Books are strange creatures. I say creatures because they seem to be alive sometimes. Some books make you happy, some sad. Some are fresh, feels like drinking a cool Orange juice on a hot humid sunny day. Others make you tense, full of action and excitement. You don't get to read to the end of most of the boring ones. Some books are not that boring but you skim through the pages only to see where the story is going. Some stories are weird, as if they could never happen in reality. Some are so realistic the story unfolds in front of your eyes as you read.
I don't call myself a student of literature. Although I studied both Sinhala and English literature for my Ordinary Levels and I have read quite a number of books from both languages, I haven't exactly followed it in a disciplined manner. I think for one to be a disciplined student one has to read all those golden works by Shakespeare, Wordsworth and so on. People usually get inspired by those works. For me the case is different, same as animations. Almost every animator say they were inspired by Toy Story, Cars, Jurassic Park or one of the award winning golden oldies. I however started learning animations because I liked to learn the techniques and later got inspired from recent work of Sebastien Laban and Virginie Goyons "Meet Meline". Many would say its not a big deal as much as works of Disney and Dreamworks. But for me there was some strange kind of fire in it that got me inspired.
Back to books, I started to associate them before even I could read. Like most of the things in my life I tagged along with my sister to first the Children's Section of the Colombo Public Library and then the Lending Section when I was too old to be in the children's section anymore( According to them! I however wish that I can borrow books from the children's section. I do love those books than the more realistic and harsh books in the leanding part).
We went there with our grandfather who used to read newspapers there until we were finished with the hard chores of choosing the books we wanted, reading one or two and in my case looking at pictures in the early days. My sister borrowed Sinhala translations of Tarzan, the largest books there, and ladybird series books with large letters in English and colourful pictures. Mother used to read the English ones to us. We were all a lot behind in learning English than Sinhala as it was only the second language and not much used in day today life. But reading books did help to "think in English" as well as Sinhala, as Rudyard Kipling says in his book Kim.
From the books I've read I love a strange collection of books and writes. I don't see any similarity in their writing style or topics.
All the lady bird series books
All books by Enid Blyton
Biggles series by W.E. Jones
William series by Richmal Crompton
Jennings by Anthony Buckeridge
Sinhala Translation of Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Hucklebury Finn by Mark Twain
Ganga Niroshini Suduwelikanda's Sinhala Translation of Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Sinhala translations of books by Edith Nesbit
Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
The Hardy Boys
Sinhala Translation of Great Expectations
Sinhala Translation of The Children of the New Forest
To Kill A Mocking Bird
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Hover Car Racer by Matthew Reilly
Lord of the Rings series by J. R.R. Tolkien
King in the Window by Adam Gopnik
All books by Roald Dahl
All books by Gerald Durrell
Sinhala Translation of A Story about a Real Man by Boris Palevoi
Most books by Arthur C. Clarke
Sherlock Holms by Arthur Connan Doyle
Covert One series, Bourn series and most of the books by Robert Ludlum
Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I'll add the names as I remember.
Any patterns you see? I see non.
Have a wonderful week full of reading and books :)