Jul 28, 2014

Memory Lane Monday #18

This is a new weekly meme that Kristalyn over at The Sarcastic Palmtree and I, Amber at Paradise of Pages, came up with. We have been wanting to re-read some of our favorites but feel overwhelmed by all the other new books coming out that our re-reads get put to the side. That is how we came up with this meme, we decided we don't want to put them aside anymore, so we will be taking turns putting up our reviews on the re-reads we do throughout the month. This does not mean we won't keep up with recent releases as well, it just means we will make more time for those we have read before as well.


So here is how this meme will work:

  • Each week the co-hosts will trade off with recapping when it is a re-read or what they have heard so far about the book and the other co-host will put up their review. 
  •  The participants can read anything that they remember reading in the past, or something that they have wanted to read that has been around for a while and just haven't gotten around to reading it yet for whatever reason. 
  • Participants can decide if they want to recap the book before reading it or just put up a review of what they read. 
  • Anyone can join in, just please link back to our blogs as well as add your name to the linky so we can hop around and see what everyone is reading. 
  • Please put our banner on your post as well, so we all look the same! 
  • We ask you kindly to follow BOTH of our blogs. 
  • Most importantly remember to just have fun! :)


We will be providing each week a linky that you will be able to also link your posts for us to view. All we ask is for you to put up our banner as well as a link back to BOTH hosts on your post. 

The Boxcar Children
By Gertrude Chandler Warner


Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, suddenly appear in a small town. No one knows who these young wanderers are or where they have come from. Frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met, the children make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar they discover in the woods. Henry, the oldest, goes to town to earn money and buy food and supplies.

Ambitious and resourceful, the plucky children make a happy life themselves--until Violet gets too sick for her brothers and sister to care for her.

This story will delight any child who has fantasized about being on his or her own and overcoming every obstacles

My Recap:

I don't even remember how young I was when I read this book, but I know I was younger than 10. I didn't read much when I was younger, even though I LOVED going to the library. I would check out books all the time but I would let them sit around. I was very active as a child, always outside playing some sport or another. So if I read something, it had to be really good.

I spent a few days reading this book and turning down friends outside just to finish it. I tried to continue on, but I didn't like the mysteries. After book 1, they turned into mysteries instead of just a normal story.

I don't remember too much about this book. The bits I do remember are them cleaning at a stream somewhere in the wood, Henry going to work for money so he could buy food and soup for his siblings. The girls keeping the boxcar clean and like a good home. I know Henry walked into the town everyday for the work. That is about all I remember of it.

I bought this book for Kristalyn's daughter, Ainsley. I knew she would love it just like I did. After I read her review I knew it was time for me to re-read it again too so we could talk about it together. This will be the first chapter book I have re-read from when I was a child, so I am very excited to see how I enjoy it now.

See you all new week :)


We will be back next week with our review or recap!

What about you? What do you remember about the time that you read this book/series? Would you like to read it with us?

Be sure to leave your links below :)


  1. Awwww I hope you love it again like Ainsley did! Happy birthday today! <3 you!

  2. I love this idea - I think it would be really cool to pair off with another blog host to flip flop on recapping and reviewing the way that you two have been! So I'll put it out there - if there are any another bloggers who might be interested in swapping back and forth with me, my selections would probably tend towards childhood favourites, fantasy and urban fantasy books :) Otherwise, I'll try to come up with something on my own for next week! :D

    1. I'm so glad you like the idea. It would be awesome if someone could swap with you, but if not you could also just pick one of us and swap with us as well!! It's so much fun and makes it more of a game to re-read books we love than to feel like it is a chore!! I hope to see you next week!!!


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