Forgot that I was going to do #Bookaday this month... In essence, it is a chance for book lovers to share old favourites, new favourites and general book-related things.
Day 1 - Favourite book from childhood.
Well... If we go riiiiiiight back, I guess it was 'My Day' by Lynne Bradbury. It is a toddler book by Ladybird, which documents a day in the life of a baby. It is all terrible white middle-class in the 70s, so is terribly dated and non-PC now. But I loved it as a baby.
As a slightly older child, I loved the 'Alfie and Annie Rose' stories by Shirley Hughes. They told the story of Alfie, who is about 4 or 5, and his toddler sister, Annie Rose. Lovely, gentle stories, with beautiful illustrations. I also loved 'Dogger' by the same author and 'Burglar Bill' by Janet and Allan Alhberg.
Getting even older, I enjoyed all the Roald Dahl books immensely. 'Matilda' and 'The Witches' were probably my 2 favourites. I also liked 'The Famous Five' and The 'Malory Towers/St Clares' school stories by Enid Blyton.
Basically, picking a childhood favourite is too hard. Tastes change so much during childhood, that to pin down one is very tricky!
Day 2 - Best Bargain.
A few years ago now, on LiveJournal I believe. I happened to mention that I loved the James Herriot series of vet stories, but was sad that I didn't have my own copies. Then the lovely Zoe piped up that she had them, had no interest in keeping them any longer, and would I like them? YES!
I now have the complete James Herriot collection on my bookshelf. A series that I love, that are great at cheering me up if I feel a bit under the weather, and all for free! Thank you Zoe!