Thirteen things I remember from reading experiences as a kid:

1. A rhinoceros having his first birthday party – the main character of my first animal book. I remember my parents taking me to the city, we came back with loads of books.

2. Tell It Again Series – books that my mother read to me. I remember images of papyrus, the Nile River, an ark, a sling shot, a taskmaster beating a slave, an ark. If you haven’t guessed it yet these are illustrated Bible stories.

2. Clue in the Crumbling Wall, NDM. This book ignited my love for mystery

3. High Road to China – could not finish it so my father told me the rest on the staircase of our rented Spanish house.

4. The Aeneid by Virgil. Even in English I didn’t understand it. I lasted til the end of the first page which was about half A4

5. Bible. It’s not an ordinary book at home. My mother made sure I understood it was a holy book and was treated with utmost respect. I read it without understanding it.

6. Violet Winspear. A Mills and Boon author

7. Irving Wallace. Author of a book a friend stole from a schoolmate’s Dad, the town doctor

8. Little Women by LMA. The book that kicked off my appetite for reading the classics. Mrs Librarian was getting uncomfortable lending us the book because some of us were getting addicted to it and other classics so I made sure I got my hands on it. Anything forbidden, try me.

9. Cosmopolitan. An uncle left an issue in our living room. It was my initiation to vanity.

10. Forgotten title; of a book that made me go “is that so?” It dealt with guns and silencers

11. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by HBS – didn’t read it but it’s what I think of every time I remember Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) a novel written by Dr Jose Rizal. Rumor has it that Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the inspiration behind Rizal’s Touch Me Not, a book which led to his execution

12. Kitty Bishop, and there was an Adam Malone – character names I still remember

13. Pacific Aphrodite – some romance

Megan and Janet host Thursday Thirteen

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