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The Book Chat

4 Apr

This is one of my favourite book chat topics for a while – Children’s books!

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I have loved reasding and books for as long as I remember. I remember being stupidly excited about the week that the book fayre was coming to town. I remember picking up my first Harry Potter book off my primary school bookshelf having little idea of the impact that it would have on my life. I remember the books that I was desperate for my friends to read so that we could discuss!

There are a few that stand out more than others…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar! I’ve mentioned this one the last time The Book Chat had this prompt, but it was so special that it even made it in to my final year university coursework!

I’m not sue I’ve mentioned this on the blog before but when I was a child I also used to have a pet Barn Own named Willow. At one of the school book fayres I picked up a book about 3 owls (that’s all I can remember!) but I was absolutely obsessed with it just because it had owls in! Now, 15 years later, Owls are everywhere – I was miles ahead of the crowd!

I also had a personalised book that my Nanny gave me when I was younger – I was a bear and the story was all about me and my friends playing in a dream land (I think…it was a long time ago!)

As I got a little older it was all about The Babysitter’s Club and then The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants. We used to have a book track scheme at my local library. Mum used to take me every Saturday morning after my trampolining lesson and those series’ would always be the ones that I sought out first.

Then came Harry Potter. What can I say about those? They were the first (and only) series that I pre-ordered and counted down the days until the release date, I waited eagerly for the movies and would stay up late every night until I finished the latest story. I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that JK Rowling changed my life…

What were your favourite books growing up?



The Book Chat.

17 May

Linking up for The Book Chat again today, over at Sweet Green Tangerine.

This week’s prompt is possibly my favourite so far… Share favourite books from our childhood!

The first book I remember loving is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I mean, who didn’t love this book?! I even had a finger puppet edition, so my caterpillar was quite literally eating through the pages and fruit as I read (or rather listened..!)


I even did a project on this book when I was at university (I studied Psychology with Early Years Education) and made a board game and props to accompany it! I ❤ ❤ ❤ it!

As I grew up, I became hopelessly addicted to Harry Potter. I remember picking up The Chamber of Secrets from the book shelves in my classroom once, and another boy at my table asking whether I had read The Philosopher’s Stone already? I hadn’t, but lookin back it seems completely ludacris to me that there was a time when I didn’t know what order the HP books came in!

Finally, when I was a teenager I studied To Kill A Mockingbird as part of my GCSE English Lit course. This is the first book that I read that made me feel like an adult, and I really enjoyed something that wasn’t either trashy ‘chick lit’, or teenage fiction.


Talking of childhood and learing to read, seems like a good time to mention my favourite line from To Kill a Mockingbird and Scout Finch; “I could not remember when the lines about Atticus’s moving finger seperated in to words”. I have no idea why but I remember loving that line when I first read it, and can still remember it word-for-word all these years later!

I don’t plan on having children anytime soon, but I can’t wait to share my love of words and reading and all things book related with some little humans!