A PASSION FOR BOOKS
My childhood crush Anything by Judy Blume, especially Freckle Juice, Tales Of A Fourth Grade Nothing and Blubber. Yes, as a young child, I read my sister’s coming-of-age stories while on the toilet. My first true love A Spell For Chameleon by Piers Anthony. The Xanth series had it all… fantasy, action, humour and a kind of tame provocativeness that was perfect for a prepubescent boy. The one I dumped Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, by Alvin Schwartz. The illustrations in that book were so vivid and horrifying that I couldn’t even be in the same room with it. It’s no wonder this is a book that makes the banned books list year after year. The one that made me cry See above. Also, The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I read the book over the span of a week and finished it on a plane. I put a blanket over my head and sobbed at the ending. My perfect holiday fling The Life And Times Of The Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson. I’ll read anything Bryson writes, but this one’s special. It’s the story of the author’s growingup years in the Midwestern United States, but really it’s the story of childhood.
The one I’m taking to bed now My nightstand is overstocked, so there are too many to choose from. But I’ll go with Principles by Ray Dalio. I’m at the stage in my life when I need to be able to express clearly who I am and what I believe in. This book should help. ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Getaway’ by Jeff Kinney is out now, priced £12.99