I was lucky enough to grow up in a home with books. My parents would read to me at night time, and my Mum had a huge collection of books from her own childhood that I read before I had pocket money to buy books of my own.
Over the years however, my Mum has reduced her book collection to create more space in the house. Books that haven’t been read it years, books that have fallen apart and are completely unreadable, and nursery books from mine and my siblings youth have all been given away (or thrown away) over the years.
My Mum, despite knowing how much I love books, used to do this without my knowledge – and I would give her the silent treatment for days in disgust. Despite being her books, she forgets that I read them over and over again, and that I don’t care how old or shabby they may be – they’re part of me.
So when she called me in the week to tell me she had a box of books waiting to be taken to the charity shop, I made sure I rushed over to rescue my favourites. Here’s what I saved:
Children’s Classic Collection (9 Books)
Published by Parragon Books in 1994, this collection contains:
- Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
- Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Aladdin & Other Stories – The Arabian Nights
- The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
- Sherlock Holmes Investigates by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Call of the Wild by Jack London
- White Fang by Jack London
The Wind in the Willows & Ballet Shoes
This edition of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame was published by Magnet in 1978. I can’t remember if I read this at school or whether my parents read it to me – but I vaguely remember the story. In all honesty I had forgotten this story existed, and I’m putting it straight in my To-Be-Read (TBR) pile.
I remember reading this copy of Ballet Shoes over and over when I was little. It was published by Puffin Books in 1977. I was actually horrified that my Mum was parting with it, because I know she loved the story too. This is also going straight in my TBR pile.
Assassinations & Conspiracies: Plotting for Power
This was one of my dads who, despite reading to me when I was little, was never much of a reader himself. When he does read, he prefers non-fiction books.
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with conspiracy theories, assassinations, serial killers and other controversial things. I think it’s because they make such interesting stories – and the ‘truth’ element makes it all the more thrilling. I haven’t read this, and it too will make its way swiftly to the TBR.
Not that I actually have any room for them – I’m desperately running out of bookshelf space in my rented flat! Maybe I’ll do a post on book storage ideas next…
Does anyone have a similar story of rescuing books? Comment below 🙂