What reading skeletons do you have in your closet? Books you’d be ashamed to let people know you love? Addiction to the worst kind of (fill in cheesy genre here)? Your old collection of Bobbsey Twin Mysteries lovingly stored behind your “grown-up” books? You get the picture … come on, confess!
OK, I confess – I love children’s books! I have quite a collection of them and I can’t get around it by saying they’re Xander’s because I had them for some time before he was born and they’re a tad too advanced for a 2-year-old. My favourites are the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer and the Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell – actually, the Edge Chronicles pip Artemis Fowl to the post as I adore both the stories and the illustrations. I’m hoping Xan will love them as much as I do!
Last, but not least, honorable mention must go to Ronia, The Robber’s Daughter by Astrid Lindgren – I must have read it twenty times at least and I never get tired of it.
Of course, I also have the complete set of Harry Potter, but I have the “adult cover” versions, because they were prettier than the children’s ones and I like thinks to look nice on my shelf.
At one point, I became a reviewer for a site that only dealt with children’s books, and I spent many happy hours turning the pages and being completely engrossed. Sadly, the site is no longer in existence, or I’d still be reviewing for them now and feeding my addiction!
ETA: I’m not actually ashamed of any of these books really – they’re all proudly displayed on the bookcase in my livingroom, but it was the closest I could come to a “guilty pleasure” kind of thing – LOL!