Well, clearly yes, you are reading me if you are reading this……. In fact I wanted to ask about reading other authors………. other than our very own Pterry.
I was on the train today returning from seeing my son in London and I was knitting – there is a surprise – I was working on my Carnival item in fact. However, when I got to the point where I had to pick up the borders for the neck and the arms I decided that a bumpy train where I was squashed in next to another passenger was possibly not the place to do that…….. So I turned to my book to read. In fact I did not get much read as the family who had come to sit at the same table as me took putting down my needles as a signal that they could ask me lots and lots and lots of questions about knitting. It was fun talking to them and setting them right about modern knitting and yarns. However, I noticed their son, about 8 or 9 years old I would say, was bored the whole journey because he could not get the internet to play games. What a great shame! So many hours of travel have been a chance for me to knit or to read – and on occasion to do both at once………. I felt so sorry for the lad that he had no book to turn to in order to lose himself while he travelled.
As a child I was rarely without a book within reach. I was a member at the library and loved to go into the children’s room and choose books. I remember when I was very young it was Orlando the Marmalade Cat and also Olga da Polga who was a guinea pig – I had a pet ginger cat and also a pet guinea pig. I have just discovered that Olga was written by Michael Bond who also wrote Paddington – and M. Pamplemousse that I love as an adult. I also read books about Harry who was a naughty dog – that has returned to bite me with the arrival of my very own naughty dog – aka Puppy Boy. Bobby Brewster followed and then fairy tales from around the world, like the one about the magic tinderbox and the one about the girl who went to look for strawberries in December, and Baba Yagga…….. I loved reading and had read all the books in my Primary School reading scheme well before I got to the top class! (Primary School = 5 years old to 11 years old with the top class for me being aged 9 to 11.)
When you were a child, which books did you love to read? Did you have a favourite author or series?