I’ve been thinking recently. Who would I have been if I hadn’t been so obsessed with books and reading as a child?
I was that child who would smuggle books off shelves and under my pillow so that I could read after I was put to bed and supposed to be asleep! I found a photograph of myself some time ago; I had fallen asleep with one of my favourite books under my pillow. I couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8. One of my brothers must have taken the photo as evidence!
The Dog with the Long Tail
A Little Princess
Did anyone else like this story? I loved it as child. Even though I wasn’t an only child, reading this alone in my room, surrounded by my toys and books made me feel as though I were part of Sara’s world.
I was gifted a whole box set of Puffin Classics and so would read the books in the set over and over again.
The Secret Garden
Mary was one of those characters that I loved to hate. Her strong will and stubbornness didn’t put me off reading this until the book spine was peeling though. This is the very cover of the book that I owned. This was an absolute classic and great memories were conjured up on seeing the cover after so many years!
I had this book in about 3 different editions. I kind you not; I loved it. I was a spelling bee at school and won first prize in my first competition and I bet you’ll never guess what the prize was?
The illustrated version of Little Women (in black and white though. It wasn’t a huge competition!)
I loved the films and really loved and admired Jo.
I guess my childhood books weren’t necessarily at the top of every classic children’s books list but that’s what made them special to me I suppose!
I’m not sure what the obsession with “the fables” was but I loved a story with a lesson to be learn. I must have been a strange child. Maybe this book is responsible for my wanting to be a lawyer? The establishment of the moral high-ground?
Either way, I loved the stories!
The Baby Sitter’s Club series
Please don’t judge my taste in books but what was not to love about the prospect of growing older, getting a job and hanging out with friends. I lived vicariously through these stories. I was growing up.
The Famous Five
My first taste of mystery stories. I gobbled these up.
I couldn’t believe kids got up to this type of thing and I was made to tidy my room, peel potatoes and learn how to sit like a lady. (For which I am eternally grateful mum!:))
What were your favourite books to read as a child?