Sunday, 19 February 2017

A Good Book…..

…is one you can't put down! Over the years our taste in books changes! As a child we were lucky enough to attend a school that was just over the road from a library - it wasn't a large one but you could order books from the Central Library!I read through just about all of the Cherry Ames Nurse books and I used to love books about boarding schools - Chalet School books especially! Alongside those we had a collection of Childrens classics  Heidi, Black Beauty, Alice in Wonderland etc.. Of course I haven't forgotten my love of Enid Blyton books - Famous Five and Secret Seven - in fact I remember waiting for my Grandma to arrive one Christmas because I knew I would be getting the latest one.
I was also  comic reader - Girl and Bunty being my two favourites. After that it was Dickens, Brontes, Little Women.
As I got older I enjoyed Thrillers and my aunt introduced me to Agatha Christie among others.
Then came college and I turned to cookery books as bedtime reading! I am still enjoying reading books about food (hubby bought me a new Nigel Slater for valentines Day)
Oh! Here I go rambling, sorry but I know my family will read this! When the boys were younger I used to read to them every day, sometimes several books one after the other. As they got older I got a chance to read some books I had missed - Stig of the Dump, The Silver Sword….Oh and Roald Dahl books, what fun!
I suppose I had better explain this wander through my reading habits! Tag Tuesday has opened up it's doors so to speak and the first challenge is 'Bookworm'
I would say that the title fits the person I have featured on my tag - Charlotte Bronte! 
I cut this from a leaflet some time ago. I used some corrugated card for the tag, gessoed and spattered with brown paint. Everything alas here came from the little box that sits on my desk.

Oh!…and what am I reading at the moment? Alan Bennet's Untold Stories - only thing is it's making me laugh when I should be settling down to sleep!
I hope reading this hasn't sent you to sleep but revived some memories for you! What are your favourite books?

Thanks for looking, Chris  


froebelsternchen Susi said...

An ADORABLE tag Chris and it's a pleasure for me to read what you liked to have as your stuff to read over the years!
As I was bookseller for 20 years of my life that makes me happy to know - books are such good friends!

oxo Susi

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What an AWESOME tag. So vintage and so beautiful, too.

chrissie said...

Defintely not sent me to sleep it was more like a trip down my own memory lane.

The tag is fantastic with a wonderful

Thank you for joining us at Tag Tuesday

Love Chrissie

Helen said...

the tag is gorgeous! I still enjoy reading too, and your post brought back some happy memories of my own childhood favourites!

WendyK said...

A fantastic tag Chris, love all of it. I used to love reading boarding school books as well, also took Bunty and Girl. In fact all the books you mentioned I also loved, thank you for the trip down memory lane, and joining us on Tag Tuesday.

Juliz Design Post said...

What a lovely tag Chris which would also make a wonderful bookmark.
Julie x

Meggymay said...

You have taken me on a trip down memory lane tonight Chris with all the book titles you mentioned in this posy.
Its a fabulous tag.
Yvonne xx

Brenda Brown said...

Oh my Chris you took me back to almost the same journey on favourite books throughout my childhood, just the same as you've recalled, even to the agatha christies but instead of going into cookery hooks I loved garden books with beautiful flowers in them. Love your gorgeous tag that you've included, it fits perfectly with the whole theme of reading and like you, as a teacher, understanding how important it is to read to our children. Great post xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful tag and thanks for reminding me of my fave childhood books, how many tears did I cry over Jane Eyre? Thanks for joining us at TT, hugs, Valerie

Sandy said...

I read cook books too - Charlotte and Emily Bronte books were among my favorites!
Great tag!
Sandy xx

Mrs.B said...

A gorgeous tag Chris and I love the book page flower.
We've read a lot of the same books and I can't sleep unless I've read before putting the light out - no matter what time I go to bed! Like you I caught up on Stig of the Dump and Roald Dahl books with the children, great fun .
Avril xx

catherine said...

Great tag Chris. I used to love reading but found over the last years I just don't read so much but when I do I like Phillipa Gregory's books about the Tudors most. Still trying to finish one I started last year lol!!
x catherine

Zue said...

I used to read the Famous Five, their adventures appeared so possible. I'm still living in hope.
My four year old granddaughter is captivated with The Secret Garden at the moment.
I like your literary tag.
Sue x

Margik said...

A really fabulous tag Chris, I love the details you added on top and the super image.
Mar xx

My name is Erika. said...

How did I miss these last 3 posts? I love the tag, and I could name a long list of books I love too. I don't recognize all the books you listed- I guess kids books are a little different on different sides of the pond. Hugs-Erika

Sara Barker said...

chris, this is my kind of post! I loved reading about your love of reading and your favorites and how you raised your children on books! As a young child and teenager, I rarely didn't have a book in my hands! Now I have such a terrible time reading...I, like my sister, fall asleep when I read. I started reading to my kids when they were infants--short bursts of words, because one of them would start to cry (twins), but as they got into their later months, they loved me to read to them, and by the time they were 18 months, it was all they wanted me to do. By the time they were 4 yrs. I was reading big kid books to them, and Ethan wanted to learn to read. I taught him, and before he was in kindergarten, was able to read to himself and comprehend books at a 2nd grade level. Lauren did not want to learn until the summer between kindergarten and first grade, and she taught herself. She would get up at 6 am and take a stack of Dr. Suess books down to the sofa (where we always read) and "read" to herself. By the time she was in first grade, she was reading the big kid books. Reading as youngsters has such an impact on kids--I have two brainiacs! By the way, Dr. Suess is my favorite author! Says a lot about me, right?! Sending hugs!

Sara Barker said...

Oh, dear, I got off on such a tangent, I forgot to tell you just how much I love your tag (and to edit my typos)! Beautiful neutral tones and a perfect composition! Love this! Hugs!