Book Connections

Books and Authors from Childhood


This week I want to share some books much loved in childhood. I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s in a small town that had no library and one book shop that I used to drool at through the window mostly. Our school didn’t have a library either but there were a few saints books on classroom shelves that I read and our schools had readers and journals with stories. Later a family library some distance from us was accessible when the family down the road kindly took me there sometimes when they were going.

My mother bought us books when she could and they were much loved. A year or two back I made a wall quilt celebrating authors who inspired my love of story.  Those before the teapot are the authors I loved before my teens.

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Joanna Spyri

Her Heidi, Heidi Grows Up and Heidi’s Children were very treasured books. I am not sure what happened to the first two, but a sister down the family rescued Heidi’s Children and eventually had it rebound. She said I hoped I didn’t mind because of course it had my name written in a few places! She was a book lover too and I was happy to see her do it. Unfortunately  she died two years ago and so now the book sits again on my bookshelf.

My books are mainly British for in those days that’s what was mostly sold here in New Zealand.

Enid Blyton

She wrote numerous books and I read many of them. I loved the Famous Five and the Secret Seven.

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Once as a teacher I read one of these aloud to my students and well I didn’t like it, it was pretty boring but they loved it. They wanted another, I told them to read more themselves. But I am very grateful to Enid Blyton for the stories she provided me in childhood.

Lucy Fitch Perkins

It turns out she was an American author. I loved her twins books which seemed to have been sold here. I couldn’t find a old cover for this one so just chose this.

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There were many twins books. The Irish Twins, The Dutch Twins, The Cave Twins and many more. I read whatever I could get my hands on.

Joyce Lankester Brisley

A British author -she wrote all about Milly Molly Mandy. They were fun and while I don’t remember too much now, I know I enjoyed the character.

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Elleston Trevor

I only read one book by this author, but I have a deep remembered love of it. It was about animals that talked and lived in the woods.

Elleston Trevor is a former RAF pilot. The Woodlander Series are classic children’s stories written in the 1940s and 1950s about the inhabitants of Deep Wood — Old Stripe the Badger, Potter-the-Otter, Woo Owl and Digger Mole.

One of them lived underground – maybe badger and I remember him sitting in a chair smoking a pipe and reading a book. I think it appealed to me most likely because that would have been my own complete introvert fantasy!

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Have you a book you remember with great fondness from childhood?

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Reading challenge

Connect Five Books Reading Challenge


Join me for 2019 in Connect Five – Books.

Let’s look at connections for books… what books link for some reason or another.

When you have five that connect in whatever way you are able to group them then link up. How might you do this?

  • Write and link up a blog post
  • Share the five books on Instagram and link up
  • Have a Goodreads shelf and link that up – this may be a little different but maybe use it in combination with a comment.
  • Or… if you belong to none of these places, share five books in a comment.

What’s the Challenge?

To look for connections between books you read. There will be  many connections that just float over our awareness. Let’s see can we raise that a bit, whether its fairly surface level or something deeper.


Here are some examples that might get you thinking! It’s not hard work, you don’t need to plan it out, just see what happens.

It could be ….

  • Five books of the same genre
  • Five books by the same author
  • Five books with a similar theme or issue being explored for example mother/daughter relationships
  • Five books from the same series
  • Five books you bought in 2018
  • Five books from the depths of your TBR
  • Five books with fabulous covers
  • Five debut books
  • Five new to you authors
  • Five books that weren’t for you.
  • Five books that really connect to your own life in some way.
  • Five books with the theme of friendship

And you can come up with ones you think of… there will be so many.


  • The five books connection cannot be too simple, for example five paperbacks or five ebooks or five women authors – unless of course you hardly ever read women authors. I could challenge myself and have a group though of five male authors because I hardly ever read male authors! Five USA authors would be rather simple, but it could be five USA authors from the same state.
  • A book can only be used once.
  • The books must be read in 2019.
  • Books can be carried over until you have five of something. It may take a few months to gather five of something.
  • You may have  many connections of five to link up . So if you have two groups of five then you can link up twice and so on within a month.
  • You may just link one group of five during the year sometime or many each month.
  • You don’t have to write a commitment post but if that helps to remind you then that is an excellent idea and any way you can share this challenge is welcomed. Use the hashtag  #connect5books2019


Each month I will post a link up on the last Wednesday of the month. The link up will be open until the  Tuesday before the last Wednesday of the next month. The first link will go up in January 30th 2019.  Link up at any time during that following month. And then we will roll on with each month.


The Bonus – A Giveaway

For those who have a five book connection and link up there will be a random prize draw for one reader who will win a book of their choice for that month from the Book Depository. The last link up will be posted in November and go through December. At the end of the year there will be one draw as well for all those who have participated during the year, –  a book of choice from the Book Depository.

And a Connect Five from 2018

Browsing through my reading from this year I can see a number of connects.

  1. Books that have quite a bit to do with books and libraries.

    Four are obvious, but Harry’s Trees includes a library that if it doesn’t get any funding it will close down – it has one very elderly but loyal volunteer librarian.

  2. Books that are about Christmas or the Spirit of Christmas.
  3. Books with a theme of family

    And it could have been possible if I was reading with more awareness that I could have collected books about family that deal with just sisters and brothers, or adoption, or marriage.  I could see a connection where children played a significant role in the plot but I’d already used Harry’s Trees in another connect so no go!