Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

Book Meme

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1. One book that changed your life: The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton

2. One book that you’ve read more than once: Beowulf

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

4. One book that made you laugh:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

5. One book that made you cry:
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

6. One book that you wish had been written:
The rest of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
The Social Contract by Rousseau

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Conundrums for the Long Weekend: England, Dorothy L. Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey by Robert McGregor and Ethan Lewis

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Kristen Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset