A Reader’s Library

Garden at the American Consulate Library, Tokushima

Garden at the American Consulate Library, Tokushima

Books have been, and still are, an indispensable part of my life. Between the ages of nine and twelve, while living in Tokushima City on Shikoku Island, Japan, I would immerse myself in reading as soon as I’d completed my correspondence course assignments for the day. Typically, I would finish my homework by 11:30 a.m.–long before my Japanese playmates were released from school. What is there to do if your family doesn’t own a television? The answer for me was obvious–read!

I would often turn to a stack of books borrowed from the American Consulate Library, or to our own shelves, where such multi-volume titles as the Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia, My Book House (The Bookhouse for Children collection edited by Olive Beaupré), and Childcraft were lined up, waiting to inform and entertain me.  There were others that we’d brought with us from Canada or that were passed on to us by my parents’ friends.  Among them were such books as The Wind in the Willows, Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, The Jungle Book, Aesop’s Fables, the Thorton Burgess books, the Chronicles of Narnia, several collections of fairy tales, not to mention stories about the hiijinks of girls living in English boarding schools.  I also remember devouring the Nancy Drew series, the Bobbsey Twins, and the Hardy Boys as if they were as light and addictive as potato chips.  When I ran out of those, I would “borrow” adult mysteries from my parents’ bookshelves, and novels such as those written by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.

The list of books I’ve read since then–for both adults and teens (YA)–is extensive, and so I won’t even attempt to name them here. Thankfully, the social media site for authors and readers at https://www.goodreads.com/ helps me keep track of those. So I will limit my recommended books–for now–to those that relate to, or perhaps explain, topics I’ve covered in a post or addition to this blog site.  These may be found in one of three sub-headings below: Recommended Books for Children & YA ; Print Resources for Writers ; Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction. I hope you will check them out. Enjoy browsing my Reader’s Library!






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