Saturday, 14 January 2012

My Three Books

My Three Books is a ‘linky’ hosted by A mummy too

When I was a child, I used to read an incredible amount – something I’m pleased to see replicated by my daughter at the moment who seems to finish books in a matter of hours sometimes. Mind you, they all tend to be about Vampires / Werewolves and other tweenage stuff…. (It will never catch on)

Topically, due to the film’s release this year – I’m actually going to pick The Hobbit as my favourite childhood book. It is a far easier read than The Lord of The Rings for kids and Tolkien used to drive my imagination wild, trying to dream up and picture his world of fantasy, landscapes and creatures.

As an adult, I haven’t read that much to be honest. Mostly, two or three paperbacks a year when lying sunbathing on holiday (that was of course before having kids, I mean when do we get enough peace to finish a book these days?)

I do love the psycho crime stuff that Mark Billingham writes, however I’m going to pick a book I discovered a few years ago, following our son’s diagnosis of ASD. It’s called The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-time and it’s very well written by Mark Haddon who captures the autistic perspective brilliantly in a thoroughly entertaining read.

There are many children’s books I have read over and over, and in some cases, over again with our kids. My son’s autistic traits of sameness and repetitive nature ensures there is no escape from certain books he latches on to and it wouldn’t be the first time we have read the same book for ten days in a row.

Again, I’m going to choose something else though. A book that I read to both our children more than any other, and although this was extremely repetitive, it reminds me of their time as toddlers. It is of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and I’m sure you have all read it a million times too ;-)


  1. Great choices and thanks for sharing the stories behind them. We love Eric Carle too :)

  2. 3 excellent choices - especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

    1. thanks ! so many great books to choose from though. I was tempted to pick Fungus The Bogeyman as my own childhood one. Gross, but great fun.