Mr Plastic Castle, awesome creator of artwork- fabulous taster of music, has challenged me to not just to remember my formative years, but to drag no more that TEN books from the deep and misty depths of my memory, well it’s a fog really.
As it’s not my ten favourite books I’ve gone for the earliest books that have been most influential to my life, both my reading world and in my living, breathing reality.
Everyone has that one book that sings to them as a child- that resonates and moulds who we are. For me it is this one.
A great read, all about cats, told from the point of view of cats living in a cats only world (well there are humans, but they aren’t really featured in the story itself). It’s a more grown up book but, you know, cats.
The Alchemist’s Cat
(Again with the cats) I loved this book so much it got me onto all of Robin Jarvis’ other works. I hankered after them, searching charity shops and car boot sales, ready to spend my pocket money. They are dark, gritty and gruesome, and all about anthropomorphised animals. So Ticks all round.
Sabrial, Lireal and Abhorsen (yeah they’re a trilogy, but I can’t bring myself to pick one.)
I just loved this series and still do!
No particular reason why, I just did because it’s different and almost addictive to read.
The Mallory Towers and St Clare’s series
It seemed all the women in my family had copies of these books and, as I was the only girl child and an avid reader, I had many many copies of each of those books until, regrettably, I had to have a clean out so I could move house.
The Iron Dragon’s Daughter
It is THE worst book I’ve ever read and helped me realise that utter crap gets published. It’s also the only book I have ever burned. I couldn’t bear to keep it and the thought of making someone else suffer with it was just too much.
I know book burning is the WORST thing you can ever do if you’re a book worm, so that should tell you how bad it was.
When I was a wee bairn, I loved Terry Pratchett’s weird Sisters, now I’m older it’s Tiffany Aching and the guards series. But, thanks to the Weird Sisters, I now own perty much every single Discworld book there is.
The Banquet Scene of Macbeth
I had to study that one scene for years and it put me off the Bard completely. It’s only now that I would be happy to read his works. School is supposed to fill you with a thirst for learning, but it’s a complete passion killer.
So that’s my list, what’s yours?