transitional reading

transitional reading


Do you remember the first time you read a book that

grabbed you  by the hand,

transported you from childhood and

ever so gently escorted you towards adulthood?

This was my experience when I read

Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Early in my high school years,

I asked my mother for a book suggestion.

She was the perfect person as she was an avid reader

and had worked at our public library for years.

She gave me several titles but the only one to be found

waiting for me on a library shelf was Rebecca.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

I read the opening sentence and barely looked up until I was finished.

I was captured by the mystique of the plot about a second wife

trying to deal with the immense shadow of the first Mrs. Maxim

de Winter.

Rebecca was a perfect blend of suspense

and romance contained in an oppressive mansion called Manderley,

My only reference to housekeepers at the time had been Alice

from The Brady Bunch so Mrs. Danvers

was indeed the most sinister of housekeepers

I could ever envision.

I loved the story and every few years, I grab a copy

and revisit the Cornish countryside and

marvel how a book written in 1938 can

consistently command

my attention and appreciation.

It was a thriller but it also was my first

“adult” book.

What book made you feel like you were 

closing in on adulthood?

How many book opening lines do you know?
This post is apart of the 31 days…yet again series
about books. You can find the entire series here.




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