Saturday, October 21, 2017

Decades of Reading Mini-Challenge

Oh my gosh, how am I supposed to pick just ONE BOOK from each decade of my reading life?! But that is what the Decades of Reading Mini-Challenge has asked of me. So here goes:

1980s (age 0-1):
Obviously I wasn't reading on my own at this time, but I can still pick a book! The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree was one of my favourites and one that I used to learn to read. I'm just assuming I was already being read that one by 1989.

1990s (age 1-11):
This is a hard one because I honestly can't remember a lot of the reading I did in elementary school. I know I did a LOT of it. So while it feels a bit odd to choose something I read in 1999 as representative of my 90s reading, I'm gonna do it anyway! I was 11 when I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (OK, actually my first copy of that book was an American edition for some reason and was called Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, but let's just forget about that) and it was a turning point in my reading life, throwing me head first into the world of fantasy from which I would rarely emerge for the rest of my life up to this point.

(Oh, honourable mention that I thought of after writing all this: The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, which caused a years long obsession with ancient Egypt. Also read in 1999 I believe.)

2000s (age 11-21):
For the decade encompassing my teens I choose Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It was an instant favourite of mine and remains one of my comfort reads.

2010s (age 21-29 so far):
My lifelong trend of reading lots of random unrelated stuff continues, so this is a really hard mini-challenge for me! I decided to go with The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket because I love it and also because in this decade I have perhaps read more children's lit than I did when I was actually a child so in a way it actually is representative.

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