Hello and welcome to Waggish Writer. This is Part 4 of "Waggish Writer Geeks Out: The Bookshelf."
Below is the background of my website that is a sample of my library.
Last time I embraced my geek-ness, I went over Lansky's two books of names as well as Terban's "Dictionary of Idioms."
Onward to the next books in the Waggish Writer's library!
Just a quick reminder, these books have meaning to me as a person, as a writer, and as both. I will list the book from left to right with APA citation and a short description of what is the book and why is it in my library.
At the end of "The Bookshelf" series, I'll create a list in case any of these books strike your fancy for practical writing tools or pure entertainment value.
Tolkien, J.R.R. (1982). The hobbit. New York, NY: Del Rey, a division of Ballantine Books.
The best way to introduce this book that is very dense as a book is in a child friendly cartoon. My first memory of being introduced to the Hobbit had been actually an animated movie rendition of the story directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass and released in 1977 (1). My opinion will be biased, but this animated rendition of the Hobbit does a pretty good job in capturing the main story's flow. Something I did not know until I worked on this post is that the company, Topcraft, is the precursor to Studio Ghibi, the company that produced one of my favorite animations, "Howl's Moving Castle." That will be a future geek-ness blog down the line. Tolkien is an idol for me and what I strive to reach in my fantasy creations. I like the Hobbit better than the Lord of the Rings, which trying to read the Lord of the Rings in 3rd grade is not the smartest thing to do. Those books will migrate to my library in order to complete the legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien.
MacDonald, B. (1985). Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Magic. New York, NY: Harper Trophy, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
MacDonald, B. (1987). Hello, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
MacDonald, B. (1987). Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.
The first question is why does a writer have children's book on her shelf? I do not remember who said it, but adults are grown children when it comes to books. When a book is good, there is no shame of being older than the targeted audience. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books are basically a collection of short stories of children who are misbehaving. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle is the solution to the parents' problems with her combination of magical remedies, a cast of lovable animals, and practical approaches to the common issues such as bullying and tattle-telling. MacDonald's writing style appeals to me as a reader. My sister is also a fan of the books, which I may have to find my own version of the books as the books I have on my shelf are the ones that migrated from our family's home collection. I highly recommend the book for a read aloud for both parents and children.
This will be a wrap for Part 4 of the Bookshelf series. Part 5 will cover the first author who introduced me to the Romance genre as well as an author who captured my imagination in a story that feels very real with a sense of magic within the story.
Well, if you like what you've read, comment with what are three books from your library.
They can be books you consider your writer's bible(s), authors you look up to, or books you read for the full joy of reading.
If you do, tell me why. Let's geek out together.
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(1) Wikipedia - The Free Encycolpida. The hobbit. Accessed May 23, 2020 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit_(1977_film).