Hello everyone and happy World Book Day!
Today I will be talking about my favourite books from my childhood in celebration. But before we dive into that topic, a little bit about World Book Day for those of you who haven’t heard about it before.
World Book Day first started 21 years ago in 1997 and it’s main aim is to get more children reading for pleasure. World Book Day started around the time I first started reading as a child (I was born in 1992 for reference). For the child I think the most exciting thing is getting to go to school dressed up as your favourite book character. The orgaisation get schools participating by sending them book vouchers and resource packs.
World Book Day does amazing work introducing children to wonderful books as well as the experience of reading for pleasure (an activity that took over my childhooda nd is only hampered now by the boring day job!). If you want to read more check out their website for more information.
So to my list of books that have stuck with me since my childhood! (In no particular order by the way)
- Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
- Of course this series is on this list, how could it not be? I remember I first read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when I saw that my dad had the board game and I wanted to play. He told me I couldn’t play till I read at least the first book, I borrowed his copy and the rest is history!
- Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman
- I was recommended this series by a friend, Jess, from Secondary School. It was far more adult that most of the books I had read until that point. Here I have to state that I am a cis white female and I happened to grow up in a small community that wasn’t really diverse until I was 15 or so, not by design just pure coincidence. So reading a book about racism being flipped so white people are treated like black people were several decades ago kind of shoved the issue of racism (of any kind) into the forefront of my mind. It made me really think about the racism the world has experienced and is still experiencing. I will always love this series as I believe it really made me think more broadly than I had before and I can only thank Malorie Blackman for it.
- The Black Magician by Trudi Canavan
- Magic, class systems breaking down and mysteries to be unravelled. This series has it all. I can’t remember when I first read The Magicians Guild but I know I was a teenager at the time. This series intrigued me from the start and I think I read through the trilogy quite fast, considering each book is 450 pages plus and I was mostly used to reading books the length of the early Harry Potter books it was a welcome challenge for me.
- The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
- I believe I actually got the first book in this series on World Book Day at my Primary School’s library! It follows the character Eragon as he discovers he is the last (good) Dragon Rider. I was never really into dragons before reading this series but reading about the relationship between Eragon and Saphira was amazing. I fell in love with them and their odd way off communicating. The series was originally meant to be a trilogy but the author found there was too much material to include so it soon became a quartet. The time between releases was quite long so the last book didn’t come out until I was nearly 20! Also the fact that Christopher Paolini started writing the series when he was 16 and he got it published was quite inspiring for a young writer like myself.
- Jacqueline Wilson books
- There are several Jacqueline Wilson books that I read when I was younger that have stuck with me. There is Vicky Angel that taught me that nothing stays happy forever and that kids my age could die (a happy thought). The Suitcase Kid which showed me that having a so-called ‘broken family’ doesn’t always work out as well as it did with my parents (for the record they broke up when I was a toddler and there have never been any issues between them as far as I’m aware). There is also the Girls in Love series which I loved as a kid, I thought they were romantic, but now looking back I realise how badly they portray certain aspects of being a teenager. Finally there is The Diamond Girls which I know I have read but for the life of me I cannot remember what happens I just always remembered I have read it.
- I know this section isn’t as cheery as the others, but I thought I should tell you about the books that have influenced me in more than one way.
So there you have it, the books that have stuck with me the most as I grew up! What books have stuck with you? Have you read the books I have mentioned? What did you think of them? How are you celebrating World Book Day?