My life in books {Listography}

March 22, 2014

Throughout my childhood and my teenage years I was an avid reader. I can remember requesting books from the library to make sure I had read the entire series of Point Romance books before moving on to the next collection that made me want to finish the book rather than put it down.

Since leaving school, and well life happening I don’t read half as often as once did and in many way I miss it. I suppose that movies have now taken over my reading obsession. Although in my heart I still long for the page turners that I once read.

This week’s Listography from Kate Takes 5 is all about sharing the books that have been in our lives for one reason or another.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

The original ‘Harry Potter’ series for my childhood years. I can remember reading and re-reading this collection time and time again. The series follows Mildred Hubbles who manages to find herself in some witchcraft disasters. In fact we bought Santa brought the collection for Roo this Christmas so that tales of Mildred can be passed down a generation.

The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Across The Barricades by Joan Lingard

One of the few books that I had to read for school that I actually enjoyed. The powerful journey of two teenagers who just want to be together but living in Northern Ireland and coming from different religions it complicates things.

Across the Barricades: A Kevin and Sadie Story by Joan Lingard

Someone Else’s Baby by Geraldine Kaye

This is a book from my teenage years, one of the many ‘Point’ series books that I read. Whilst many of the other books were about the joys of teenage love this book is about a sixteen year old girl who finds herself pregnant. The story follows her documenting her struggle, her options and is truly heartbreaking. The last time I read this book has to be a good 15 years ago and it is still a book that I often think about.

Someone Else's Baby by Geraldine Kaye

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Without a shadow of a doubt this is the one book that I always fall back to (although I do love the BBC TV series of the book). I  love everything about it, no matter how many times I read those words it feels like I am reading them for the first time. I still get goose-pimples whenever Darcy declares his love for Elizabeth and she refuses him. Mr Boo bought me a really lovely leather hardbook edition with all seven of Jane Austen’s books in it for our wedding anniversary last year, it makes reading it that bit more special.

Jane Austen: Seven Novels (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection)


What are the books that have shaped your life?

Do you have a favourite that you just have to read time and time again?

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  • Laura March 22, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I absolutely loved the Point series books, the romance and the horror. I think I read every single one of them when I was a teen. I still remember being on my work experience placement at John Menzies (that’s how long ago it was) and pretending to tidy the books while I read the newest Point Horror book!! Naughty I know, but I was only 15-16 #blogclub

  • Debbie March 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Aaaaah Point Romance. Completely with you.
    The Worst Witch. Oh yes. Completely.
    (Suddenly remember a gift of a tape of “the naughtiest girl in the world, ever” or something like that, will have to look into!).
    But yes, completely, to Pride & Prejudice. Studied at A-level the same time as the BBC series. Couldn’t have been more fortunate!

  • Cathy March 23, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Jane Austen books are the only ones that I’ve read on your list Sarah. Thank you for sharing.

  • Peggy Reinvented March 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I loved The Worst Witch! I remember someone telling me years ago about these new books coming out about a boy wizard and a wizard school and I thought to myself – isn’t that just like the Worst Witch?! Of course it’s pretty different and I am now a Potter fan too. πŸ™‚

    What a lovely anniversary present too. A very thoughtful hubby!

  • MummaG March 24, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Worst witch and Jane Austin, brilliant. #Listography

  • Claire March 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Ivr not read any of these, although Worst Witch looks familiar! Hmmm.

  • Jazzygal March 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Fantastic list and what a beautiful anniversary present to get. Gorgeous…..

  • Becky March 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Oh i read across the barricades at school…a weepy!

  • maggy, red ted art March 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Ooh great list!

  • Donna March 25, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    I think I may be a little embarrassed to share my childhood reading habits. I was clearly into chick lit at an early age!

    I have just made a decision to make more of an effort to read actual physical books lately. I love reading and will be making more time to do it.

  • Amanda March 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Ooh this is interesting to me as my eldest is 11 and loves reading. I think Across the Barricades she would found really intruiging as my family are Irish. I shall hunt it out, thanks x

  • Rebecca March 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Oooh I missed this listography. I would have your 1st and last on my list. I haven’t read the others. I don’t know how I’d pick just five though.

  • Michelle Twin Mum March 25, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Ohh the only one of those I know is the Worst Witch, what does that say about my reading habits??? Mich x

  • Penny A Residence March 26, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I really need to get back into reading, what you said about it at the start really resonated with me – I feel like i have forgotten how to enjoy a book!

  • Emma March 26, 2014 at 10:49 am

    oooooh, I loved The Worst Witch too. I’m reading it to my girls at the moment actually. x

  • Aly March 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I haven’t read any of these.I was a big Famous Five fan as a kid.As a teenager it was Virginia Andrews and horror.I’ve seem to have fallen into sci fi and fantasy over the klast few years.

  • melissa March 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Ooooh! I remember the Point series too! I used to read the horrors, but don’t remember the romance ones!
    The Worst Witch is always something I meant to read! Might get them to read to my kids when they’re a bit older πŸ™‚
    Great list!

  • melissa March 26, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Ooooh! I remember the Point series too! I used to read the horrors, but don’t remember the romance ones!
    The Worst Witch is always something I meant to read! Might get them to read to my kids when they’re a bit older πŸ™‚
    Great list!

  • melissa March 26, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Ooooh I loved the Point series too! Though I only remember reading the horror ones!
    I have always wanted to read the Worst Witch – might have to look it out so I can share with my kids when they’re a bit older πŸ™‚
    Great list!

  • Kate Takes 5 ( March 31, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Gosh I’ve never heard of any of them apart from (obvs) Pride and Prejudice. My reading has taken a nose dive since discovered House of Cards. Must get back to it!

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