This one is easy.
The Book That Made Me Fall In Love With Reading
I don’t even know what to say about this book. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have younger children, read it to them.
Half Magic was written in the 50s about a family living in the 20s, so of course it’s dated, but it’s still as full of charm as ever. As an adult I catch little literary references that I missed when I was young, and that adds to my love of this book (more so than the others in the series).
I was an only child until I was 10, so before that, reading about this family of brothers and sisters gave me a bit of a pang. I wanted siblings to have summertime adventures with. This was my favourite book to read during the summer (followed closely by Magic by the Lake, which follows the same siblings), curled up in some quiet nook at my grandparents’ house. I found these books there one year and Nan told me I could have them. I don’t know which of my dad’s siblings they belonged to, but I think it was my aunt.
I kind of never wanted to ask because it felt like they had appeared just for me. [shrug] I know, kids are silly.
I still pick up coins and make double wishes on them, hoping that they’ll come true.