Were you a bookworm too back then? If the answer is yes, you must have some books that cross your mind when you think about your childhood. Frankly, I wasn’t an avid reader back then. School made me too busy to read and there were tons of homework to do, I couldn’t even take a deep breath let alone curled up with a book.
Most of my books were from libraries, book rentals or borrowed from friends. When I was in junior high school sometimes I saved my pocket money to buy books, but teenage magazine and music albums really caught my attention, so I didn’t buy books that often. Now, here are those books who were responsible in turning me into a reader:
Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine
Now, who among you were old enough to read this series during your childhood? Well, I was and it somehow makes me giggle. I mean what was I thinking? I cannot believe I have soft spot for horror in the past, because now in my adult life, I don’t really care about that genre. Well, I still remember when I was around 13 or 14, I used to go to the nearest bookstore and bought a copy of Goosebumps whenever my parents gave me pocket money. Now, come to think of it, I wonder why on Earth did I buy a book with this creepy cover!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Not exactly a childhood read, but Tom Sawyer really has a place in my heart. I read it when I was in the seventh grade, the translated version (my English was very poor back then) and the words they picked was kind of outdated, but still it was a fun story to read. Tom made me laugh, so did the rest of the gang (Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn). It’s simply one of the book everyone should read.
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Alright, I bet all of you are familiar with this book. Well, who can forget a story about a girl who froze to death during the winter night? It’s a very sad story and to tell you the truth, it still haunts me until now. In fact, I am trying to hold back my tears right now. I am a mother, so this kind of stuff really makes me emotional, so please bear with me. It’s pretty ironic that a story this tragic is labelled as children literature.
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Now, tell me some books that remind you of your childhood. I bet you must have one (or more)! What makes the book so memorable?