Sunday, June 30, 2019

DNF&Y [18]

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My Side of the Mountain (Mountain, #1)
by Jean Craighead George
Synopsis (via Goodreads): Every kid thinks about running away at one point or another; few get farther than the end of the block. Young Sam Gribley gets to the end of the block and keeps going--all the way to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he sets up house in a huge hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions and his wits as his tool for survival.

In a spellbinding, touching, funny account, Sam learns to live off the land, and grows up a little in the process. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life. But his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger. No reader will be immune to the compulsion to go right out and start whittling fishhooks and befriending raccoons. 

DNF at 20%

We started listening to the audiobook for My Side of the Mountain while in the car on a family trip. It was my husband's choice, and while it wasn't terrible, it wasn't for me. My son seemed to enjoy it, and it's one of my husband's favorites from his childhood, but I couldn't bring myself to finish it on my own once the trip was over (we'd alternated between audiobooks so everyone was happy). I purchased a physical copy thinking that might help, but I simply have no desire to dive back into this story. However, my husband and our son are thrilled to have a copy in the house now, so that's something. 

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8 comments:

  1. Well it's great that your husband and son liked having a copy of it around.

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    1. Yes! They can read it whenever they want, haha.

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  2. Haha, at least someone enjoyed the book!

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    1. Right?? My husband said it wasn't exactly what he remembered, but he did enjoying sharing it with our son. The girls are too young to really follow an audiobook, but I think they like the background noise it provides on long car rides. There's something soothing about these narrators!

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  3. My Side of the Mountain was one of my favorite reads as a child (I loved all things animal), but I've also had the experience of rereading a book I loved as a child and realizing it isn't for me anymore. It's wonderful that your husband and son are happy to have a physical copy of the book at home!

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    1. Nice! My husband said it was a popular book, but I'd never heard of it. Also, as a mother, I was terrified that my son would get ideas from this book and try to run away into the woods, haha. I'm sure he thought the animals would help him, and he could make his own way in the world (he's five). ;)

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  4. I don't think I ever read this one. I think I always got it confused with Lost on a Mountain in Maine Paperback by Donn Fendler.

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    1. I'm not familiar with those... are they any good?

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