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Memory Lane

I have a confession.

When I was young, I hated reading. I really did not like it!

Though, I was lucky enough to have a mum who liked reading and literature. She would read to me and my sister often, all kinds of things from books to poetry.

Now I read practically all the time πŸ˜€ It’s a great escapism for me, and with the surge of self-published books, it means there are so many other stories open to us now!

But back then I was, and still am in some ways, a very fussy reader. A book had to catch me within a couple of pages or I lost interest. In my teens, I didn’t really read anything at all. I wrote A LOT, but very little reading.

So for me, the books I did read when I was younger really stand out today. Those books that just caught me and stick in my mind until this day.

A Witch in Time by Terry Deary (the original, not the 2002 one)- I borrowed this from my primary school library and loved it! Not sure why it had me hooked, I just remember that it did.

Beyond the Deep Woods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell– There were so many great parts in this. I cried at one point, and got so scared I couldn’t sleep with the light off at another πŸ˜€ Didn’t enjoy the rest of the series though.

Mrs Wishy Washy – I didn’t actually enjoy this, I just used to torture my mum with it by bringing it home as compulsory reading from infant school. She hated that book.

The Perfume (Point Horror) – I rediscovered this book on Chrissi Reads, (a brilliant blog!) after trying to remember what it was called. I even wrote a short piece inspired by it on my other blog.

There are a few others, but these are the ones I remember the most, that I sometimes think of fondly whilst waiting around with nothing on my mind.

I think these are the types of books that started my love of wanting to write a story, to write something that someone, somewhere will think of fondly at random points throughout their life πŸ˜€

Do you remember your childhood favourites? Which books started your love for reading and/or writing?

Also, as a side note… I have finished editing! I have got my happy dance groove on!

There will also be no Romance Weekly post this week, as I am working really hard on finishing up these books πŸ˜€ Back on schedule next week though!

Progress Report

Publishing status:
> Stolen- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).
> The Queen’s Jester- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).
> Third Manuscript- Formatting. (Still to do: Cover, blurb, marketing).

May E-Book Review: Book read. Review written.

60 thoughts on “Memory Lane

  1. I always like writing also. I got hung up on Anne Rice when I was in my early twenties. It started with The Mayfair Witches and I now have everything she has ever written. I love her style, but I can’t claim it has influenced my own writing. She would be a hard one to mimick.

    • I have never actually read anything by Anne Rice. She’s an author I keep meaning to try out, and then somehow always put off. I am definitely going to have to pick up one of her books! πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

      • Start with the Witching Hour…serious, all the other stuff about vampires and the Talamasca organization that tracks the vampires ties into it. Later, the vampires are tied to the witches also, so it is best to know their background.

    • The editing just seemed to keep going on and on! πŸ˜€ I wish I could get back to writing, but I got formatting and covers to go. Urgh, feels ever ending at the moment, and I have such a good idea for my next story!

      How is your writing coming along?

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

      • I’m trying to get a progress bar for my blog so I’ll get motivated to edit…I can’t find one that will work with wordpress.com. So I’m still looking…and trying to ignore the cold in my head :-(. I’ll just drown it with coffee. πŸ™‚

      • Doesn’t Winter have a status bar on her blog? Maybe she’d be able to help πŸ™‚

        Sucks about the cold, especially seeing as no more snow for you so far! Take it easy and drink lots.

  2. I loved the Anne of Green Gables books as a kid. They were escapism pure and simple. I loved the character of Anne and following her story over the course of the books. I read all the time when I was younger. These days I read less as there’s always things distracting me and I’m quite busy. Great post, thanks for sharing your thoughts. πŸ™‚

    • My sister loved the Anne of Green Gables series. We used to have them on cassette (blast from the past!), and she did love listening to them πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  3. Happy to hear that you’re done editing! I’ve always been a reader, and picking up childhood favorites would be hard as there were so many. I loved Little Women to pieces and many Nancy Drew. From age 8 I jumped on the Star Wars Expanded Universe band wagon and never really left it. It was even the novelization of The Phantom Menace that coaxed me into reading in English when I was 14 (as we got the movie 5 months after the US!)

    • Anything that gets you reading is a good thing, right? πŸ˜€ I haven’t read much sci-fi, I don’t know why, because it’s a genre I absolutely love!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • Circle of life, eh? πŸ˜€ I hope if I ever have kids, that mine will find and remember books as much as I do!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  4. Ah…you never forget your childhood reads, do you? My faves were; Preussler’s Little Watersprite, Watership Down, and Tristan and Iseult by Rosemary Sutcliffe.

  5. I think our favourite books stick with us and influence us in some shape or form πŸ™‚

    Well done on finishing the editing process, you’re getting so close to publication! πŸ™‚ Very exciting!

    • It is exciting, I’m trying to supress the nerves and just remain excited! πŸ˜€

      It’s nice to remember the books that influenced us, or got us starting to read!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  6. During my preteens I used to love nearly every book by Avi. I still have many of those childhood books in a box at my mother’s house, though some of them have made it to my own home.

    Congrats on finishing editing!

    • I don’t have childhood books out on the shelves (apart from one!), I think they are stored away in the attic somewhere πŸ˜€ Never know when you might need them.

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  7. I remember my teacher closing her note book, after I had read a section from Winnie the Pooh to her, the tiddle tum rhyme. She said she thought I could read very well and I didn’t need to be read to her any more to show my progress. I think I was almost 7. I’d been reading a lot before but from that point on I read everything I could get my hands on. Little Women, The Secret Garden, Robin Hood, myths and legends.

  8. Congrats on finishing your editing!!! Childhood favourites … Harry Potter didn’t hit until I was about 12 or 13, so let me think back before that … I really loved the Dick and Jane books, I recall. I think that was because the books got progressively harder as you went along, so I felt really accomplished every time I finished one of the books and got to “graduate”, if you will, to the next one. Dr. Seuss were also huge for me … a lot of fairy tale books … a big book of Greek myths … hey, this was a fun romp down memory lane! Thanks πŸ™‚

    • My mum used to have a big book of fairy tales and a book of fairy-tale like books, some were really scary, but that was part of the fun! πŸ˜€

      Thank you for the encouragement and comment! πŸ™‚

  9. I always liked reading, but it doesn’t filter up to consciousness until high school, when my friends seemed to all move on at once. Then I spent a lot of time in the library–happily I might say. “Cherry Ames Student Nurse” was a favorite–the entire series.

    • Library is a nice retreat! I can’t blame you for wanting to spend time there πŸ˜€ My local library was a great place to go, especially as not being able to afford many books, it was a haven!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  10. Thank you for mentioning my blog! I have always loved reading. My mum taught my sister and I to read before we started school at 4 years old. I have very fond memories of reading. It totally is escapism! I have so many favourite books it’s hard to pinpoint just one! πŸ™‚ Great post.

    • You have some great posts on your blog, I always enjoy reading them πŸ™‚

      I did love reading with my mum, that is a fond memory for me too πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  11. Congrats on finishing the edits! Now you have the hairy task of formatting and making a cover. Best of luck, just follow the guidelines and you’ll get there πŸ™‚

    • Gonna have to follow the guidelines to the letter πŸ˜€ But very lucky that there is so much information on others blogs to help out!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

      • I followed bloggers’ advice. Createspace is like Kindle, sounds so easy when they say it, but the guidelines only cover a part of what you need. If you need a good site I’ll send you a link πŸ™‚

  12. My favorite book as a child and still now is Heidi πŸ˜€ I love it πŸ˜€ Read it more than 10 times πŸ˜€

    • It’s great to find those books that keep drawing us back, like putting on a favourite (comfy!) outfit πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  13. Well done on finishing the editing (I wish I was at that stage now) πŸ˜‰

    The book that inspired my love of reading was Pookie (Ivy Wallace) πŸ˜‰

    • Editing was a tough time, but worth it in the end when you see the polished product πŸ˜€

      I’ve never heard of Pookie, it’s amazing how varied people’s book choices have been, it’s pretty awesome!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  14. Congrats on finishing the editing process! It is exciting to hear about your progress. As far as favorite childhood book, I have several–the main ones being anything from the Berenstain Bears Series, The Babysitter’s Club Series, and Winnie the Pooh Classic Books, especially the poetry book titled, “When We Were Young”.

    • I just realised how many series there were out there for younger people πŸ˜€ I was thinking series of books was a relatively new, popular thing. I guess not!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  15. I still have a lot of my childhood favorites and actually still read them on occasion. Congratulations on finishing your editing! Now we need a video of you doing your happy dance. πŸ˜‰ Great post! πŸ˜€

  16. My childhood favourites were definitely Harry Potter. But before that, I loved a book called With You and Without You by Ann M Martin which made me cry every single time I read it. Before THAT it was a pop-up picture book called An Adventure with Polly Polar Bear, which I still own and like to read sometimes. There’s a whole progression of books that shaped my reading life. I’ve been thinking of doing a post on it πŸ™‚

  17. That’s so funny that you didn’t like to read when you were younger but now you love to read! As you point out, you really had to connect to a story so maybe it’s not that you didn’t like to read but just were really really picky, haha! I’m glad you found your love of reading (and writing) in the end though πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, it did take some time before I realised how much I love reading πŸ˜€ I was rather fussy, a book really had to capture me for me to give it my full attention.

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

    • I don’t remember much from young school years, but I do certainly remember the books that made an impact on me πŸ˜€

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  18. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle started me on the road to writing. Lord of the Rings started me on the road to fantasy. But as far as reading is concerned, Charlotte’s Web, Alice in Wonderland, and books of that ilk solidified my love of reading.

    • Lord of the Rings is a hefty read for reading when younger, I admire your commitment πŸ˜€ It’s nice to see how varied your reading was!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  19. My childhood favorites were “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, “The Black Stallion” by Walter Farley, “A Horse Called Wonder” by Joanne Campbell, and … Wow… There was another, but I can’t remember the actual name of it. I believe I have it though, so I’ll have to look for it…

    • It fun to think back and try to remember πŸ˜€ I dug out a couple of old books just to look over them again. Nostalgia I guess!

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚

  20. Is The Perfume, the novel by Patrick Suskind? If it is I loved that one too πŸ™‚ (although obviously I didn’t read it as a child)

    As a kid though I LOVED the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, it was so magical, and also Alice and Wonderland. I love books where there is a discovery of alternate worlds, although until now I had never read the chronicles of Narnia – but I have just received a boxset of them so I’m so excited to snuggle up and read them all πŸ™‚

    • You know, I have no idea on the author! That’s terrible, isn’t it? πŸ˜€ I got so fangirly over rediscovering the book I completely blanked the author!

      Alice in Wonderland is a great tale. Those stories that focus on going somewhere magical draw me in as well. It’s true escapism.

      Thank you for reading and commenting πŸ™‚ And for the follow!

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