I’ve loved reading since I was small. I distinctly remember hitting my head on the control box of a pedestrian crossing on my way home from the library because I had my head buried in the Winnie The Pooh book I’d just brought home.
When I was 9 or 10, I read The Hobbit and that had me hooked on fantasy. It wasn’t long before I’d polished off Lord of the Rings, The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and a few others that either were or have gone on to become classics. During school lunchtimes in the library I’d read The Comedy of Dante – I think I was the only person to take that out of the library.
I’ve managed to pass my love of books on to some of my kids and I’m working on the rest…
Thing2, for World Book Day, is going to school dressed as an Engineer from “Mortal Engines”. He’s “one of the guys who keeps London on it’s wheels” – flat cap, goggles, steampunky waistcoat. Thing3 was going to go as Batman until he remembered he’d got swimming lessons. Thing4 is “Just William” and Thing5 is quite definitely The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
Reading happens every day in this house. There are books all over the place, electronic and physical. The younger kids get bedtime stories, the elder ones read to themselves. Thing1 has a habit of re-reading things over and over again, she’s happily re-reading the Harry Potter series, or the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. As a family we’ve enjoyed “The Magic Faraway Tree”, “Guards, Guards!”
In honour of World Book Day, I’m going to give away books to the first 3 people who comment on this post. No clues, no hints, no suggestions as to what they’ll be. Just tell me what your favourite book is.