#bookaday – 10. Reminds me of someone I love

20140604-232101-84061927.jpgBlogging through June with #bookaday, and today is…

10. Reminds me of someone I love

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I actually quite struggled with this one, as I tend to find that books are very personal, and are connected only to me. There are quite a few books that John and I share – we initially bonded over having read some of the same things, such as Raymond E. Fiest’s Magician – but generally we find it offputting when one of us has read a book before the other. So this is my best example, which is Brian Jacques’ wonderful Redwall series. I started reading them when I was about seven or eight, and when I had finished reading one, my mum would read it after me. We read through the whole series like that, and I think we were both up to date until around about 2006. (There’s about seven or eight I haven’t read, leading up to Jacques’ sad passing the year before last.)

There aren’t that many books out there these days that are totally ‘family friendly’ without being anesthetised and bland, but Redwall is one of those series. They’re rollicking, fun, and occasionally darker than you might expect, but mainly all they make me think about is the full shelf of paperbacks in my mum’s bedroom (a shelf which, I believe, has been fully picked over by the grandchildren now.)

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