When I ultimately get a house of my own, I’m going to do my best to ensure the house has a library. It might take awhile…and it might never be as spectacular as some of these:
But I WILL have one!
Every reader that aspires to have a library in their current or potential home has got to have a dream list of what’s going to go on there. I for one have a specific list of books that must be a part of my library. They were the building blocks of my childhood and without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The memories I have with those books can never be beaten or replaced. They will always have a place in my heart. And on my shelves.
Now to own them….
1. The complete works of Enid Blyton
I find it heartbreaking that the magic of Enid Blyton never became entirely famous in the United States, but I’ll be sure to have them ready for my children to read. I found some fantastic websites about Enid Blyton, including places where I can buy her complete works (when I finally have a job and some money to spare)
Naughtiest Girl in School series: http://www.navrang.com/?Page=Categories&ID=29&ref=2
Secret Seven series: http://www.navrang.com/?Page=Categories&ID=16&ref=2
Famous Five series: http://www.navrang.com/?Page=Categories&ID=15&ref=2
Malory Towers series: http://www.amazon.com/Blytons-Malory-Towers-Collection-Second/dp/B003W60O3M/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325994048&sr=1-3
St. Clares series: http://www.amazon.com/Clares-£44-91-OSullivan-Claudine-Fromers/dp/B004Z0JLBU/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_7
Adventures series: http://www.navrang.com/?Page=Categories&ID=30&ref=2
More collections: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/unearthlytale-21?_encoding=UTF8&node=9
2. The Billy Bunter series by Frank Richards
You haven’t seen literature until you read this series by Frank Richards. Sure the language can be perceived as a touch racist or offensive, but these books were written in the 40s….My mother read them when she was young and passed them on to me. I could not be more grateful. One warning. Be prepared to laugh uncontrollably, hysterically, and for hours at a time. It is by far, the best comedic writing I have ever read and probably will ever read. Once I had to simply walk away from the book and return a couple of hours later because I had laughed so hard I couldn’t focus anymore. Absolutely phenomenal writing. Take my word for it. And if you don’t want to, get your hands on one somehow and read it!
The best way for me to obtain the entire collection is refer to the list here: http://www.collectingbooksandmagazines.com/bunter.html (scroll down a bit)
And then shop for them here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=billy+bunter&x=0&y=0
3. The complete works of Roald Dahl
What a great guy!
I can’t express my love for Roald Dahl appropriately. Of course he writes the most ludicrous things. Sometimes they’re downright gross. But man oh man, has this chap ever used his imagination to the fullest and pleased children all over the world. My first encounter with Roald Dahl was when my cousin and I snuck into the bathroom after our parents went to sleep to read The BFG together. I must have been 6. And yes, we loved to read THAT much. After that, I was hooked. Who DOESN’T love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (don’t respond if you’ve only seen the movie. That almost doesn’t count)!!!
4. The Harry Potter series
J.K. Rowling reading from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (book 1)
J.K. Rowling reading from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (book 7, the final one)
I happen to be a proud owner of first edition copies of all seven books. Now I feel its time to safely store them and buy a second set. In addition to the Kindle ones that of course I need to buy when the Pottermore store finally opens. Yahoo!
If someone buys me any of the above for birthdays, Christmases, New Years’, Halloweens, Independence Days, or just because they love me…. you will FOREVER be in my heart! 😀
I’m sure as the years roll on, I’ll add more to the list. But for now, these have a steady reserved space on my bookshelves.