I really don’t know where to begin with this prompt. It’s been quite a while since I last read a novel, sadly. I used to read everyday on the train to work; but, as I started driving to work later in my pregnancy, I stopped and haven’t really started again. I’ve read one book since J was born …
I love Disney, and had been curious about their twisted fairytales for a while. On one of my first walks with my little man, to the local shopping centre, I cam across the Beauty & the Beast one, and bought it. It wasn’t bad. Not the best thing I’ve read, but certainly interesting in an oh-that’s-why-that-happened kind of way.
Given my novel-less existence these past few months, I thought I’d look at novels I want to share with my son (when he’s older), instead. The first that come to mind are the Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. These are fantastic books, which engage young readers through the interesting plots, appropriate narrative voice, and ‘relatable factor” (what kid wouldn’t want to have awesome adventure without their parents? [Insert expression of panicked horror, here.]). I really enjoyed these books – I borrowed them all from the local library during primary school, and read the entire series twice. Definitely on my “must read” list for J.
Next, and equally importantly, are the Harry Potter books. These are still some of my favourites as a grown-up. I re-read them every few months; they’re great go-to books when you don’t know what to read next. I discover new and intriguing details every time I read them … that’s how amazing a storyteller J.K.Rowling is. I love these books because of the complicated-but-eloquently-unravelled narrative that extends across the series. As you get further and further into the saga, you start to realise subtle details in earlier instalments had incredibly important significance later in the story. I won’t mention any here – I hate spoilers – but if you like a narrative that keeps you on your toes and punctuates your reading with moments of “so that’s why X happened!”, then this series is a must-read. They’re definitely books I’m going to share with my son – in fact, I plan to buy illustrated versions for him so that I can start off reading them to him, before he reads them on his own.
There are a number of other good series and standalone novels I could share. Some examples include The Book of Lies trilogy by James Moloney, Matilda by Roald Dahl (and various others by the same author), Charlotte’s Web by E.R. White, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. My goodness. Reading over this list makes me so excited to share my favourites novels with my little man!
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Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!
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