International Children’s Day is just around the corner. So I thought I’d share about the books that have been my trusted companions growing up.
I don’t remember much about the books I read as a child, but here are three names that have defined my teenage reads. There are links for places where you can find these books for free.
I could not tell you exactly how many Jules Verne books I read. Loads.
His books always took me on an adventure.
My favourite book of his is probably The Mysterious Island. This is partly because of the characters and partly because of the geeky stuff. His characters are smart, courageous and resourceful – and I admired them greatly. By geeky stuff, I’m referring to the fact that he imagined and wrote about the elevator, the submarine in another book and came up with technological innovations, that later became part of our everyday life.
I don’t read Jules Verne anymore and I wonder why. Still, I am just as big of a fan, for the sake of all the wonderful adventures he took me on as a kid.
You can find some of his books for free on The Gutenberg Project.
The best book I found in my grandfather’s library was a collection of O. Henry short stories. Few have heard of the author, but many have heard his stories, in some form or another. The Last Leaf is a popular one, and The Gift of the Magi.
What I liked best about O.Henry’s stories are the endings. All throughout the story you think you know what’s going on, only for things to take an unexpected twist at the end and leave you flabbergast. I always wondered how he came up with these surprising endings. It is pure genius and incredibly fun.
O. Henry’s novels are not actually for kids – I am enjoying them even more now as an adult. If interested, you can find some on The Gutenberg Project.
I’m aware Sherlock Holmes is not an author – Arthur Conan Doyle is – but his name says it all, doesn’t it? How I liked to read detective stories growing up, and how nothing measured up to the cases and adventures of our man Sherlock and his faithful Watson!
The Hound of the Baskervilles was the first English book I have read in it’s entirety, and many followed. The mystery, suspense, and most particularly Sherlock’s detective genius had me holding my breath until the murderer was caught, the thief arrested and the case closed.
My husband bought me two collections of Sherlock Holmes stories recently, and I’m planning to give them another read, to revisit my old friends.
My reading habits and tastes have changed some. But I have fond memories and I look forward to introducing my children to my friends, when the time comes.
Do you remember the books you read as a child/teenager? What are the books you grew up with?