When I learned how to read, I began reading everything. Street signs, package labels, flyers, and more. But my favorite things to read, were books, which makes sense. I began reading lots of books, in various genres.
My favorite type of books, were fiction, the ones about average people, doing extraordinary things.
I never thought much about it then, but now as I re-read some of my old favorites, I find something interesting about them. These books are fiction, and yet they feel more real, and relatable than most non-fiction books.
I would like to share with you my favorite series when I was younger, one that even now still brings joy to my heart when I read it.
This amazing series by Elizabeth Enright is called The Melendy Quartet
My mom got the first book in the series, The Saturdays, from the library for me, via a recommendation from somewhere. I picked the book up with skepticism, and read the first few pages. I don’t know why, but I didn’t enjoy it, so I put it back into the library basket, and didn’t pick it back up. However, later my mom found the audio version for me, and I gave it another try. The narrator of the book Pamela Dilman, did a very good job, and I ended up listening to the whole book. Once finished the whole book, I loved it so much I started it all over again, and again. I listened to the book five times in succession, before I stumbled upon, to my joy, the other three books in the series, all of which I listened to as well, many times over.
I think what I loved about these books, is that I could relate to the characters. I felt really akin to Miranda, especially. I was much like her. Preferring to be in the action, get dirty, and have lots of fun. But I was also like her sister, Mona, in the fact that I can be very quite, and enjoy reading.
What I also loved is that the Melendys are a very loving family. They really care about, and for each other, very much like my own family.
I hope you and your children, will open your hearts to this 1940’s family, like I did. You won’t regret it. These books really are classics, and I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did.
Links to the books mentioned above