Yes, this is going to be a regular thing! I love lists, and I love books, so this could not be better suited to anyone but me – this meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and will be lovingly carried out by me.
March 24: Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit
Interesting question; at what age does your childhood end? Surely you can’t put a number on it? Regardless, my definition of childhood for this list, was books that I read before I was a teenager, that I would certainly look to re-read again in the future – again, they are in no particular order!
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Obviously I could have included all seven books, but that wouldn’t have made for a very interesting list, so I just went with where the magic started. Nothing says childhood like Harry Potter. I was introduced to the magic aged seven by my auntie, who often bought me a book when my family went to see her. I began reading the book before I saw the film in 2001, and I was entranced there and then! To me, Harry Potter will always spell childhood (and adulthood).
2. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
As I understand it, this book has been heavily edited recently to suit 21st century children, regarding political correctness. This is highly disappointing to hear, as I absolutely loved it the way it was. The main issue I gather was with the names of two of the children, but I’ve got news for you, Dick and Fanny were common names in the early 1900s! How are kids going to learn things like this if they are removed unnecessarily? Anyway, I absolutely loved these magical stories. I still own the copy my Granny bought me when I was about six, and I certainly feel a re-read is imminent.
3. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
I’m not all about magic and contemporaries. I loved the Alex Rider series of books (my favourite was probably ‘Eagle Strike’) , so much so that I’m actually in the process of re-reading them. These are the brilliantly written, fast-paced adventures of a 14-year-old spy, who gets deployed to missions worldwide. I’d still highly recommend them!
4. Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson
It would have been wrong to write this list without mentioning one of my favourite childhood authors, Jacqueline Wilson. I read the majority of her early books, and then looked forward to her (usually) annual releases. My favourite of her novels for a long time was ‘Best Friends’, which was then made into a TV series.
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
This book was pure magic when I was a kid – I actually recently re-read it, and still thought it was marvellous. I absolutely loved the whole plot, and the simple fact that Charlie came from such a poor background, and ended up owning a chocolate factory was simply mind-blowing. What child wouldn’t want to spend a day in Willy Wonka’s factory?!
6. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
I simply couldn’t not fail to include this little gem. ‘Dear Zoo’ was my favourite book when I was under-2. I have a very vague memory of loving the ending with the puppy, and wishing I could be the main character in ‘Dear Zoo’ just so I could hang out with animals, and then end up with a puppy. It’s definitely a book I’ll be reading to any future children, should I have them.
7. Holes by Louis Sachar
‘Holes’ was the first book I can recall reading at school as a group. We had reading groups based on level (I was always in the highest level) so myself and a few friends read this novel when we were seven or eight, and our teacher guided us by providing some stimulating questions for us to think and talk about. I remember loving our daily 30-minute reading and discussion sessions, and they were almost certainly were a contributing factor to me book blogging years later.
8. Scarlett by Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Cassidy was dubbed the next Jacqueline Wilson, and for good reason. Her books were generally more mature than Wilson’s, dealing with themes such as drug abuse and parental issues. Her characters are always well fleshed out, and the stories are intriguing. ‘Scarlett’ was my favourite, but I thoroughly enjoyed all her stand-alone novels.
9. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I only read the first two books when I was about ten, but having read some of Meg Cabot’s adult books since then (as well as my love of the movies) I think I’d enjoy them much more now. I do remember them being very funny and cringey, so I’m not really sure why I didn’t continue with the series.
10. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Hands down, my favourite of the ten books mentioned – yes, even more so than ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!’ I could talk about this book all day, I just love it so much. I don’t love it any less with re-reads either. It simply is an outstanding read, whatever your age. It is hands-down the most interesting, important and thought-provoking book I’ve ever read. Out of any book I’ve ever read, it is the one book I’d urge you to read!
What books from your childhood do you view with nostalgia? And if you haven’t read ‘Noughts and Crosses’ yet, what are you doing? Get on with it!
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