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(Some of) the books of my childhood…

Hello there!

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

This is the very book I was so obsessed by that I hid it under my pillow! If I find the photograph, I may post it!       Image Credit: The Enid Blyton Society

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.

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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!

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Little Women

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?

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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!

Aesop’s Fables

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!

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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.

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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!:))

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What were your favourite books to read as a child?

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15 thoughts on “(Some of) the books of my childhood…

  1. I loved all the Enyd Blyton books, all the wishing chair and faraway tree ones. I loved The Little Princess too as well as The Velveteen Rabbit. So many books. I loved reading full stop!

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    1. Enid Blyton could do no wrong! I haven’t actually read the Velveteen Rabbit but have heard so much about it. I might have to give it a go and hope my adult eyes appreciate it 😊

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  2. Yes I read Aesop’s Fables, Little Woman but not the Enid Blyton books for some reason I wasn’t allowed these. I loved reading Huckleberry Finn, The Secret Garden and The Tale of Miss Tiggy Winkle. Oh and the MooninPappa stories.
    I also vividly reading The Woman in Black as a young teenager when it was first published (1983/84) and being totally gripped by the story.

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    1. Huckleberry Finn! I can’t remember reading it; it may have been read to me 🙂 I’ve not heard of Miss Tiggy Winkle before but it sounds sweet. Who wrote that one? I’ve yet to read The Woman in Black (or White!)

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      1. Miss Tiggy Winkle was one of Beatrix Potters children’s stories.
        I’ve read the sequel to The Woman In Black too though it’s by a different author. It’s not quite as chilling as the first but similar emotional status and same genre.

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    1. Secret Garden is one of those classics that could never fail to make me smile. I have to confess that I have not read ‘Wind in the Willows’ yet! I feel like I may have seen a film version though…

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  4. i use to read all the Enid Blyton’s! I have also read “a little princess”, the babysitter’s club and Aesop fables, but i don’t know the 2 others. Later, i remember i liked the alice detective books (Caroline Quine), the dr march daughters and Les malheurs de Sophie (Comtesse de Ségur) !

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