The very lovely Elizabeth@Musings From Neville’s Navel tagged me for The Childhood Book Tag, which is about books from your childhood. I just want to say that Elizabeth is the main person who tags me for things and I only do the tags every once in a while but THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAGGING ME ELIZABETH! I actually hate tagging people and have decided that I stress less when I don’t tag people…so let’s see if I’m in the mood when I get to the end of this post haha. But I like being tagged. I am a woman of contradictions. Let’s get to it!
What is the first book you remember reading on your own?
I mean, I don’t really remmber the first picture book or anything, but our school had this program where you got free books. I got some picture book but Shar got a chapter book, one in the Glitter Girls series…I think the cover says it all (there were secret knocks, ponies, and glitter girls gear. It was great), and that was when I started to love chapter books.
What is the first book you remember your parents reading to you?
I know that there were books before this, but I have really strong memories of my dad reading Isabel Allende’s City of the Beasts to us, and I really loved that book and got super invested. It was special too, because both of my parents have spent lots of time in South America (the book is set in Brazil) and they told us their own stories as we read it. We had just moved then, and my dad had been away in Nepal for two months, and it was just so lovely to read with him.
What is a book you read on the reccommendation of a parent or a friend?
I remember my mum recommending the Trixie Belden books to me! They’re these great mysteries, set in Arizona or something–sort of like Nancy Drew or the Famous Five, but a little more down to earth. Those books were great, rich dudes disappearing and leaving their cars behind all over the place.
What is your favourite book from school overall?
In terms of pure enjoyment, maybe City of Djinns or A Room with a View (I especially adore A Room With A View); in terms of challenging me to understand literature better, Anathem or Hamlet (I developed a reall cool cohesive theory on Hamlet and wrote a 2500 word paper on it). I also liked (but was freaked out by) Danny The Champion of the World, which I read when I was still homeschooling.
What was your favourite book in
elementary primary school?
Oh gosh, there were so many…being isolated in the Indian Himalaya tends to make one read a lot. I would say that The Ordinary Princess wins, though! Just 100 pages of fairytale delight that pokes gentle fun at fairytales too (I love the witch who turns into a seal and all the #funtimesnothatisnotaeuphemism in the forest). I read this book over and over again. I should really read The Far Pavilions…
What was your favourite book in middle school?
I really liked Harry Potter, but I think everyone says that? So let’s see… I loved all of Artemis Fowl, I was pretty obsessed (and I need to reread it!) and Rick Riordan, and I read A Swiftly Tilting Planet and A Ring of Endless Light by Madeline l’engle. Then, when I was in seventh grade, various friends (my math teacher and a family friend) introduced me to The Old Kingdom, The Montmaray Journals, and Tamora Pierce, which continue to be some of my favourite books to today.
What was your favourite book in high school?
I only finished high school six months ago, so it’s hard to say… but let’s say Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, because I was really into the Lunar Chronicles for all of high school. I still like it, but less so than before.
What book did you give up on as a kid that you’d like to revisit?
We had this book called Cannily, Cannily, which I think was really sensitive about exclusion and rural Australia, but I thought it was really boring. I also read a lot of classics which I think went over my head…I’d like to come back to The Lord of The Rings in a more thorough way at some point as well.
What book did you check out of the library most as a child?
Aaaah I love libraries a lot! I think I probably checked Harry Potter out lottttts before we got copies, and after that Tamora Pierce--you can see my name again and again on the checkout slip. But I remember completely falling in love with the Ingo books, which I read in library copies before my godmother bought them for me.
What book did you make your friends read?
ALL THE BOOKS. Okay, let me think of a specific one…I recommended The Mysterious Benedict Society far and wide.
What is the book that made you love reading?
When we moved to India, I was six. We brought about four kids books with us, because my parents didn’t anticipate us becoming such wild readers. Anyway, we had this New Zealand anthology of children’s literature–a selection of stories and poems and novel excerpts. Often I didn’t have the full story, but I had just enough to want more. I still haven’t read many of the original books, haha. I remember one of the haikus, by Hone Tuwhare, I think: stop/ your snivelling/creek bed/ come rain hail/ and flood-water/laugh again.
What is your favourite children’s book now?
It’s so hard to say! I love having a little sister…she gets to read some of the books I like and I can recommend them to her. I don’t actually know, but in the interest of not repeating myself, I’ll say The Wombles. This book is so weird, so English, so charming.
What is your favourite middle grade book now?
What is your favourite YA now?
I don’t know–I still mostly read YA, but I would say Michelle Cooper’s Montmaray Journals are an eternal sort of book, ones I know I’ll continue to love for the rest of my life.
What was the first long series you read as a child?
Probably Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, though there isn’t necesserily an order.
I’m skipping the last two questions because I’m tired and I didn’t really have scholastic book fairs. I’m so glad that I’ve always loved reading though, it was nice to remember all of these books. I’m going to tag Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane Books (I want to hear about French kidlit!) and May @ Forever and Everly (because I haven’t talked to you for ages, hi May!) and feel free to participate and all that.
Tell me about your bookish childhood (if you had one!) in the comments? And have you read any of these many many books?