dogeared pack - books of a generation

October 22, 2019


Some of my earliest memories are of my mum reading every night to me. My favourites were Mr Galliano’s Circus series and The Secret 7, both by Enid Blyton.

I always loved books, and remember, this was WAY before the Internet (showing my age ) so a library was like a Google search.

Non-fiction books also played a large part including dinosaur book after dinosaur book and anything science related. At some point I fell down the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre and loved the usuals such as Lord of the Rings, Hitchhiker’s Guide.

However my favourite (and to this day #1 fantasy world) was the Dragonlance series with its dragons and interesting take on ‘magic’.

I have multiple copies of the Chronicles trilogy and I’ve shared this world with my youngest child as well, and now we both share a love for magic and fantasy.


From an early age I remember being read to, classic stories like Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree & The Wishing Chair.

When I was old enough to read on my own I was interested in outer space (space shuttles!) and dinosaurs, and read a lot of nonfiction about those.

We always had books in the house, and were lucky enough to live a few blocks from the town library, so I spent a lot of time reading.

At some point I became interested in mythology; the Greek and Norse myths and legends. This eventually translated into an interest in Fantasy, and I discovered Tolkien with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

After that I read anything I could get my hands on, from Choose Your Own Adventure books to The Wheel of Time series (all 14, plus the prequel).

My favourite series of all time is the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn books by Tad Williams, and my favourite novel is The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub - some of the very few books that I’ve ever re-read.

Now that I’ve got kids of my own, I love reading to them every night, enjoying the books that captivated me as a child, and discovering new future classics together.


Honestly, I didn’t read much through primary school, I lived on a large family farm and didn’t stop for long enough to read consistently and I wish now reading was more focused in our household.

I lived in the library at school though and I read every horse related book - fiction and non-fiction.

It wasn’t until I went to university that I broadened the types of books I was reading. I ended up reading series such as The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and many more - which included, embarrassingly, way too many vampire books. My favourite author would have to be Neil Gaiman.

Reading to my kids each night now gives me the opportunity to go back and rediscover classics and some brilliant new titles with them too.

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