Follow the Yellow Brick Road??

Each month the wonderful Classics Club come up with a new question to tease us with.  This month’s teaser is:

‘What classic book has changed your view on life, social mores, political views, or religion?’

Now, I wasn’t sure that a book had changed my view as such, or at least I thought about this for a while and nothing immediately sprung to mind but that’s because I was trying to think of a particular example.  Of course I was sure that I’d think of a million examples and be kicking myself all over as soon as I read everyone else’s thoughts.  That’s what happens isn’t it.  As soon as somebody else comes up with an idea you think of a cartload yourself but of course it’s too late!  Then it dawned on me that a book, or more to the point books, had changed me.

To be frank I’ve always loved books.  I was fascinated by the illustrations when I was young, even before I could read.  Then of course I had the bedtime stories read to me at night by my parents – stories of incredible imagination, fairies, beasts, giants and wolves – either blowing down houses or following you through the wood to grandmas house – and now that I put it like that what exactly were they thinking reading those books to me at night – it’s dark, have they not heard about the closet monster or the creature under the bed, not to mention the sandman and the huge hand that grabs you from between the banisters as you run up the stairs!!

This was followed by my own first experimentation into choosing books.

The first book I actually remember reading was at age 7/8 and, inspired by my teacher at the time who I liked, was the Borrowers closely followed by The Wizard of Oz.  From there came a love of not only listening to stories at bedtime but reading and choosing them for myself.  Of course as I grew up I predominantly read the books that were available, my dads, to be frank – which were mainly classic book choices.

Then, I moved on, okay I read my brothers books first – which was a somewhat interesting experience that I won’t elaborate upon too much here!  And then, I got a job and with my new found money I discovered that I could choose books for myself!  Book independence!!  Freedom and the opportunity to experiment.  Since then I’ve read a lot of books, and by that I do mean quite a few and yet in spite of all the choice available out there, all the wealth of books available on the market today, I find myself returning more often than not to fantasy and classical novels.  Clearly my early experiences, coupled with a desire to enjoy stories that provoke the imagination and a secret wish to stay young of mind, had an impact that I never really saw until now and moulded my reading tastes more than I realised.

So there it is, my early books had a big influence on my later reading choices!  Now.  What about you??

16 Responses to “Follow the Yellow Brick Road??”

  1. The Things You Can Read

    I know how it is to read others responses and think why didn’t I think of that…I loved you answer! Checkout mine, if you haven’t already at

    Cynthia@The Things You Can Read

    • lynnsbooks

      I checked on by. Great response and I love your site. The background is ace.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Jen @ Jen's Book Closet

    Lynn!! How are you?! I know exactly what you mean about how early reading choices tend to lead your current reading choices. Sometimes I think it’s because things seem so much more magical and amazing when we’re younger. At least for me. I used to read the Samantha American Girl books and The Babysitters Books. I then delved into my mothers books which were usually romance. This may have something to do with my love of history, contemporary and of course ROMANCE! My very favorite book is the Humbug Witch. It’s a children’s book my mother read to me as a child, then I read and then I bought when I was all grown up. I still love it and books that resemble it in some way. Anyway, I loved your answer and the way it provokes my own reading experiences. Hope all is well! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Hey, I’m good. Yep, I’ve discovered my reading choices were formed at the tender age of 8!
      All is well with me and it’s great to hear from you. How you doing?
      I’ll be calling on over to yours shortly.
      Lynn 😀

  3. cherylmahoney

    Ah, The Borrowers was one of my early reads too. Although I don’t recall reading Wizard all that early on–the movie was a big influence on me though! Thanks for sharing your reading journey. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s funny how when I looked back I realised how my reading choices had been influenced. The Borrowers was great. I wonder if I’ll still like it if I reread. Maybe I should leave the magic as it is!!
      Lynn 😀

  4. TBM

    I know I was always a reader, but I just can’t remember what books I started off with. I have vivid memories walking through Little Professors, the local shop, but I can’t see what books are in my hands. Weird.

    • lynnsbooks

      Imagine having a book shop called Little Professors – that’s awesome! Funnily, apart from these first two I have very vague memories of the others. I’m pretty sure I read one of these sort of generic girl at boarding school type of books, Katie did something or other.
      Lynn 😀

      • TBM

        I read a lot of Judy Bloom and Beverly Cleary–not sure if I spelled their names right and I’m too lazy to check

      • lynnsbooks

        I’m gonna go and check those out – probably not to read if they’re really early reads – although you never know – and perhaps I already read some.
        Lynn 😀

  5. jessicabookworm

    As a child my earliest book memory is my father reading me The Hobbit at bedtime. It was not till I was about 7 and read the book for myself that I realised my father had missed out the giant spiders when he’d read it to me 😛

    • lynnsbooks

      Aw, your dad is well cute leaving out the spiders so as not to scare you. When you think about it your basic fairy tales can be pretty scary – not to mention some of the illustrations. It’s great that you had your dad reading the Hobbit – did you like it when you reread or did the spiders put you off?
      Lynn 😀

      • jessicabookworm

        I was shocked to find the spiders in the story but it didn’t spoil it. I think in fact it made me feel a bit more grown up when I got to know the whole story.

      • lynnsbooks

        Yeah, like you’d finally read the full thing for yourself – it’s like the book from the top shelf!
        Lynn 😀

  6. Two Dudes in an Attic

    Hmm. I was raised on Middle Earth and Narnia, though my parents read a lot of other things to us as well. I suppose that’s why I turned into an SFF geek. It’s interesting introducing my kids to books now, seeing what we both like and seeing what has aged badly. I’m also amused by the books (see: Judy Blume et al) that are still popular now in spite of decades full of other kid lit that is trying to dethrone them.

    Sadly, my daughter has proven utterly immune to my tastes. We’ll see if my son will follow me into spaceships and dragons.

    • lynnsbooks

      Aahh, raised on Middle Earth and Narnia – what more could you possibly ask for. I think with my reading tastes when I was younger it was mainly to do with what books were available. There was basically my dad’s books or nothing – until I discovered the library of course!
      It will be interesting to see how your children’s taste in books develops don’t you think? Your daughter might be immune for now but discover a love for that type of novel later. I read LoTR when I was 15 and loved it but, I don’t think I then read any other fantasy for a long time. Probably because I didn’t have anyone else guiding my tastes. Nowadays of course it’s much easier to flit about and check out all sorts of books that I’d like to read and I have found that my taste has changed, even quite recently.
      Lynn 😀

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