.

What on earth was I going to write about?

Then, I had a thought. I actually have two classics. The first is where I discovered my love of books and reading, and the second is how I discovered my love for paranormal books.

One of my only memories from when I was a young child was having my dad read to me. I had a ton of books, but there was one, THAT one that I would make him read over and over. It was a tongue twister, and I giggled every time he tried to twist his mouth around the riddles.  What book you ask? It was Dr. Seuss’ Oh Say Can You See.

Said a book-reading parrot named Hooey, “The words in this book are all phooey. When you join them your lips will make slips and back flips, and your tongue may end up in Saint Looey!”

How can you not love the imagination, especially as a child, that went with this and many of his other books? Green parrots, a talking cat, one fish and two fish! Green eggs and ham!!  Dr. Seuss inspired many a child. No dream was too big or impossible!

My next classic is one that people either love or hate. I was working at my local public library, and I was about 15 or 16, and my boss of all people introduced me to this series. They were filled with this brand new world, identical to ours, but there were vampires, werewolves, zombies, wererats, and necromancers.

Laurell K. Hamilton created a world that opened my eyes to possibility, a lot like Dr. Seuss now that I think about it.  Why couldn’t there be these beings? And really? They were damn sexy! Imagine what I thought as Laurell continued the series! Woo damn!

Plus, there was this amazing, strong, courageous, flawed woman. She kicked butt, wasn’t afraid to get hurt, and always picked herself up. Sometimes gingerly!

I dreamed to be like Anita. I wanted that strength. I want to be strong and not have people walk all over me.

I still read Anita when I need a pick me up.

You can find me and my beginner blog at My Disorganized Ramblings. There I talk about the crafts that I attempt to do, the cooking I try to kill my husband with, and most importantly? The books that I devour!!!  Oh, and I occasionally do a montage of my fur babies (my two kitties – Dot my girl and Dash my boy)

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Tasha–you made me smile so hard! Thanks for being brave and impetuous enough to come and visit. Tasha is one of the readers I’ve had since the very beginning. She’s even had a ‘cameo’ in one book. :wink: To enter the contest today, either comment on your FAVORITE Dr. Seuss book, or you can talk about a strong woman character that you admire…or both!

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Natasha A.
10 years ago

*grin* Hey!! That’s me!!! *pout* the pictures aren’t working :(

I look forward to hearing everyone’s answers!!

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Vivian Arend

YEAH! pictures! :D
I have not read Anne McCaffrey, but firelizards sound awesome!!

Deb
Deb
10 years ago

Tasha, You did a wonderful job. I love Dr. Seuss.

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Deb

YEAH! Hi Deb!!! YEAH ME for not sucking!! :D

Andrea Becraft
10 years ago

Okay first my favorite Dr. Suess book is Cat in the Hat for many reasons but the most because I love thing1 and thing2 ( I often refer to my kids that way lol).

I haven’t read Laurel K Hamilton before *ducks from tasha* but I will eventually when the TBR pile dwendles down.

I think you do pretty good on your blog! Better then mine!

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Andrea Becraft

No ducking needed!! Thing 1 and Thing 2 are pretty awesome!!

You will have to let me know what you think of LKH when/if you get a chance to read!

Andrea Becraft
10 years ago
Reply to  Natasha A.

at this point I have no clue when if I will get to it or if I will even remember lol.

I have a tbr pile that grows by the day and keeps growing. and not enough time to read *pout*

Jennifer Rayment
10 years ago

I have the honor of working with Natasha and let me tell you this place really sucks on the days that she isn’t here! She also got me hooked on Laurel K Hamilton and tons of other authors. She is almost perfect, with the exception of her dislike of classic movies like Young Frankenstein and Airplane : ) Now as for Dr Seuss — I love EVERYTHING that man ever created, but my fav is the Lorax. At one point I even considered getting a Lorax tatoo. I also love the Butter Battle Book (A Seuss book that was banned… Read more »

Natasha A.
10 years ago

Aww!! Jen!!! I miss you when you aren’t at work too!! We just need your office mate to leave so I can come visit more! :D

Jennifer Rayment
10 years ago
Reply to  Natasha A.

July cannot come soon enough!

Marlene Breakfield
10 years ago

My favorite Dr. Seuss book is HORTON HATCHES THE EGG. Love that one.

Natasha A.
10 years ago

OH that is a good one too! :D

Anne
Anne
10 years ago

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas- I really think the old animated version was the best of the the movies.

Andrea Becraft
10 years ago
Reply to  Anne

I actually like the Jim Carrey version more then the old one but thats just me!

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Anne

oh! I definitely prefer the old animated version! but then again I am not a huge Jim Carrey Fan

Amy Ruttan
10 years ago

My favorite Dr. Suess is one not usually heard of, Scrambled Eggs Super. I know the whole dang thing by heart.

“I don’t like to brag, I don’t like to boast said Peter T. Hooper speaking of toast.”

“The bird was so mean, the bird was so fast I had to escape on a jilkajass. A fleet footed beast who runs like a deer, but looks sorta different you steer him by ear.”

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Amy Ruttan

Hi Amy!!! I don’t think I have read that one! I’ll have to see if I can find it! :D

Nancy Gilliland
Nancy Gilliland
10 years ago

Favorite Dr. Seuss would have to be The Grinch, my kids made me read it with them every year. And Horton Hears a Who was another they loved.

Great job Natasha, I’m going to have to check out your blog-mine is a mess right now, but I have to work on it soon.

Natasha A.
10 years ago

LOL My blog can be very boring, just an fyi :D But I do hope you stop by! Thanks Nancy!

Joder
Joder
10 years ago

I loved Dr. Seuss as a child! Heck, I still love Dr. Seuss and whenever I need a cheering up I bring out my copy of Green Eggs and Ham. There’s something about the rhymes that puts a smile on my face.

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Joder

You’re very right! I think I need to dig out my Dr. Seuss! lol

Colleen
Colleen
10 years ago

Dr. Seuss… GREEN EGGS AND HAM… loved reading that one over and over again! :D

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Colleen

I think that one is a classic too Colleen!

Lisa Freeman
Lisa Freeman
10 years ago

I loved Dr. Seuss’s The Places You’ll Go. Didn’t appreciate it until I was older though! My kids fav was always Go Dog Go. We had to read it every night and I got sick of it!

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Lisa Freeman

But that is awesome of you to have read it over and over! :D

Fedora
Fedora
10 years ago

Hi, Tasha!! For favorite Seuss, I think I have to go with Green Eggs and Ham (because we do not like them, Sam-I-Am!) Amusingly, when we were visiting overseas a few years ago, we got a copy in Chinese. I had to laugh one afternoon when I walked into the office to see my middle one reading it aloud to my youngest. In Mandarin. Heh.

The Lorax is a close second–a friend bought me a copy in college when I was studying environmental stuff. That Dr. Seuss–years ahead of his time! :)

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Fedora

That is really awesome! You know I never thought of it in different languages. Does it still rhyme? Hmmm very cool.

Cathy M
Cathy M
10 years ago

The two Dr Seus books that were read most often when my kidlets were small were Green Eggs and Ham and Are You My Mother?

As for strong women characters, definitely both LKH characters, Anita and Merry. Plus I love the female characters that Joey Hill gives us.

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Cathy M

Aww! Are you my mother! Another great one!!
Joey Hill – hmm I’m not sure I have read. I will have to go check that out! Thanks!

Jane
Jane
10 years ago

“And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” is my favorite Dr. Seuss book. It was full of imagination.

Natasha A.
10 years ago
Reply to  Jane

Jane, I don’t know if I have EVER heard of that one! What was it about?

Desiree
Desiree
10 years ago

Green Eggs and Ham!!! That is my all time favorite I think it had alot to do with the fact my mom turned green everytime she read it to me. How the Grinch Stole Christmas comes in second for some reason my family thinks I am a Grinch at Christmas too.

Lindsey Ekland
Lindsey Ekland
10 years ago

Always liked the line One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. My mom bought the subscription so had most of the Dr. Seuss books around the house whan I was young. I have read Go Dog GO to my nieces and nephew and they like that one.

Bella
Bella
10 years ago

Great job and fun topic Tasha!

I learned to read on Green Eggs and Ham, but my fav is the Lorax!

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