Last Sunday night after finishing up a family dinner at my parents’ home I was handed a pile of books from my mum. What are these, I wondered. My face instantly lit up when I saw the titles I was holding in my hand. There were Roald Dahl collectors Charlie and the Chocoloate Factory, The Witches and James and the Giant Peach along with classics Oliver Twist, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and my all time favourite Little Women!
These were the books I read as a child and begged my mum to hold onto when she was cleaning out the bookshelf and rearranging the living room. I loved to read as a kid and would often visit the second-hand bookstore to swap and buy books.
Along the way I collected the entire series of The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High, which later in my teens I made a mighty profit on at a garage sale when it was time to let them go.
So the titles in my hand had made it through my childhood, adolescence and adulthood as I went through various reading phases as well as swapping and selling my books along the way. Now at age 25, I delighted over these books with the worn covers, discoloured pages and my name written in shocking handwriting on the title page of each book. One book was dated back when I was in the third grade- eighteen years ago!
These are the books I will pass on to my own children one day and I hope to collect more of the titles I loved as a kid so that they can enjoy them too.
What books got you through your childhood and early adolescence?