Posts Tagged: childhood favourites

Reading notes, week 41

October 14: Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie. I may have read this in the distant past but don’t remember enough to be sure. Also with Poirot and Ariadne Oliver. It’s got a good proportion of nice people, good and clever people who aren’t necessarily nice, morally ambiguous people and icky people. And the person who

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Reading notes, week 4

January 30: Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster. It was next up in my unread books. I (re)read it online at lightning speed in order to beta-read someone’s Yuletide story, and now wanted to read it at a normal pace. It’s still delightful. I could go on for ages about how it’s so set a

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Reading notes, week 3

January 23: In the Fifth at Malory Towers. Again, there’s a new girl in the form, will that persist until the sixth form? (Spoiler: yes.) Some rehashing of earlier books at the beginning but then the story takes off and it’s one of the better ones, giving most girls a chance to shine. Thrones, Dominations

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Reading notes, week 2

January 13: First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, as a short vacation from the Lord Peter Wimsey reread. I used to know the whole series by heart in Dutch when I was about 10, but this is the first time I read the original and it’s confusing that all the names are different,

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Reading notes, week 34

August 22: Oodles of Young Wizards fanfic. Some of it reads almost like canon, like Reading Redhead’s.¬†Also Pern fanfic, by following links to kudos-leavers whose names I recognised. Uptown Local and Other Interventions by Diane Duane. Because it was hard to stop. I don’t like most of the stories in this one as much as

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Reading notes, week 6

See the new layout! There’s a nonfiction section now, expecting that at any time I’ll have a number of books I’m dipping into but will not read from beginning to end in one go like fiction. I won’t tag ongoing nonfiction books, though I will tag currently-reading books (and untag them when they spill over

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Reading notes, week 4

January 25: Tales from Perach (reread) by Shira Glassman, because something that happened in A Harvest of Ripe Figs made something in one of the stories much clearer. January 25: A Harvest of Ripe Figs by Shira Glassman. I bought the two Mangoverse books I didn’t have yet and don’t want to stop after The

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Rereading Het pierement achter de woonwagen

C.E. Pothast-Gimberg, Het pierement achter de woonwagen (The street organ behind the wagon) Another of those books from my childhood that can only be found on second-hand-nostalgic-books sites, and very much in passing on academic and slightly academic children’s literature sites. I remember first reading it at the house of a friend of my parents,

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Rereading Geheimen van het Wilde Woud

Tonke Dragt, Geheimen van het Wilde Woud This is the sequel to De brief voor de koning, and I’ve always liked it less without knowing why. After all, it was about the same people, and a lot more people like them. But I think I may have laid my finger on it this time around:

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Rereading De brief voor de koning

Tonke Dragt, De brief voor de koning (The letter for the king) Another favourite book from my preteens and teens– perhaps a bit later than Ilja de kleine ganzenridder. It strikes me, now that I read it again after twenty years or so of Valdyas just as we’re having a bit of campaign with a

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