Discussion: Books you grew up reading

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 SeriesMalory 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.

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings - The Belgariad 1

“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.
The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks

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?

Miss J


5 thoughts on “Discussion: Books you grew up reading

  1. I absolutely loved Enid Blyton when I was growing up – when I was 7 my parents bought me a hard cover collecters series of 72 of her books! And I spent the next 4 years devouring them and rereading my favourites over and over :) My favourite series of hers was definitely the Adventure series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Adventure_Series) though I also really liked the Naughtiest Girl in School and there was also 3 circus stories with the same characters that I thought was awesome :)

    Aside from Enid Blyton I spent a lot of time reading Roal Dahl with my dad and sister, we would always read one of his books when we did a car trip to visit my grandmother down in Melbourne (a 2-3 day car journey basically).

    I also loved the Chrestomanci series by Dianna Wynne Jones which I discovered in grade 6 when we read the Many Lives of Christopher Chant in class.

    Yes I have always been a book worm and I was very lucky that my parents cultivated it- I always had heaps of books and we did regular trips to the local library too :)

    • Oh my gosh, 72 books written by Enid Blyton! That must have been amazing!

      interestingly enough, I have never read a Roald Dahl book. Ever. I’m not sure why. I was introduced to one of his books when I was in primary but I never found my way to reading it. I feel like I missed out on it!

      That is pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I remember reading through all the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book at my library by the time I reached 3 grade… and then the librarian tried to get me to read other books but I refused…

    I stumbled upon Piers Anthony books by accident in the 4th grade… I’ve reread some of his books and wow, there are some raunchy scenes and I don’t remember any of them (before rereading the books)… I remembered random things like a lady who turns into a unicorn and a guy who turns into a robot and evil mages/leaders (aka politicians but when I was a kid I had no idea what a politician was… just thought them as a leader) wanting to destroy these cities in gigantic glass domes. Of course while rereading them, I realized… Piers Anthony was/is a very adult author… there were many sexual scenes and the serfs walked around naked and some of them were aroused and such… and I was like “ummm I did not remember any of this when I was a kid” (I probably didn’t know what those things were then! Hence not remembering it)…

    Anyway I have a point – just a long transition – when I returned the books back to the library – the librarian (I vaguely remember her face) was very surprised when I asked her for more books like Piers Anthony…long story short she introduced me to Terry Brooks. I loved the Shannara series. Though I loved the older works more than the new ones. The old ones had this magic to them, now they feel like filler books… books without the lore or magic but still takes place in the same “world.” Mind you, I still love reading them regardless (even now), but now they seem redundant… always someone trying to thwart the heroes from the inside and always the heroes seems reluctant….

    I also loved the Chronicles of Narnia… I bought all the books at the book fairs that came to the schools. I would save my allowance just so I could buy the books one at a time per book fair.

    Oh the first and second grades, I world revolved around the Boxcar Children…

    • Omg hahaha that is very funny! Maybe you were so traumatized by those scenes and had no idea what was happening that you blocked them out of your memory? I can only imagine what the librarian would have been thinking at the time. Ohh dear!

      Ohh Nancy Drew! I wish I had been introduced to those books when I was a kid.

      I think I might look into reading the old Shannara series. That one book I have read was pretty good, just pretty scary as well.

      Aww that’s cute about the Chronicles of Narnia!

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