Favourite Books Growing Up


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Reading was such an important part of my life as I was growing up. But as I reached my teenage years my reading habits changed.  I still loved a good yarn, but rather than the childhood favourites such as Enid Blyton and Noel Streatfeild, I moved into more family saga type of stories.  I remember Barbara Taylor Bradford, A Woman of Substance and numerous novels by Joanna Trollope.  Also the Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – both these books, and their subsequent movie productions were wonderful.  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte were both memorable in their own way.

As I reached my thirties and forties, my reading habits changed towards more self-help, or self-motivating type of books.  I remember such classics as Women who run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, The Road Less Travelled by M Scott Peck, and Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers.  These were just a few of them.  Also the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey – another influential book of the times.  All of these still hold well today.

And now, well I have such a lot of books surrounding me.  In the bookcase, in the bedrooms, and on the table beside me in the lounge.  All waiting to be read, or some of them having been glanced at, and waiting to get back to.  My most favourite treat is to buy some more.  I just can’t get enough!  And of course now I can read on my kindly, on my ipad as well as a printed copy.  I still prefer to hold a book, rather than a tablet.  I like to look at the cover, the front page.  To see where I am in the book, to be able to easily jump around when I want.

With regard to fiction, I struggle with choosing new authors, and I have read most of the ones that have been around for awhile.  I love to hear from others, on their book lists, and their suggestions and feedback on the books they have enjoyed.

But what about you – what are your favourite books?  What do you enjoy reading?  Have you joined a Book Club? From past generations up to date, let me know what you like.

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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