A Book Related discussion.
My mum loves reading, she always has. Her bookshelf is filled with Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Enid Blyton, Stephen King, Clive Cussler, Colin Forbes and the sorts. When I was young she gave me books to read to try and get me into reading. It worked and I was forever asking her for more books to read. She didn’t own that many books so I found myself re-reading books I had already read at least twice, yet I still loved each book.
The books I grew up reading were all of the books from The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I fell in love with this series, I developed a crush on Julian, I liked that Dick was so reliable, I thought Anne was pretty and was my favourite character and I loved that George was so adventurous. This series was my childhood. I wished I could have adventures like The Famous Five, in fact I tried to find my own adventures but they never quite turned out like these.
The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy!
There’s a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail – looking for clues – but they’re not alone! Someone else has got the same idea.
Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?
If only my mum had known about Blyton’s other children’s books like The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, The Secret Series, Malory Towers, The Adventurous Four and St. Clare’s. I’m sure I would have had just as much fun reading those books!
When I got a bit older she introduced me to the author David Eddings. I re-read The Belgariad series and it’s sequel series The Mallorean at least five times each, purely because I could not find any other books that I enjoyed just as much.
“Eddings’ BELGARIAD is exactly the kind of fantasy I like. It has magic, adventure, humor, mystery, and a certain delightful human insight.”- Piers Anthony
Long ago, so the storyteller claimed, the evil God Torak sought dominion over all and drove the world to war. Now the one talisman keeping this sinister force from seizing power has been disturbed—and no one will be safe. . . .
Raised on a quiet farm by his Aunt Pol, Garion spends his days lounging in his aunt’s warm kitchen and playing in the surrounding fields with his friends. He has never believed in magic, despite the presence of a cloaked, shadowless stranger who has haunted him from a distance for years. But one afternoon, the wise storyteller Wolf appears and urges Garion and his aunt to leave the farm that very night. Without understanding why, Garion is whisked away from the only home he has ever known—and thrown into dark and unfamiliar lands.
Thus begins an extraordinary quest to stop a reawakened evil from devouring all that is good. It is a journey that will lead Garion to discover his heritage and his future. For the magic that once seemed impossible to Garion is now his destiny.
As I kept hunting in her book shelf for other books that were anything like David Eddings’ books I then discovered The Shannara books by Terry Brooks. But my mum did not own all of these books, in fact she only owned one: The Elfstones of Shannara, which is the second book in the original series.
Actually I did not know this untill a few days a go when I decided to look it up on goodreads, – The cover did not have “The Long Awaited Sequel” written on it like this cover does… – no wonder I felt like I was missing little things while reading it. I read that book; I liked that book; that book scared the crap out of me and made me sad with the turn of events.
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree created by long-lost Elven magic, is dying. When Wil Ohmsford is summoned to guard the Amberle on a perilous quest to gather a new seed for a new tree, he is faced with the Reaper, the most fearsome of all Demons. And Wil is without power to control them….
Those were the books that I grew up reading until I discovered the library held many more books that I could love. These books all hold some sort of place in my childhood.
What were the books you grew up reading?