This week we got “Thankful Freebie” so I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about some lovely books that influenced my childhood reading journey one way or the other.
All the books mentioned have a lot of great things and have many different parts they played in my early childhood life and reading journey!
And Also, I decided to also write a separate blog post about my reading journey today too.. you can check that out here My Reading Journey
You should definitely check it out ❤️
Now back to the books that played a huge part me becoming the reader I am today,
1. GULLIVER‘S TRAVEL
This was one of my very first books my dad bought me when I insisted I was done reading picture books😁 I know many people consider‘s GULLIVER’S travel as children book but to me back then, it was a grown book. Lol
I felt I was finally grown to have been giving the book so I called it my FIRST GROWN UP BOOK.😁 you will understand more when you read the blog post about My Reading Journey
2. OLIVER TWIST
And then came Oliver Twist! I read Oliver Twist years before it became part of my school curriculum! A lot of great things to say about how I got this book but I’m trying to make this as short as possible!😁
But it was a reward I got for coming top of my class and proving to my dad I was ready for next level books😁
3. Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
This was my first introduction into Greek mythology and suffice to say I’ve been in love since…. again thanks to my dad!
Ever since its original publication in 1942, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology has been widely seen as the quintessential introduction to Greek mythology for adults, even as countless other introductions to the topic have come and gone. Yes, it’s stood the test of time that well.
Hamilton masterfully retells all of the major myths of the Greeks, and gives overviews of all of their main deities and heroes. Her prose is clear and lucid, yet poetic and evocative – an ideal style for both the head and the heart. The book assumes no prior knowledge of the topic whatsoever, making it perfectly suited to the total beginner.
As an added bonus, Mythology includes a brief treatment of Norse mythology at the end.
If you’re looking for a comprehensive introduction to Greek mythology that reads like great literature, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology is the book I’d recommend.
4. LORD OF THE RING SERIES
I think y’all know about my love for TLOTR already 😁let’s save time ant let me a start blabbing again about it🤦♀️😄 My dad bought my first ever copies for me too😁 I know I’m such a daddy’s girl 🙈
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.
5. The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles
I think we all read this in my house and I still own it till date… I was very fascinated by the Greek mythology from the first book I read and read several of them since then that if I start listing, we will end up using the whole ten slots for just Greek mythology books and that won’t be fair to other childhood books😁
Homer’s second major epic poem, the Odyssey, picks up where the plot of the Iliad leaves off. Troy has been conquered, but for Odysseus, one of the heroes of the victorious army, many battles still loom ahead before he can return home to the arms of his wife, Penelope, and their son, Telemachus. Over the course of twenty years, Odysseus must undergo captivity at the hands of a nymph, the curse of the god Poseidon, a fight with a cyclops, malevolent drugs and spells, the now-proverbial Scylla and Charybdis, and many other trials and tribulations before he can at last set foot again in his home city of Ithaca.
Meanwhile, Penelope and Telemachus must fend off many dozens of suitors, who want to gain Penelope’s hand and, with it, access to Odysseus’s great wealth.
As with the Iliad, the best translation of the Odyssey for most people will be that of Robert Fagles, who makes both of these Greek masterpieces read like masterpieces in English
6. THE HERO PERSUES
Don’t judge me please 😁 it’s not my fault that I was obsessed by Greek mythology and was a sucker for one more story all the time. I could not find the cover of the one I read but I saw this and decided to use instead but this particular copy and author wasn’t the one I read. Mine was by The Greek mythology and was a small book.
This is a story about one of the most fascinating figures in Greek Mythology.
A virtuous hero, a model of chivalry, Perseus rescues his future bride, Andromeda, from a monster and his mother from a meretricious and powerful king. A brave and resourceful adventurer, Perseus ranks among the greatest heroes of classical mythology. Follow his breathtaking adventures with our illustrated book. Help Perseus in battle with the vicious Gorgon Medusa and salvation of Andromeda.
This amazing book includes twenty five gorgeously illustrated pages.
7. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERERS STONE
YES💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻 Book of my childhood. I am such a POTTERHEAD😁 and y’all know that already. Let’s leave it at that but HP series is still very much a part of my life till now and will be part of my children’s life too😁
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.
8. MARRIAGE BY CAPTURE.
I Think this was one of my very first harlequin books ever but I can’t say for sure if it was my very first but thinking back to my my introduction to romance books, this comes to mind so certainly it was one of my first. I own lots of mills & boon then I used to hide them😁
It’s hard to believe I once devoured the old-school Harlequins. I’m now embarrassed by the florid prose!🙈🙈
I want you, and I always get what I want,’ the formidable Rolf Ramsey has assured Claire – and the fact that she was already engaged hadn’t prevented him forcing her to marry him instead. Claire promised herself that all he would get was a wife in name only – but she found that promised a surprisingly difficult one to keep! A fun read.
9. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Going through my list I guess you can tell I love the classics already and this book really played a huge part in learning to own the fact that I love reading classics. I know we all loves this book but this book helped me a lot and my journey into classics and learning to savor the awe that comes with conquering yet another hard classic.
Pride and Prejudice, which opens with one of the most famous sentences in English Literature, is an ironic novel of manners. In it the garrulous and empty-headed Mrs Bennet has only one aim – that of finding a good match for each of her five daughters. In this she is mocked by her cynical and indolent husband.
With its wit, its social precision and, above all, its irresistible heroine, Pride and Prejudice has proved one of the most enduringly popular novels in the English language.
10. THINGS FALL APART ( THE AFRICAN TRILOGY)
OMG! Chinua is a genius and this monster of trilogy was my dad favorite! We read and read and read over and over again😍
This is a book of many contrasts; colonialism and traditional culture, animism and Christianity, the masculine and the feminine, and the ignorant and the aware (although who is who depends on who’s speaking).
Written in 1958, this is the classic African novel about how colonialism impacted and undermined traditional African culture.
I remember we all sat down at home and talk about this book after each read and we all took it in school for an ENGLISH CLASS.
Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive. His fame has spread like a bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan.
But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone – even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo takes violent action. Will the great man’s dangerous pride eventually destroy him?
A simple story of a “strong man” whose life is dominated by fear and anger, Things Fall Apartis written with remarkable economy and subtle irony. Uniquely and richly African, at the same time it reveals Achebe’s keen awareness of the human qualities common to men of all times and places.
So that’s it for today guys! These are just very few of the books that molded me and where part of my childhood
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