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My Book Love

Visitors to our home instantly realise that books are an integral part of our family culture, as would readers of my blog:)  I simply cannot remember a time I have not loved the printed word. Family folklore is, I taught myself to read at the age of 4, this must be true as I remember reading before Kindergarten.  So when Sue asked me to discuss books including my childhood favourites I simply don’t know where to stop, I have so many!  I just love it when my children love my favourites, and am equally devastated when they don’t!!  An exciting part of sharing our book love is finding new favourites together too:)  Just a sample.

Favourite Books of My Childhood
Magic Faraway Tree & sequels – Enid Blyton
Little Miss Pepperpot
Billabong Books – Mary Grant Bruce
Heidi’s Children – Charles Tritton
Little Men – Louisa May Alcott (Not so keen on Little Women, drippy)
Trixie Belden
Nancy Drew
Abbey Girls – Elise J Oxenham
Anne at Green Gables series – LM Montgomery
Anything Australian including; Ethel Turner, Lillian Turner, Joan Phipson, Mary Elywyn Patchett, Hesba Brinsmead, Mavis Thorpe Clark, Ivan Southall, Margaret Paice, Nan Chauncy

What…?? You want me to stop…!!

Favourite Books I Have Read Aloud to My Children
Where to start!

Caddie Woodlawn
John of the Sirius and of Sydney Cove – Doris Chadwick
Rats of Nihm – Leslie Robert C O’Brien
The Mitchells – Hilda van Stockum
Cottage at Bantry Bay series- Hilda Van Stockum
Andries – Hilda Van Stockum
Beatrix Potter Collection
Winnie-the-Pooh – AA Milne
Four Storey Mistake series – Elizabeth Enright
The Penderwicks series – Jeanne Birdsall
Mr Popper’s Penguins
Ponny the Penguin
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
The Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingall Wilder
The Caroline Years etc – Maria Wilkes
Ramona – Beverly Cleary
St Pius X – Vision books
St John Bosco – Vision series
Oh getting carried away again..!

Books I’m Reading Aloud at the Moment
Penderwicks at Point Mouette – Jeanne Birdsall
Deltora Quest – Actually we’re listening to our first audio books and loving it!

Favourite Novels I have Read
I’m quite an eclectic reader, sometimes I read more weighty novels and sometimes well, lighter ones.

This House of Brede – Rumer Godden
The Dean’s Watch – Elizabeth Goudge
Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Elected Silence – Thomas Merton
Mary Higgins Cark – Enjoy these when in the mood
Sister Fidelma mysteries – Peter Treymayne (*Not comfortable with the Church History slant, not my understanding, but enjoy nevertheless)

Anne Perry – I’m a big fan of all her books
Elizabeth Peters – Enjoy her Amelia Peabody books

Novels I have Recently Enjoyed
Her Mother’s Hope & sequel – Francine Rivers
The House at Riverton – Kate Morton (*Not quite comfortable with parts, but very well written)
Left to Tell – Immaculee Ilbagiza
Led by Faith – Immaculee Ilbagiza

Novels I am Currently Reading
Ah.. well would you believe nothing.  I did read PC’s Clive Cussler the other night, I’m desperate for suggestions.

Novels I’d Like to Read
Lily Trilogy – Sherry Boas

I’d love the following to share some of their favourite books:
Gae at Cherished Hearts at Home
Linda at Pillars of Pine
MM at Then There Were Four
Deanne at Five Brothers, One Sister
Sue at Not Enough Butter
Anna Maria at Koala’s Song

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