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Erastes Book List

The lists of childhood books got me thinking, remembering. Here are mine, in no real order.

Little Women, Little Men

Dark Is Rising  (Series)

Wolves of Willoughby Chase, (and the others I could get by Joan Aiken)


Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Fire from Heaven and The Persian Boy (I did not like the rest of Mary Renault as well as those.)

Wind in the Willows (read it again this year and still love it.)

King of the Wind, (and the other horse books by M. Henry)

Johnny Tremain (I had a big crush on him!)

Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler (Does anyone else remember this? The book with the kids who ran away to live in the NY Met?)

A Wrinkle in Time, (Series)

The Three Musketeers

Wow, the more books I think of the more I recall. Kids are strange. I remember loving a biography of Louis Pasteur I mean, carrying it around with me, reading it over and over, adoration. i do not now know why I loved it so...

And there was a picture book, about a woman in a New York Apt who had a cat named Ashurbanipal. It had illustrations by Hillary Knight.

(I have looked it up. It was called Aunt Tuddy.)

Some of these books have been on other lists already. Others may be peculiar only to me. Let me know. I'm curious.



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Aug. 7th, 2011 12:27 pm (UTC)
Interesting! Cooper and Tolkien are the only ones on your list that I read as a child. I read The Three Musketeers too and loved it but I was in my thirties so I don't think that counts! Did I see you mention James Herriot's vet books over on erastes list? I read those too! I'm quite surprised they crossed the pond!

You're so right about the strange books that captivate children, I'm dying to see what my daughter chooses to read when she learns how. She was completely obsessed by an ancient illustrated edition of Treasure Island about a year ago and wouldn't let us read anything else to her for about three months! I think we may have hidden the book eventually ;)
Aug. 7th, 2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
Yes. I loved the Herriot books. They made their way across, somehow. I went on to read all the vet memoirs I could find, for ages after. But those were first and best.

Treasure Island... well there is the pirate thing. I liked Kidnapped better. (Set in exotic Scotland!)
Aug. 7th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
I loved the Herriot books.
The series was televised in the UK in the eighties, it seemed to run for ever!

there is the pirate thing
I think it may well have been the illustrated Treasure Island That kicked off daughter's pirate thing in the first place!

Set in exotic Scotland!
ROFL! Yeah, Kidnapped always seemed a bit dull to me for that very reason.
Aug. 7th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
I am having so much fun finding out what everyone liked.

I have never heard of Garner, but I will look for him.

Aug. 7th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
Isn't it fun?! :) Do read Garner, I'm sure you'll love him. He's written less than a dozen books, all of which are very short but oh the writing....! The only one to avoid is Strandloper which is completely impenetrable and very strange.
Aug. 8th, 2011 12:50 am (UTC)
Ok, I will avoid that one. Will read the others soon.
Sep. 20th, 2016 04:12 am (UTC)
I grew up (in Wisconsin) watching All Creatures Great and Small, as well as Mystery and Masterpiece Theatre when I was a teenager. We didn't watch much TV, but about half of what we did watch was British. My English grandmother may have had something to do with that!

So I read all the Herriot books and was very excited when I finally saw Yorkshire.
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