Today is World Book Day, and Busby and I began the day reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (which is her current favourite… and by favourite I mean she’ll sit still and look at the pages as I turn them). I’ve been reading to Busby since she was born, as I want her to grow up loving and appreciating literature as I do, but I also feel it’s so important for her development as a person; communication, imagination and key English skills can all be learnt through reading and being read to.
Books are so important to me; I have always loved them and they have always been such a huge part of my life. I’ve never quite understood (or trusted) people who don’t read! Key moments in my life are remembered through the books I was reading at the time.
My 10 favourite books
1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence
3. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
5. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
7. The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan (and most things by McEwan!!)
8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
My favourite reading places
In the bath: it’s the only place I get to read my own books at the moment.
Snuggled up in bed with Nick: throughout my pregnancy we’d often go to bed at 8pm to read – it was bliss!
I’m so happy I now have an excuse to buy children’s books; I must admit I bought them anyway, but now it’s not as weird to have them in my bookcase!
My Top 10 Children’s Books
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. The Tiger Who Came for Tea by Judith Kerr
3. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (and everything by Jeffers!!)
4. Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxbury
6. Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd
7. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
8. Old Bear Stories by Jane Hissey
9. Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy
10. Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth