Welcome to the first instalment of my bookshelf spotlight, and Fantasy Friday.
My plan for Fantasy Friday is to start from the books I read first, and lead you through to the now (and the books and series that are on my shelves unread). Remember, these are just the books I have in my bookshelf. If we were to go back to my first fantasy reads it would have to be Narnia and The Magic Faraway Tree series and probably a whole lot I can no longer remember. But those books are long lost amongst the requirement to get rid of 95% of my books when I was 13, before we moved from New Zealand to Australia.
Well, you already know which book from my collection is the one I read the longest ago – titles and feature photos don’t leave much room for mystery. It is, of course, Watership Down by Richard Adams.
I think I first read Watership Down when I was 7. I can figure out general windows of when I read certain books based on which library I remember getting it from, which meant which house we must have lived in, and therefore what age range I was in. Yes, libraries are of course the time landmark (timemark?) – aren’t they for everyone?
The library had a letter on file from my parents giving me permission to access the young adult section where I found this book. I remember the book was heartbreaking but I also loved it. I think I got my own copy when I was about 8 or 9, and probably read it a couple of times. But I don’t think I have read this since I was 11, so I can’t remember very much about it. One to add to the super-long reread list.
When was the last time you read this book? (Because hasn’t everyone read it?)
i admit i have never read it 🙂 then again when i was a young kid growing up in Hong Kong i was reading books in chinese.
I’m sure there’s at least one Chinese equivalent where everyone has read. I wonder if they will stand up to a reread decades later. I’m almost hesitant to find out
do it and you can tell us how you fid it now reading it as an adult and see if you got something different from it. i have only heard of this book after coming to NZ but just never read it as there always seem to be others i like to read. i admit when i came to NZ as a preteen i was into like sweet valley high books LOL
I remember those!