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A Book From Your Childhood: Bookish Blog Hops

Yes, I am hosting one more day of this bookish blog hop; this time, the topic is A Book From Your Childhood.

Just like music or smells or some sights can trigger memories, books seem to have the ability to take us to other times and other places. Marcel Proust very rightly said that “There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we believe we left without having lived them, those we spent with a favorite book.” For me, many of my happiest childhood days have revolved around books as well. Well, I had a happy childhood filled with books so it simply is a natural progression as well!!

As I discussed bookish memories on my blog this week, and also read Jeanine’s FB post where she asked us which books had a deep impact on us, I wanted to dwell on this topic of books that are on our brains for so much longer than others just a bit more. This led me to an interesting read on Wired titled – How Childhood Books Make Us Who We Are. Which led me down another path entirely (the story of my everyday life, where I am constantly going down connected paths!!

Anyways, in the article, different people talked about a book from their childhood that had a major impact on them in one way or the other. They also talk about whether they discussed the book with adults in their lives at the time. It is certainly interesting to read their answers.

A Book From Your Childhood: Bookish Blog Hops . image has a silhouette of a woman's head and inside it shows a girl reading (also silhouetted).

Somehow it also seemed fitting that I host this prompt-day for the hop about a childhood book. Check out what I and the others from our group have picked for the same below.

A Book From Your Childhood

My Pick

One of the first books that had a strong impact on me was What Katy Did. You can read more of my thoughts about the book here. I think I wanted to be as strong as Katy was, and that want, I believe, helped in my real life as well. Did I talk about this book with the adults in my life? I don’t think so, or at least, I don’t recall doing so. My parents totally supported my reading habits. But I mostly recall discussing magazines we all read (like India Today, or Frontline, or even Women’s Era – all popular magazines at that time in India) or comics (like Amar Chitra Katha, Tinkle, Indrajal Comics, and more) with them!

Jo Linsdell @ Jo Linsdell |Twitter|

So many books come to mind. When I was younger I was obsessed by the Garfield books and collected a large portion of the series. I also loved series like Sweet Valley High and The Babysitters Club. Judy Blume was definitely an author that had a big impact on my growing up. I read so many of her books. From Super Fudge to Are You There God? It’s me Margaret, I loved them all.

Leslie Conzatti @ The Upstream Writer |Facebook|

One of the most influential books (series, actually) from my childhood would have to be the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. I read quite prolifically as soon as I learned how, and I think what I enjoyed most about the activity of reading was the way that it brought new scenarios to my mind, and brought me places in my imagination that would not exist in real life. Everything from Little House On The Prairie to Anne of Green Gables, Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, Brian Jacques’ Redwall series, Peter Pan, plus a whole list of fairy tales… but my favorite was Chronicles of Narnia, which I read cover-to-cover several times growing up. I loved the simple magic of it, the allegorical references, the triumph of good over evil, and the overall gravity conveyed in a series written for children. It’s still a cherished piece of literature to this day!

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My brother (who turned 12 this year) is currently reading one of my favorite childhood series. Michelle Paver’s Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is an ongoing series set in the frigid arctic. It takes readers back six thousand years when people used to live in clans and worshipped animal and nature spirits.

I never really saw these books as Fantasy though there is magic and mystical presence throughout the books. The name is actually quite apt because these are dark books, about loss of parents, friendships, bonds with the community, and much more. I haven’t reread them since I was a teenager and it brings me a lot of joy to see the series continue.

The first 6 books centre around a young boy Torak, as he becomes an adult. Books 7 and 8 are when Torak is older. I haven’t read 7 and 8 and now that this prompt has reminded me of them, I hope to read one this year! What’s better than a winter book read in winter?

Kaili @ Owl Book World |Twitter|

Surprisingly growing up I didn’t care much for reading. Shocking I know but it wasn’t really something that wasn’t presented as fun. And to be honest I never really remember my family reading to me. Granted I did read some and wish it was something that was presented a little more to me. The books that I did read I absolutely loved! To name a few I read the Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine and I really enjoyed The Boxcar Children and The Babysitters club.

A lot of the books I read back then were pretty short books but that’s what I loved about them. As someone who wasn’t a big reader those types of books really caught my attention more than ones on the bigger side. Just talking about these books makes me really want to go back and read them because I don’t exactly remember what I enjoyed so much about them besides that they were short!

Now It Is Your Turn

Let me know what you would pick for this prompt – a book from your childhood – and I can add it here!

For the previous days of this blog hop, check out the other stops, linked below:

Related Reads

And Now, the End of This Post

Dear reader, so what are is a book from your childhood that you recall? Either one that had a deep impact or one that you have fond memories of? Have you read any of the listed/featured books today? If you want to join in on the fun of the bookish blog hop in the next round, check out our FB group here. And do join us each day as we continue this blog hop.

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9 thoughts on “A Book From Your Childhood: Bookish Blog Hops

  1. One book that has always stuck with me ever since I was little is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It’s a really moving story.

  2. There are so many books from my childhood that I remember. One of the first was “Goodnight Moon” and then I wound up reading that same book to my own kids.

  3. YES! Agree with so many of these. I was obsessed with Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children, Little House on the Prairie, and these tragic books by Lurlene McDaniels. Did anyone else read those? Looking back I have no idea why they were good…they were all sad.

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