I was always a reader, a bookworm. In the evenings you would find me snuggled up in my bed, reading under the covers. Listening intently for my parents footsteps so that I could quickly turn off the light. It was no surprise that I went on to do A Level English Literature and then to qualify as an English teacher. I taught English alongside for Sociology for many years. My classes would describe me as the teacher that often stood on tables and acted out bits of the book. As a child I read everything from Anne of Green Gables to Judy Blume. Even today I read a huge genre of books but don’t read as much as I would like.
Children’s books are not just for children and I love reading some of the books that my children read. Erin has recently discovered Roald Dahl and together we are reading them. What is lovely is the books she is holding in her small hands are my old copies. They are much loved, a few corners folded down and the odd biscuit crumb has marked the pages. They are remnants of my childhood but much loved today.
Another series we are reading together is A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. These were new to me and as such I am enjoying discovering them for the first time. Erin is a very good reader and reads beyond her years. What is great is that A Series of Unfortunate Events is starting on Netflix as a new series. The programme starts on January 13th and is going to be popular with all. It is a great time to trial netflix with their one month free offer if you are not already a convert!
If the series is new to you, start reading along now and familiarise yourself with the characters! There are many books in the series and they have stood the test of time over the years. A Series of Unfortunate Events tell the story of the children who become orphans after their parents are killed in a fire at the family mansion. In The Bad Beginning, they are sent to live with a distant relative named Count Olaf after briefly living with Mr. Poe, a banker in charge of the orphans’ money and future. The brothers and sisters discover that Count Olaf intends to get his hands on the Baudelaire money, which Violet is to inherit when she reaches 18 years of age.
Throughout the series the children uncover more and more about their parents and also Olaf continues to plot to get their money. The series is fast paced and engaging for young readers and viewers. Therefore snuggle down, grab the book and read along in anticipation for the series on Netflix.