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Monday Musings (September 30)

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musing is going to be My Life In Books

The earliest memory I have of reading or being read to is with Topsy and Tim Go On Holiday.

Topsy and Tim go on holiday

This looks identical to the copy I had as a child in the early 70’s and the image of the inside page has bought a lump to my throat

Inside Topsy and Tim large

I think this was the only Topsy and Tim I owned although I borrowed others from the library in High Wycombe whilst my mother did her shopping and left me to browse the books.  I clearly remember Topsy and Tim At School as well as one about their birthday party which of course because they were twins was a joint one.

Topsy and Tim Start School

Topsy and Tim acquired a sister Tansy at some point too.  Apart from the wonderful illustrations to these books written by Jean and Gareth Anderson my favourite part was the back cover which had miniature covers of the other Topsy and Tim books, I can picture myself making mental lists right back then of those that I wanted to read!

I also had a large hardback copy of The Very Hungary Caterpillar bought for me by my Uncle for my third birthday. This book survived my childhood of poking fingers through the holes, more or less intact, and my own children were able to do this too with the very same copy years later.

The Very Hungary caterpiller holesThe Very Hungary Caterpiller

I had lots of the ladybird fairy tales which I adored with the writing on one side, the picture opposite.  I can still remember the poor princess from the Princess and the Pea standing outside the castle door drenched in rain asking for a bed for the night!

Ladybird Fairy Tales

I was one of those children who ‘Listened with Mother’ (although I suspect mother found other things to do while this was on) and this introduced me to my Naughty Little Sister amongst other favourite tales.  Click on the picture below to see some available stories – I’m debating whether I can justify a purchase for pure nostalgia… probably not but it is a great find!

Listen with Mother

Hand in hand with the stories went the nursery rhymes. I had several books of these including the ladybird version with the Dish running away with the Spoon (again I can still see the illustration to that one in my minds eye) My Grandmother had a beautiful old nursery rhyme book with fantastic pictures with some different rhymes including the days of the week where I learnt I was a Thursday’s child and full of woe….

Nursery rhymes

These early stories, along with no doubt many others that are lost in the midst of time, gave me a love of books that has never waned.

My next musing will move on from picture books to the stories which enchanted and entertained me through my next stage of book loving, to when I could read for myself, which was the opening of a magical door.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

15 thoughts on “Monday Musings (September 30)

  1. There’s nothing quite as special as the memories of our favorite books. I’ve been struggling over whether to buy an expensive copy of an out-of-print childhood favorite, “The Family
    Sabbatical.” Perhaps a birthday gift idea to share with The Husband…thanks for sharing your memories! -Amy at


  2. My favorite was always Cinderella. I still watch any movie about Cinderella. One of the reasons I read a chick lit book once in awhile is because I know it will have a “Happily-Ever-After ending! Just like Cinderella.


  3. I think I read The Little Red Caboose and Are You My Mother? over and over again.

    I know I had bunches of other childhood books that were given away long ago. It would be nice to have them back and take a trip down memory lane. I’m sure there are tons I’ve forgotten about.


  4. I love the fact that you were able to share your own childhood copy of certain books with your own children. Isn’t it strange–and wonderful–that we are still able to remember exactly what certain book covers and illustrations looked like so many years later?
    Thanks for sharing! I’m anxious to read your next “chapter”!


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