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It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Book Day~ Events

Ahoy there Captain!! Here I am On March 6th, 2014  World Book Day and today March 5th, 2020. Coincidentally I was a pirate on both occasions!!

I haven’t been a pirate every year and other notable mentions must go to Little Riding Hood and The Snow Queen.

World book day is always held, in the UK,  on the first Thursday in March.

I have always adored books and love reading.  I love to lose myself in a book and read a wide range of genres.  Book day has got me thinking on which books have inspired me or affected me in some way.

When I was very young, my favourite book was Cinderella.  How I loved that girl who found her handsome Prince and they all lived happily ever after!  Plus she had some amazing shoes!! That’s my girl!

‘Downy Duckling’ was a story that my Nana used to read to me. I think it was this book that helped me to rhyme. My copy is very tatty and held together with sellotape. That shows a much loved book!

One of my favourite authors, growing up, was Enid Blyton.  I collected ‘The Famous Five’ and ‘Secret Seven’ books.  They were about friends solving mysteries and both had a dog! The Famous Five, would go on great adventures, riding bikes, having picnics and drinking lots of ginger beer!! The Secret Seven had a secret society clubs, the sort of thing I loved! I feel these really helped my reading as I loved them and as soon as one was finished would start the next!

On a day trip with my parents to Haddon Hall I purchased ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte.  A few years later I went to Haworth, Yorkshire and the house where the Brontes lived. I loved that house and felt inspired by the stories that they had told.  I read other books by the Brontes but ‘Jane Eyre’ will always be my favourite. This was the first ‘grown up’ book I read!

One Christmas I watched the film ‘Little Women’.  I loved it and luck had it that for my birthday a few days later I was given ‘Little Women’ by Louisa M.Alcott. I read it, and read it, and read it!  It certainly became a favourite and I remember the excitement when I realised there were others!! ‘Good Wives’, ‘Little Men’ and ‘Jo’s Boys’.  I was really upset that my heroine Jo did not marry Laurie, the boy next door, but he married her sister instead.  I think I was surprised that books did not always have the happy ending you wanted.

My auntie had a large collection of books and she started me off on my next series of books ‘Anne of Green Gables’. My favourite character in ‘Little Women’ was Jo as I felt she had spark and wanted to write. The same could be said for ‘Anne of Green Gables’. Both characters inspired me to write.

Another girl that wrote, was Anne Frank.  Her diary throughout the war is a glimpse of the horror herself, her family and so many others had to endure.  I did visit the house she hid in in Amsterdam and it is a highly emotive place.

As I said at the beginning I read lots of books.  I do enjoy books of films I have seen and biographies about people I admire.  I have a bookcase full of Judy Garland books and there is always room for more!
 It does not matter what I read, from what genre, there is always that part of me longing for a happy ending!!
What is your favourite book and have any books particularly inspired you or changed your life? I would love to know.
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xx
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