First off I would like to thank Debbie of Debbie’s World of Books for hosting this wonderful challenge. It has been such a treat to get back to some of my childhood favourites, it is something I intend to continue with.
The five books I read for this challenge were:
The Babysitters Club: Mary Anne Saves the Day by Ann M. Martin. I was younger than the girls in the club when I read them and I had forgotten much of what happened. What struck me the most about the book though was the fact that much of the fashions in the book were the same now as they were then. Highly amusing :)
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This was never one of my favourite series in the book, but I could see it with slightly different eyes now. Laura was one of my childhood heroines, I wanted to be her (bookLaura more than tvseriesLaura). She was a contributing part in making me into the woman I am today.
A Horse Called Wonder by Joanna Campbell. I was a bit of a horse girl growing up and I wanted to save a foal just like Ashleigh did. I also wanted to work with race horses and this book (and the rest of the series) were directly responsible for that. I still felt for Ashleigh in the book like I did all those years ago when I read it.
Madicken by Astrid Lindgren. This was a book that I had forgotten but remembered, if that makes sense. When I read it it was all familiar but if you had asked me about it before I couldn’t have told you the plot points. Madicken is another independent, curious and resourceful young girl who had a profound impact on me growing up. I like the fact that it is a rather quiet story without dramatic events it manages to tell stories of family and friendship.
Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery. My last, and probably my favourite re-read. I had forgotten so much about a book I loved in my early teen years. Anne offers me a great deal of comfort at the same time as I now saw new things. Things that I had not noticed as a teenager, especially with regards to Anne as a teacher. Now that I am studying to become a teacher myself I see some of the events in the book in a whole new light.
In writing this wrap-up post I realise that I chose books about strong, independent and caring girls. Books about girls whom I admired greatly growing up. Girls I aspired to be. I shall make a confession here: If I could, and the Tardis arrived right now, I would happily go to any of these alternative realities. Although, all things considered I think I would have to go see Anne. If nothing else to tell her that if she doesn’t snap up Gilbert this instance I will (why yes, I am currently reading Anne of the Island).