Every Wednesday, I post a list of random stuff. This week: 5 of the authors that have marked my childhood with their writing!
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1. Everything Harry Potter-ish by J.K. Rowling:
I think this one is pretty self-explanatory: it was, to such a large extent, my childhood, that this series couldn’t be anywhere but at the top of this list (even if the rest of this list is ordered completely randomly) – even if just because the seventh book marked the only exception to my parents’ rule that ‘no birthday gift would ever be given before the actual birthday’.
My birthday was a bit less than a month after the book was published and when we left on our summer holiday (not even a week after the publication) there was the book, waiting for me. Needless to say, we drove all day and I didn’t see anything of the road – by the time we got to our hotel, though, I’d finished the book. And in the next couple of days, so did the rest of the family 🙂
2. Everything by Roald Dahl
He is, after all, a universally known children’s author, and I loved his books from the beginning, be they in Dutch, as I first read them, in movie-adaptation on the children’s channel, as I could often watch them on Sunday afternoons, or in English, as I’ve started to ’re-read’ them lately.
3. Everything by Astrid Lindgren
Most people who know me are probably aware of the fact that I absolutely love everything by Astrid Lindgren – so much so, that even now, years (16, almost, actually) after first opening a book by hers, it is still one of my life goals to go to Sweden one day, just to see where she wrote her books and what she wrote them about.
4. Everything by Annie M.G. Schmidt
She’s a Dutch author, who’s work has been translated into a bunch of languages, and who’s written books aimed at all ages of children (basically 0 up to 10-12). I love all of her work, but some of the books that have stuck with me most are Minoes, Abeltje and De A van Abeltje, everything about Jip en Janneke and of, course, the two most loved ones: Otje and Pluk van de Petteflet.
5. Everything by Enid Blyton
Now I know that this author has become quite a bit problematic since she actually wrote most of her work, but I absolutely love just about everything she’s ever written – and the only reason I’m saying ‘just about’ is because I haven’t actually read everything she’s written yet. I do have an ongoing collection of her work, though, which is getting closer to being completed anytime I walk into a bookstore (here’s a tip: don’t let me walk into a bookstore, it never ends well for my bank account).
So there you have it, the 5 authors who have marked my childhood more than just about any other authors! Do you agree with my list? Do you feel I left any obvious choices out? Let me know below!