Short Book Meme

I saw this last Sunday on Cath’s blog Read Warbler and thought I’d do it too.

1. What was your favourite book during childhood?

It’s absolutely impossible to choose just one book – how can I choose between the Heidi books, Louisa May Alcott’s books, the Katy books, The Secret Garden , Enid Blyton’s books, or Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and many more?

But because  I loved and read the Flower Fairy books so many times, today I’m naming those as my favourite childhood books. I don’t have any of my original Flower Fairy books, but they’re still in print. There are many more now than when I was little and you can get the Flower Fairies Complete Collection of all eight original books ‘“ ‘Spring’, ‘Summer’, ‘Autumn’, ‘Winter’, ‘Wayside’, ‘Garden’, ‘Alphabet’, and ‘Trees’.

2.What is your favourite book now?

Another impossible question with so many to choose from, so I’m choosing one of my favourite books. It’s The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, a novel investigating what Richard III was really like and whether he did kill his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. It came to mind because this week it was the re-burial in state in Leicester Cathedral of Richard III, whose bones were recently found under a car park.

I loved it!

3. What is your favourite movie adaptation of a book?

I often avoid watching a film of a book if I’ve read the book first – I usually prefer the book! But I did watch Atonement and even though it doesn’t stick to the book throughout I thought it was excellent.

Atonement UK poster.jpg

Actually Atonement is another of my favourite books.

4. Do you prefer checking out books from the library or buying them?

I love both and wouldn’t want to be without a lending library nearby. It’s great where I live now – I have two not very far away and a mobile library van that visits once a fortnight.

5. Have you ever been let down by a book that was highly recommended to you?

I’m always wary about books that receive lots of hype, as I often think they’re over rated and I agree with Cath’s choice of The Time Traveler’s Wife. Another book that disappointed me is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. It took me some time to get into it and I couldn’t really like the characters, even Margaret, the narrator, irritated me, even though she loves books. And I thought the ending was contrived.

7 thoughts on “Short Book Meme

  1. It’s so hard to choose overall favourite books. I forgot about Hiedi or I might have named that as well. I adored it, espeically the first section where she’s living in the mountains. I think that book may have started my fascination for them.
    I can’t wait to get to The Daughter of Time. I think I have a book or two in the series before that.
    Two libraries and a mobile one. How wonderful!
    I completely agree about hyped books. I almost find myself annoyed if I do like them! Talk about contrary…


    • I adored the Heidi books too – all of them, but especially the first one and the way she won her grandfather over, despite his grumpiness!

      It’s funny about hyped books – I think one of the reasons I avoid them is because I might like them!!! How stupid is that? 🙂


  2. Margaret – I’m always wary of too much hype, too. The more there is, the less likely I am to want to read a book, at least right away. And I’m pleased to see you’ve chosen the Tey as your top book. Isn’t it fantastic?


  3. Choosing a favorite book is akin to choosing a favorite child, but I do like your choices. I don’t think I could narrow down my childhood favorites to just one though.

    I love Daughter of Time too–what an amazing book.

    I liked The Time Traveler’s Wife but went into it without many expectations. I agree that I didn’t get the fuss about The Thirteenth Tale. At this point, I’m not sure I could even tell you what it was about.


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