The journaling reads:
My earliest memory of reading goes back to the late 60’s and early 70’s were I learnt to read from “The Happy Venture Readers” in school. Dick and Dora, Nip the dog and Fluff the cat were the characters whose adventures I shared. As I progressed through the years at Primary school I fell in love with Enid Blyton and her Faraway tree trilogy. Australian author Colin Thiele and his books “Storm Boy” and “Sun on the Stubble” also became favourites. In fact I recently reread “Sun on the stubble” and understand why it remains a favourite. School book clubs were a fantastic opportunity for a young person to spend their meagre pocket money on books. I remember one of the first books I ever bought was “Island of the Blue Dolphins”. I don’t remember the story these 40 years later, maybe this is another one I should reread, but the title has always stayed with me. Owning my own books was a luxury, coming from a family of 7 children and so I borrowed a lot of books from the school library. “The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, “Reach for the Sky” by Paul Brickhill are a couple that stick in my mind.
In high school compulsory reading included Arthur Millers “The Crucible”, D.H. Lawrence “Sons and Lovers” and Shakespeares “Macbeth” among others whose titles escape me now. Agatha Christie was also a huge favourite of mine during my high school years, having read many of her books. Colleen McCullough’s “The Thorn Birds” is another that comes to mind.
The years since I have enjoyed reading Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, David Baldacci, Dan Brown and Clive Cussler. Just recently I have broadened my horizons. Thanks to Goodreads I am finding new writers that are exciting and interesting to read. Among the books I have read thanks to recommendations from friends on Goodreads are “The Light between Oceans”, “The boy on the wooden box”, “The Railway Children” and “Three men in a boat”. A real mixture of genres but equally compelling.
I think I inherited this love of reading from my mother. I would often come home from school and find mum sitting in a chair reading a book, with the housework sometimes undone. That’s the danger and the beauty of books, you lose yourself in them. Time stands still and all around you is forgotten as you delve into another world. It might be world of danger, mystery and intrigue, love and betrayal, adventure, sadness and pain but it always leaves you wanting more.

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