Recently I went through my shelves and decided to clean out some of my collection. I emptied two whole shelves of books I had either read ages ago and would never pick up again or some of the books I bought but knew I would never actually read them. I hate admitting to that but, oh well. Such is life. It was while I was doing this that I thought of this post’s topic. I realized that I had a few books from my childhood that I was still holding on to and acknowledge that I will probably never part with them.
I find it fascinating that even after all these years those few books still have an impact on me. One I haven’t reread in nearly a decade almost, and another that I love reading retellings of. At first, I had a list of 3 or 4 books for this post I wanted to talk about especially, but as I am writing I have added more to the list. Oh boy…
I always have to talk about this book, because it is my favorite book. It is the book that started it all and made me the QuietBiblio. Without it, I’m sure my life would have been 10x more boring than it currently is. And I sure as hell wouldn’t be running a blog about books. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson is literally the only reason why I read for fun. Had I not read this book back when I was 12 years old and in the sixth grade, I would most likely be struggling with life right now. I reread this one just last year and it was like visiting an old friend. Full of good memories and comfort. It is a simple story with a rich plot and I can never get enough of it.
This next one is one that I haven’t read in nearly a decade. It’s been about 7-8 years since I last picked it up and read it cover to cover. But I have gone back and read through my favorite parts here and there. It is called Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey and it is a retelling of Cinderella. A rather, unique retelling of Cinderella I think. And that is one of the reasons I am so fond of it. While it has the standard stepmother and stepsisters and glass slippers and ball and dancing, there is also twist after twist and mystery and obviously, the romance is still there. I am a hopeless romantic with a soft spot for Cinderella. And just one glance at my copy and you can tell that it’s been read quite a few times. It’s kinda sorta falling to bits. Not that I don’t take care of my books, but rather that I have opened it to specific parts so many times the spine cracked.
Now for one that is simply just a classic, Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lowis Carroll. Personally, I don’t think you can’t have one without the other and I just love love love these two books. They are whimsical and magical and silly and they make you think about what is written. And they are just classics. I am a fan of Alice In Wonderland movies too, I have seen quite a few different versions. (Including some bad ones…) I have illustrated copies of these that I refuse to part with because I think the illustrations just make the story better.
I good just create a list of all the books I liked from my childhood but that would be quite a long list. So, I want to leave it here and just give a few quick shoutouts to a few honorable mentions:
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Casson Family Series by Hilary McKay
What books do you remember from your childhood? Or what books remind you of your childhood? Let me know in the comments below!