Sunday, 13 October, 2013 - 15:00

Books that remind me of home

by RachelF

It's a funny thing, being in another country. It makes you appreciate all the things you love about your home, whether it be the food, the traditions, or the people. For me personally, reading and sharing books helps me to connect with my memories, my friends and family, and my home country, the UK.

Here are just five of the books or book-series that, for me, conjure up vivid memories of home:

Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster
This book takes the form of a series of letters, and follows the story of a young orphan, Judy, as she goes to university and discovers a whole world of new experiences. This book always reminds me of my home and my mother, because she used to read it to me when I was ill in bed.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I'm sure many of you will have heard of this one! These books are about a boy who discovers he's a wizard, and has all sorts of adventures at wizarding school. I love to read these again and again, because I can really get lost in the stories, and the whole magical world the author has created. Recently, I have also been reading them in German.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This is a science-fiction novel about a man's adventures in space after the destruction of Earth. It is extremely funny and inventive, as well as having a very British sense of humour. For this reason, it might be a bit difficult for foreigners to understand, but when I read it I feel a strong connection to my home.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
Have you ever read a description of a landscape or countryside that made you feel like you were actually there? For me, this book does exactly that. It is about a young girl who is taken to live in a big house in Yorkshire, England, and discovers a secret garden.

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
This was one of my favourite books when i was younger, and for this reason it still strongly reminds me of England and my childhood. It is also set in Yorkshire, and follows three children and their adventures living next to a railway.

Note from editor: The books on this list are the blogger's personal selection.

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Have you read any of these books, and if not, would you like to? What is your favourite book that reminds you of home?

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