I'm pretty sure today was the longest day ever... No particular reason why. It just seemed to drag on foreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever... Tomorrow, at least, it looks like I'll have my final bit of install. At least I hope so, considering the gallery opens next Thursday! (EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK!!!!!! Plan for this weekend? Buy an outfit for opening...) Anyway, on with the books:
Day 21 - Favourite book from your childhood
Okay, it's actually not possible for me to pick ONE here. When I was about five, it was this:
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. Robert Munsch is a Canadian children's author, and everything he writes is amazing. Sadly, I Love You Forever is pretty much his only book that's available here. First published in 1980, The Paper Bag Princess is the story of a princess named Elizabeth. She plans on marrying a prince named Ronald, who's perfect. But then a dragon turns up, destroys her kingdom and kidnaps Ronald. The only thing she can find to wear is a paper bag. So she puts it on and sets off to rescue Ronald, who turns out to be kind of an arsehole. So she dumps him and sets off to live her own life. It's awesome, and every little girl should be given it.
When I was seven, my favourite book was Little House on the Prarie, as I mentioned here. When I was ten, I had three favourites:
The Boggart by Susan Cooper. A Canadian family inherit a castle in Scotland, only to find that when they take some of the furniture home to Scotland with them, they've inadvertently brought an unexpected guest - a boggart. Nothing like the boggarts in Harry Potter, this boggart lives for mischief and likes to play tricks and practical jokes. I reread it at the weekend. It's still awesome, although reading about how a computer with a 1GB hard drive costs $10,000 made me cackle hysterically and pine for the early 90s when a colour monitor was the height of sophistication.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. What can I say - even at the age of 10, I was secretly a nerd. Our copy at home is so well read that the spine has broken and it's now a two part story. I bought the version above recently and I'm reading it at the moment. Needless to say, I'm insanely excited about the movie, and I really wish it was coming out sooner than December 2012. UGH!!! SO FAR AWAY!!!!!!!!! >.<
Finally, we have Redwall by Brian Jacques. I read this when we drove to Scotland for a family holiday in 1993. In hindsight, the idea of mice, squirrels, otters, hedgehogs and badgers living together in an abbey is pretty whacked out. Especially when they're fighting a war against a giant rat and his army of vermin... But good GOD, I loved the Redwall series. I pretty much read the words off the pages until I was about 14, which was about the time that I got Lord of the Rings for Christmas. One of these days, I should probably reread some of the Redwall books and see just how violent and crazy they seem as an adult...
What was your favourite book(s) as a kid?
Day 22 - Favourite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven't
Day 24 - A book you wish more people would've read
Day 25 - A character you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favourite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favourite book of all time