Since the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 I have loved reading everyones posts about their favourite books of the year, and that got me thinking. What about the book we loved when we were children? Do we still love them now? Today’s post is one that goes through some of my favourite books. I still love them now and definitely need to re-read them again very, very soon.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This is the book that I have read most. I re-read it often and love it just as much every time. I actually collect different editions of Alice and own about two dozen different ones now. I am always on the hunt for fun edition so if you know of any please let me know! I read this for the first time when my mother was ill. It was an incredibly scary time for me and I was scared that I would lose her. Alice in Wonderland was a little piece of escapism for me, and remains that way to this day. While I love the 60’s animated film, I am really not a fan of the Tim Burton versions… In case you have heard of it, here is what it’s about:
After a tumble down the rabbit hole, Alice finds herself far away from home in the absurd world of Wonderland. As mind-bending as it is delightful, Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel is pure magic for young and old alike.
The Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
Did you really think I was going to do this post without mentioning HP?! This, as I said before on my blog, was the big turning point for me in my reading life. It was the first load of books that I pre-ordered and devoured the minute they arrived. I have re-read them far too many times to count and plan on re-reading them many more times in the future. I certainly won’t be adding the synopsis here because I doubt there is a bookworm alive that hasn’t at least heard of Harry Potter.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
I think the reason that I loved this book so much as a kid was because I identified with Matilda so much. She was a huge reader that loved school, much like myself. And while I definitely couldn’t identify with the fact that Matilda had a horrible family, I always found myself wanting to re-enter her little world all the time. I also enjoyed the film adaptation which is fairly rare for me.
Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half she’s knocking off double-digit multiplication problems and blitz-reading Dickens. Even more remarkably, her classmates love her even though she’s a super-nerd and the teacher’s pet. But everything is not perfect in Matilda’s world. For starters she has two of the most idiotic, self-centered parents who ever lived. Then there’s the large, busty nightmare of a school principal, Mrs. (“The”) Trunchbull, a former hammer-throwing champion who flings children at will and is approximately as sympathetic as a bulldozer. Fortunately for Matilda, she has the inner resources to deal with such annoyances: astonishing intelligence, saintly patience, and an innate predilection for revenge. She warms up with some practical jokes aimed at her hapless parents, but the true test comes when she rallies in defense of her teacher, the sweet Miss Honey, against the diabolical Trunchbull. There is never any doubt that Matilda will carry the day. Even so, this wonderful story is far from predictable. Roald Dahl, while keeping the plot moving imaginatively, also has an unerring ear for emotional truth. The reader cares about Matilda because in addition to all her other gifts, she has real feelings.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
I have no idea how I came to reading this book, but it was probably after watching the film Looking back I wonder whether or not my parents should have let me watching the film and read the book, because its pretty dark! Nevertheless I always loved it. It is one that I haven’t read in years actually so maybe I need to pick it up again in the future.
Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
And there we have it! My favourite childhood reads! What books did you read and love as a child? Do you still love them now? Let me know in the comments.
Peace and pages