Growing up I read a lot of different kind of books. Sadly I don’t even remember all the book I’ve read. But there are a couple of my childhood books I remember very well.
The first book I remember reading a lot of times is from the Dutch author Rindert Kromhout, called ‘Het geheim van de afgebeten vingers’. It was never translated in English, but translated it’s called ‘The Secret of the Bitten Fingers’. A strange title for a children’s book but I loved it. The story is based on La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) an image, of a man-like face, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome, Italy. Starting from the Middle Ages, it was believed that if one told a lie with one's hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off.
The second book I remember reading in my childhood was ‘James and The Giant Peach’ by Roald Dahl. I really loved that book. I enjoyed the way James escaped his horrible aunts through magic. And I remember I didn’t want to stop reading. I loved the way the bugs came to life in this book. It was just a magical story.
Another book I remember reading was also from Roald Dahl, called ‘Matilda’. I loved the book addict Mathilda and the way she was smarter than everyone who tried to bully her. This book remained one of my favorites and I also watched the movie a lot of times. There’s just something about a little girl who reads a lot that grabbed my attention, even when I was a little girl myself.
And of course there are my favorite childhood books I still read today. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I was eight years old when the first book ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ came out in 1997. I read the first book when it wasn’t even a major hype and it easily became a part of my childhood. Throughout the years I bought each new book immediately when it came out and I would drop everything and started reading until I finished the book. There truly is no book series as precious and special to me as the Harry Potter series. It’s a part of me. I dreamed of going to Hogwarts and wished for years there would be a envelop waiting on me when I got home.
I think I’ve read the complete series at least seven times and still I can never get enough of these books.