Lent 2015 – Day 30

Today is the 35th anniversary of the assassination of Oscar Romero in El Salvador. He spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations and torture, and was assassinated while offering Mass. Here are a few quotes from him that I find inspiring and challenging:

Top Ten Tuesday – Favourite Books From My Childhood (March 24)

TTT3WTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is: ‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’. Some of these I have revisited a few times since, but these are the favourites that I remember anyway. Even back then I was never without something to read, so some things haven’t changed!

hobbit1. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien. This is the book that sticks out the most from my childhood. We read it at school about the same time that Bernard Cribbins was reading it on Jackanory for the BBC. It is still my favourite book and I read it at least once every two to three years.

chronicles of narnia2. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis. I have lost count of the number of times I have read these books and remember how magical they seemed to me the first time I read them. I still enjoy reading them today and have read them to my children as well. My favourite book in the series is probably The Silver Chair.

charlie and the chocolate factory3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl. This was one of the first books I bought with my own money and I was quite proud of that. Although I read and enjoyed lots of Roald Dahl’s books, this is probably still my favourite one.

folk of the faraway tree4. The Folk of the Faraway Tree - Enid Blyton. I remember having this one read to me quite often when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I can’t remember too much about it, but it was one that I really enjoyed. I still have the same book I had then on my shelf, but I’ve never read it again.

fattypuffs and thinifers5. Fattypuffs and Thinifers - Andre Maurois. This was the first book I ever had to do a book report for, which is probably why I remember it so well. I got a copy of it again a few years ago and it brought back lots of good memories when I read it again.

finn family moomintroll6. Finn Family Moomintroll - Tove Jansson. I really loved all of the Moomin books, but this one was the one I liked the most. I bought all eight of the Moomin books two or three years ago and have been slowly working my way through them and enjoying them again.

destination moon7. The Adventures of Tintin: Destination Moon - Herge. I read and reread most of the Tintin books in my childhood, but this one was always my favourite one. I was fortunate to pick up a box set of all the adventures for a decent price a couple of years ago and am hoping to read them all again eventually.

just william8. Just William - Richmal Crompton. I had a few of the books in this series, but I can’t remember which ones. I think one of the reasons I liked them was probably because the main character was called William. I remember they also did a TV series based on the books as well.

treasure island9. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson. This is another book that I like to return to from time to time. It’s always fun to go back to. It was also one that I had read to me on more than one occasion. The idea of the ‘black spot’ both fascinated and scared me at the time.

stig of the dump10. Stig of the Dump – Clive King. This was one that I read at school and all I remember is that there were lots of exciting adventures, with a little bit of time travel thrown in, although that part was never really explained. I should try and get a copy of it to see if it was as good as I remember it to be.