Today we are taking a look at the books from my childhood. This is quite nice topic! Here’s a long ramble ahead, so feel free to skip that, lol.
I got my first library card when I was 8 years old. My mom never actually let me get a library card because she didn’t think it was useful in any way. But when we moved to the town where I still live, my step-father with as too, we lived right next to a this small lovely library. I literally just had to go out and across the road and there it was. So I went there the very first day when we moved and they got me this piece of paper that had to be signed by my parent to allow me to get a library card, being under age and all. (Library cards have always been free here in Finland. So it wasn’t a matter of money for my mom to deny me that. She just has always loved to make me feel miserable and let my siblings have everything whilst I got nothing. I’ve always had to earn money and buy everything myself if I wanted something, or just ask my dad which I never wanted to do because “I don’t deserve it”. 🙄) So I gave the paper to my step-father. And since I have always been the one who let himself in my life and loved him like he was my real father, and got the same treatment back, he signed the paper. So I became a daily “customer” at that library. The librarian was this sweet older woman who always kept books “in hold” for me at her desk that she thought I’d like. So here are some of the books I read all over again from that little library.
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.
In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.Goodreads
It might sound weird that a little girl read this book. But there was something in her story that just kept me on hold. I read every single edition that little library had of this book many, many times. And I still do. This book is just something special, I can’t even find the right words for it.
Kristy thinks the Baby-sitters Club is a great idea. She and her friends Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne all love taking care of kids. A club will give them the chance to have lots of fun – and make tons of money.Goodreads
But nobody counted on crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who don’t always tell the truth. And then there’s Stacey, who’s acting more and more mysterious. Having a baby-sitters club isn’t easy, but Kristy and her friends aren’t giving up until they get it right!
Every single book from this series. I read them so much that eventually I started getting them as gifts from my father and step-father. Sadly, I have no idea what has happened to all of them during these years because I haven’t found them anywhere.
Sometimes weird things happen to people. Ask Jake. He may tell you about the night he and his friends saw the strange light in the sky. He may even tell you about what happened when they realized the “light” was only a plane — from another planet. Here’s where Jake’s story gets a little weird. It’s where they’re told that the human race is under attack — and given the chance to fight back.
Now Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco have the power to morph into any animal they choose. And they must use that power to outsmart an evil that is greater than anything the world has ever seen…Goodreads
Oh these weird books about kids turning into animals and all. Everyone has read these, right?
If I remember correctly, some of them came with these 3D classes or something? Or then it was some other weird books, I don’t remember.
Few stories are as widely read and as universally cherished by children and adults alike as The Little Prince. Richard Howard’s translation of the beloved classic beautifully reflects Saint-Exupéry’s unique and gifted style. Howard, an acclaimed poet and one of the preeminent translators of our time, has excelled in bringing the English text as close as possible to the French, in language, style, and most important, spirit. The artwork in this edition has been restored to match in detail and in color Saint-Exupéry’s original artwork. Combining Richard Howard’s translation with restored original art, this definitive English-language edition of The Little Prince will capture the hearts of readers of all ages.Goodreads
I cherish this book with all my heart. I have read it multiple times myself and multiple times for my kids as well. As a little kid I might not have really understood what I read completely, but I still thought it beautiful and wanted to keep reading it.
Last but not least: Barbie books! I think I had somewhere around 50 of these books. There was this Barbie Book Club that I joined and every month (I think it was every month, not weekly) they’d send me Barbie books. Those were collectable books and when you put them in correct order, the spines would create a picture of Barbie and others.
I actually managed to salvage some of them from my mom’s place for my girls. They aren’t as excited about them as I was back in the days but they still want me to read these to them.
Sadly, I don’t know if there are any English versions of these, though I’m sure there must be. But these were probably the first ever books that I actually owned. And that is the biggest reason why they are so valued for me.