Red Books

red books
Mary, the host of Ruby Tuesday, gave us a prompt last week: red books. I had fun photographing books that I own (and one from the library) with a red cover.

So you don’t have to squint to see the book titles, here they are (have you read any of these?):

  • The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
  • Harriet the Spy, Louise Fitzhugh
  • Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
  • The Stories of John Cheever, John Cheever
  • How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household, Blu Greenberg
  • Improvisation for the Theater, Viola Spolin
  • Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling
  • James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

For more posts with a little or a lot of red, visit Ruby Tuesday:

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39 thoughts on “Red Books

  • I’ve read Oliver Twist and The Two Towers. I can’t remember whether I’ve read James and the Giant Peach; certainly one of my primary school teachers read it to us.

    There’s a copy of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time sitting at the top of a pile of books in the head librarian’s office in the library where I work. I have yet to summon up the courage to ask what it’s relevance is to a Jewish library.

    • Daniel, tried to figure out why The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would be relevant for a Jewish library – came up with nothing. My teenage son had to read it for 9th grade English (at a Jewish high school). He liked it, and I read it this summer. I liked it, too.

  • Good for you for remembering the books, I completely forgot.

    I’ve read The Two Towers, Harry Potter (mine’s the Philosopher’s Stone – the British version), and James and the Giant Peach :).

  • Interesting selection of red books. (Wonder if anybody comes up with The Little Red by Chairman Mao). I am old, therefore Charles Dickens and Roald Dahl are widely represented in my library.
    Somehow Tolkien never gripped my interest, neither J.K. Rowling some decades later. My daughter can thank the above mentioned authors for her a grades in English. She almost literally ate the books in her teens.
    What I would like to read is the book about traditional Jewish household. That might broaden my narrow horizon.
    From Felisol

    • Felisol, I bet you would enjoy Blu Greenberg’s book. She makes Jewish life very accessible. If you do read, I would love to read your reaction to the book!

  • A fine collection of red books, Leora! I suspect some of these you have read to your daughter…or have read to yourself in an effort to keep up with your daughter. 😉

    • My husband and daughter are now reading Harry Potter. All of sudden she is talking about Voldemort, Dumbledore, Slytherin and Malfoy! Of course, Hermione is her favorite character, the girl with the brains.

  • I really like the composition of your photo, Leora.
    Like Annie said, the sunlight coming through and brightening the wall in the background is great.

    I’ve read Harry Potter and James and the Giant Peach.

  • Hi Leora — You did your homework really good (I didn’t know we had it). Mary was real proud of you, I am too.
    I haven’t read any of your books, I might read Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I have seen a TV production on PBS. I like Dickens’ stuff.
    Happy RT!
    BTW, one of them looks like an overdue library book.

    • Jim, I am almost done with Oliver Twist. I never read Dickens when I was younger (except for A Christmas Carol, because it was short), probably due to thinking it would be hard to read and dull. It does use old-fashioned language, but it is hardly dull! Lots of adventure, mishap and unfortunately abusive characters.

  • The well read person is hard to find these days. A little bit of knowledge found in thousands of places seems to give one a lot of knowledge, and more importantly, the variety of viewpoints that prompts us to think first, than react…

  • Some really great books here!
    Tolkien – a fan since my teenage years, Harry Potter – wonderful imagination, James and the Giant Peach – from my teacher days, Dickens from college……
    So wonderful to do a post on books. Do you care for the Kindle? It’s just not the same. 🙂

  • what a wonderful collection!! and so well worn – I love that, it shows they’ve been appreciated

    I adore Harriet The Spy

    I think your daughter would enjoy the cat books, especially any about their behavior
    Do Cats Talk is a follow-up to the Do Cats Think and it’s a fun read

    • Harriet the Spy was my favorite book when I was a kid. I couldn’t get any of my kids excited about it, though. I actually bought that copy at the Edison Library book sale.

      I’m going to examine the Highland Park Public Library’s cat section to see what I can find.

  • Harriet the Spy! That takes me back a loooong time! I must have read that book at least 10 times. Thank you for bringing back a fantastic memory!

    • Cool! Another Harriet the Spy lover. Friends and I had spy notebooks when we were in elementary school. I still remember when one of the boys found one of the notebooks and made fun of us.

      • I bet my Mum still has my spy notebook. I think that the village library had to order a new copy of the Harriet book, it was borrowed so many times.

  • Lovely! You and I have similar taste in books. I’ve read and enjoyed most of the books listed here … and the ones I’ve not read look intriguing. Thanks so much for visiting Small Reflections. I’ve been away from the computer for the past couple of days and am doing what I can to catch up today.
    Hugs and blessings,

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