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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Dec 27, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: own, classics, middle-grade
Read in February, 2009

Even though this was the first time I have read this, I was very familiar with the story. There is a movie version of this that was one of our family's favorites when I was younger, and I saw it numerous times. I really, really wish that I had read the book first because I lost some of the mysteriousness of the story. I would love to have read this without a clue as to what was going to happen.

My favorite character, I think, is Susan Sowerby, Dickon's mom. She is such a neat character with incredible insight into the workings of children, which is no surprise as she has twelve of them! I enjoyed the character Colin much more in the book versus the movie. In the movie he was really a rather irritating little guy, but I grew to love him in the book.

The last chapter is by far my favorite part of the book! It is what pushed my rating from 4 stars to 5. Such a great message there at the ending talking about the powerful effect our thoughts have on our disposition and our outlook on life.

I love the truth in this passage:
One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts - just mere thoughts - are as powerful as electric batteries - as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.

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26.26% "I'm thoroughly enjoying this sweet story! Why have I waited so long to read this?!"
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Laura You'd love A Little Princess, then! I just started reading this one last night.

(Also started the Big O a little while ago!)

Colleen The Secret Garden was my absolute favorite book as a little girl, I couldn't begin to count how many times I read it! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and still do, let me know what you think when you finish reading.

Heather I'm really loving this book! I think the writing is great and gives such great descriptions that I really feel like I'm there with the characters. Colleen, I can see why you read this one over and over! I can definitely see myself doing the same!

Laura, I bought this one and A Little Princess at the same time. I had to close my eyes, mix them up, and pick which one to read first! :)
Are you planning on reading this along with Outlander? I imagine I'll set this one aside until I finish Outlander. I have a hard time switching between different stories. Plus, I have The Audacity of Hope waiting for me at the library to read along with the group this month. I figure that one will be doable alongside Outlander...one fiction and one non-fiction.

Colleen I know! Isn't it such a wonderful story? If I didn't have 8 more books to plow through for my 50 books in a year challenge, I would re-read it right now!

Laura Love your review Heather - those lines in the book at the end really grabbed me too. I was audio-ing it at that point, and I rewound it a couple of times. Great stuff. Terrific book.

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Great review, Heather!

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Rusty I haven't read it but I will along with A Little Princess which I just obtained from a friend who gave it to me for my granddaughter. Thanks to all of you!

Heather I look forward to hearing what you think of them, Rusty! I still need to get to A Little Princess.

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Rusty My copy of A Little Princess is too worn to post but still intact with good binding but I would be happy to just send it to you as I'll read it in the next week. Just send me your address if you are interested.

Heather I actually have a copy of A Little Princess but thanks for the nice offer! :) The poor book is sitting on the shelf just gathering dust. This is what happens when I buy more books than I am able to get to. But they all look so nice sitting there on the shelves! I can't resist adding to my collection. :)

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Rusty Ah, yes, I understand. I am in the same boat. Just went to the thrift store and bought a bag full of books for $2 - for my grandchildren and myself (most of which I have always wanted to read) so here we go again.

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