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My three books – what are yours?

January 8, 2012

I love books. Really love them. Couldn’t exist without them. The following quote sums it up:

There’s no drug like a book. If I couldn’t read I’d die.
(from ‘Swallowing Grandma’ by Kate Long)

So I am planning to write more blogposts about books and reading from now on.

My first blogpost about books this year has been inspired by Em from A mummy too, who is is currently encouraging people to ‘share the three books you love most from your time as a child, adult and parent.’

Only three? Really? Ok, I’ll do my best.

'My Naughty Little Sister', 'Real Fast Food' & 'Elmer'

CHILDHOOD
My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards
One for all big sisters everywhere. (I am the eldest of 5 sisters, so this book is perfect for me). I loved having these stories read to me when I was a little girl and my sister Lucy was an even littler girl, and I loved reading them to when youngest sisters when I was in my teens. The stories are great for reading aloud, because they sound as though you are telling a real story of something that actually happened. The illustrations by Shirley Hughes are gorgeous too.

ADULTHOOD
Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater
Am I allowed to choose a cookbook? This is a really great read, as well as having some great ideas for delicious informal food. I love this book so much I have it as a ebook on my Kindle as well as in print. The ebook copy is handy on holiday and in supermarkets. The print copy has been splashed with food on various pages, always a good indicator of a well-used cookbook.

PARENTHOOD
Elmer by David McKee
Anyone who knows me, or who has been reading this blog for a while, will know about my love for this book. One of my favourite ever stories, so I was very pleased when my son Aled started to love it as much as I do. Elmer is a beautiful, multicoloured patchwork elephant who decides he is tired of being different and disguises himself as a ordinary grey elephant, before realising that the other elephants love him for who he is. I think this message is particularly valuable for boys, as our society puts pressure on boys and men to appear to be dull and drab and not stand out in the way that they dress. For other blogposts that mention Elmer, see here and there is an audioboo here.

Now it’s your turn…

Choose your three favourite books and write a blogpost and add it to the three books linky. And of course, you’re welcome to share your thoughts in the comments box below.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2012 3:59 pm

    Thanks for joining in – these look great. I haven’t read Elmer but it sounds like something Joel would love. Goodness, my reading list is getting rather long now!

    • January 12, 2012 10:23 am

      Thanks for the idea! It’s been great reading everyone’s #3books choices. And like you, I now have a rather long reading list 😉

  2. January 9, 2012 8:24 pm

    Nigel Slater! God of all cooking. I didn’t think of a cookbook…have you read Tender? I keep mine by the bed just so I can revel in their beauty every so often!

    And, by a lovely coincidence, you should see the book I’ve picked for my parenthood favourite!

    • January 12, 2012 10:27 am

      I did wonder whether I should include a cookbook. But I have revisited and reread ‘Read Fast Food’ more than any other book, and it was one of the first ebooks I ever bought too.

      Haven’t got ‘Tender’ yet though. Must add it to my ever-increasing Amazon wishlist…

      And I love your parenthood favourite! So many of my friends have never even heard of it, so it’s great to find that you love it too!

  3. January 16, 2012 8:50 pm

    I’ve heard really fabulous things about Nigel Slater’s Real Fast Food. I would really love to read his autobiography.

    • January 18, 2012 10:10 am

      His autobiography Toast, is excellent. And quite a short book too. There are some sad bits though (his mum dies!) so don’t read it if you’re feeling vunerable.

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