show me the books I ll show you the man ,a life in books

Well I ve come up with a great idea ,I loved the bbc programm rock tree where you follow bands via members and styles in a huge family tree so I was thinking why don’t I do the same with my books start with child hood books over weeks then teen and adult books and show how each book opened up options to other books thus building a reading tree for my self .


Well I ll start with a true hero of mine Sherlock Holmes ,I found this in my christmas presents in 1983 (oh yes I m that old ),it is one of my most treasured books from my mum as my parents separated when I was at primary school I knew it had cost her a lot and was thus valued by myself ,it contains three main short stories collection and three novels ,it gave me endless hours of under the covers reading of murders ,robberies,midget’s and hell hounds .I have always loved any films no matter how bad connect to Holmes and have a good many on dvd and of course the wonderful Jeremy Brett tv series .Holmes gave me a foot hold in adult books at a tender age and led on too .

  1. the other Doyle books like lost world and more adventures ,via the YA Willard price adventure series the adventures of Hal and Roger as they collect creatures around the world in places such as the amazon ,also Arthur Ransomes swallows and amazons books .
  2. Maigret I read a few Maigret books by the prolific Belgian writer Georges Simenon ,this gave me a taste of french life and another great detective to follow ,he is different to holmes as a family man but like Holmes is deep thinker
  3. Alternative fiction ,I read books based on Holmes stories containing sci-fi and stories with Holmes like character ,there are many out there and still new ones being written although I didn’t read many along this line the style of writing use an existing character in other books or a historic character has cropped up in a lot of books I ve read .

 So there is part one of my book history one book three leads from that one book .

What books lead your reading as a child ?

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rikkiscraps
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 08:43:18

    What a good idea to do a sort of book tree.
    I also love Sherlock Holmes and have read his stories many many times. Not so much a fan of Maigret, though.
    What a nice box in front of the other books on the shelves! I like the image of Holmes with his pipe continuing over two books. Looks great!”


  2. Simon
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 09:00:18

    What a great idea stu. I read a lot of secret seven as a child and then a few of the classics but it was probably being allowed and encouraged to read at night as part of the wind down routine that planted the seeds of my passion for reading now.


  3. savidgereads
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 11:06:43

    Sherlock Holmes was one of my childhood favourites too. My Great Uncle Derrick used to memorize them for when we went on walking holidays together and thats where my passion started. I also loved the Robin Jarvis books. Great idea for a new feature Stu!


  4. amymckie
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 12:56:25

    What a great idea for a series Stu! As a very very young child we had all of the Berenstain Bear books, and the Robert Munsch books. They are my earliest memories of reading. From there it was a lot of series like the Baby Sitters Club and Thoroughbred (books about horses).


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 26, 2010 @ 18:47:59

      yes girls seem to like horse books ,I like the nr men when very littl and richard scarry picture books ,all the best stu


  5. Nymeth
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 15:16:44

    I love this idea! And I so need to read more Holmes. I’ve read the novels but not the short stories, which everyone tells me are better. Fiction that uses a pre-existing character can indeed be difficult to do right, but there are some wonderfully successful examples out there, like the Mary Russell series.


  6. Kevin Faulkner
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 18:07:53

    As with all above. A great idea for a series of posts well worth recording and following . I’ve kept a reading list of all the novels I’ve read since ’75!

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s deductive adventures is a classic light read which has kindled many a English teenager, myself included, in ’72, to a life-times love affair reading novels !


  7. Lisa Almeda Sumner
    Aug 27, 2010 @ 01:27:22

    Stu, I’m feeling old tonight, and I’m not sure I was ever a child! I do remember the exact feeling when I realized that I could read by myself. As soon as I was able to read to myself, reading became my favorite activity. I do remember reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Praire series and gobbling those books up…I love this idea for a post. Can’t wait for your teen years, Stu!


    • winstonsdad
      Aug 27, 2010 @ 21:34:47

      many thanks lisa ,laura ingalls wilder seems a real right of passage book in america seen other people mention it ,I watch tv series years ago ,all the best stu


  8. Valerie
    Aug 30, 2010 @ 19:24:04

    Yes, I’m one of those Americans who read the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder over and over again as a kid. I also read a lot of Nancy Drew mysteries and probably reading those eventually led me (as a young adult) to reading all of Sherlock Holmes — my collected works is not as nice of an edition of yours though!


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