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May 7, 2018

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan ~ An @Audible_com Review

by Donna Huber

I remember curling up in my Mom's lap as we read together and the first book I 'read' because I had it memorized. Or how I created a little library between the wall and my bed with my Sesame Street books (those were mail days). As a pre-teen, I remember being excited to go to the mall because it meant a trip to B. Dalton bookstore and I could pick up two new Baby-Sitters Club books. Do you have memories connected to books?

Lucy Mangan shares her memories of childhood reading in her new memoir Bookworm.

Amazon affiliate links are used on this site. A free audiobook from Audible was provided for an honest review.

April 2018; Audible Studios; memoir
I really enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with Lucy Mangan. She is only a few years older than me, so there were a number of favorite books in common. She is also British, so there were also a few books that I hadn't heard of and from her descriptions, they were written for a British audience (things about school that isn't the same as it is in the U.S. for example and terminology). These seemed to be more the earlier reader type books.

I will admit she was much better read as a child than me in terms of the number of classics she consumed. But then there were the titles of pop culture that was as much a right of passage than anything - Judy Blume books and Sweet Valley High.

Mangan shares her personal memories, particularly her relationship with her parents throughout the book But she also provides historical context and facts about the books. I particularly liked the history of children's literature publishing.

Lucy Mangan reads this audiobook herself, so it really is like going to an informal lecture - it's not stuffy or high-brow and you could very well be in a coffee shop having a conversation with her about books.

If you are into nostalgia and were a reader as a child (or may you weren't much of a reader and you want to know what you missed), then pick up this book. And as there isn't really a plot to keep up with, it is an excellent audiobook for those who struggle with audiobooks.

Buy Bookworm at Amazon 
or sign up for your free trial of Audible and get it as one of your free introductory audiobooks.

Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour

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