The Mail on Sunday - Event - - BOOKS - JEFF KIN­NEY

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

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