The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I read these one repeatedly when I was a little girl. It was one of the first books where I felt transported to a fictional land and imagined I was right beside the characters in the garden.
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I read this one for the first time when I was 12. I related to her and she made the struggles of Jewish people during that era more real to me than any history book ever could.
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. I mentioned this one on my blog before. I read this one for the first time when I was 12 as well. This story struck, astonished and inspired me.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I watched the movie dozens of time before I got around to reading the book during summer break from college. There is nothing like experiencing Celie’s story in book form. The movie, though it is one of my favorites, skirted around some elements of the book.
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I read this for the first time after I saw the movie version featuring Halle Berry and Michael Ealy. This lyrical love story is beautifully written and stayed with me long after I finished reading it.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. This was one of the books that helped reignite my love for reading as an adult. I was so swept up in this book that I finished it in one day.
Dimplesandgrins.com is on a joy seeking mission. It is a place of celebration and inspiration. At the same time, I am not afraid to explore the darker, sadder parts of life because life consists of both joyful and sorrowful moments (plus, a lot of other emotions).
Karen Brown is a writer, blogger, poet and editor. She wrote her first short story in second grade and her first poem in fourth grade. She enjoys classic movies, most kinds of music, television shows about real life crimes, photography and cooking. She is a mother to cats and an accidental magnet to any cat that wanders through her neighborhood.
Karen Brown published her first book of poetry in March of 2021. It contains poetry written this year and is available as an e-book or paperback on Amazon. She published her second poetry book in August 2021.
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