I love to read but lately, I have had a hard time really getting into a book. I usually can read a book per week but according to my #50BookPledge I’m on track to finish 19 this year. Not a good start.
I don’t know if it’s because I’m so consumed with eating healthy that my brain power is used up in the kitchen and I have nothing left when it comes time to read or if I just haven’t been reading the right books. Instead of reading on my daily commute, I have spent endless hours trying to figure out what to read next. I started to think about all my favourite books and see if maybe it was time to re-read one of them. That’s when I remembered “The Secret Garden”
Now, I need to admit something. I’ve raved about this book to anyone who asks, added it to my must read list but for the life of me, I couldn’t really remember what happened. I remember that it’s about Mary Lennox and her cousin Colin and a secret garden (obviously) but that’s about it. How can it be one of my favourite books and I don’t remember what it’s about??? How embarrassing! Truth is, the book brings me back to my 5th grade class when Miss. McDermott would read it out loud to the class. I don’t really remember all the details of my childhood but I remember that I LOVED when it was time for her to read to us. My love for reading started at a young age so those classes are still one of the most vivid memories etched in my brain from elementary school. I can still see her sitting on a stool and remember staring at the tassel of her bookmark as she read. Every time I see a book that she read, it brings me back to a simpler time and that is a good enough reason to love a book.
I did however order the pretty yellow cover version from Amazon and re-read it. I figured if I don’t like it as much as I thought, it will at least look nice on my book shelf. I read it in 4 days and now I really really really love the book. The message of the book is to believe in the power of positive thinking and I don’t care how old you are, this is definitely, no question a Marbair’s must-read book. Not sure where Miss. McDermott is now but I wish I could thank her for reading to us and introducing me to The Secret Garden.