Today’s post will be a difficult one. My favourite childhood book. Anyone that knows me, knows that I read a lot – or at least I used to. Choosing one favourite from my childhood will be a difficult process of elimination.
I have to thank my mom for my love of reading. She would read to me from birth, and as soon as I was able to read myself, she would encourage me to read to her. We had a collection of books, the Puddle Lane series, where the adult reads the story on one page and the child reads a word or two on the other, and they would increase in difficulty as the child got better. She kept them, and I have used them with my own two children.
We would often go to our local library and pick out something for me to read, and I would bring home dozens of books from the school library as I got older. I mostly enjoyed reading books that were a part of a series. Babysitter’s Club, Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, and later Discworld. But I would also enjoy reading non-fiction books to slake my thirst for knowledge.
Going back to choosing my favourite… it’s going to have to be The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett. The very first book in the Discworld series, that went on to contain almost 50 novels. It was published the year I was born, but I didn’t read it until I was about 10 years old. Two of my uncles were big Terry Pratchett fans, and seeing me blossom into a little book nerd, they introduced me to the series.
It had me hooked from the very beginning, Rincewind the wizard is still one of my favourite Discworld characters. I can’t remember if my mom bought me my own copy, or if I just kept my uncle’s later on, but I still have the dog-eared paperback on my bookshelf. In fact, writing this has made me feel super nostalgic and I might go and re-read it later (which is something I rarely do. I’m not one for re-reading books I’ve finished)
In case you were wondering, the colour of magic is called Octarine. A colour only visible to wizards, and cats. It’s a sort of greenish-purple colour
And, in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett – “A man is not dead while his name is still spoken” GNU Terry Pratchett
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