July 4: Top Ten Favourite Books From My Childhood
Oddly enough, several of my favourite books from childhood retain their place on my list. I was always a voracious reader so I read ahead of my age, and now I am a huge lover and advocate of YA literature, so I suppose my tastes haven’t changed dramatically even in fifteen years!
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Given that Harry Potter has proved to be such a huge influence in my life, it is obviously my favourite book/series from my childhood.
2. Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson
Like every 90s girl, I loved all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books, but this was probably my favourite. Even the TV series was great.
3. The Sleepover Club At Frankie’s by Rose Impey
This was one of my favourite series (books and TV) when I was a kid. I flew through the novels; they were just so fun and relatable.
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Although I devoured as much Roald Dahl as possible as a child, this was my favourite. It has a great message and is such an adventure.
5. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
I will always maintain that this was the series that got me hooked on fantasy fiction (and if J.K. Rowling didn’t get the idea from The Faraway Tree then she’s a genius!)
6. Holes by Louis Sachar
I remember buddy reading this with a friend in Year 5 or 6 and finding it really intriguing. Must reread at some point.
7. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
I recently re-read the first three A Series of Unfortunate Events books and was thoroughly underwhelmed, but I quite enjoyed them when I was at primary school.
8. The Terrible Tudors by Terry Deary
The Horrible Histories series was an obsession of mine when I was about ten. I devoured them and relished the duel enjoyment of reading and learning.
9. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
Although this series was targeted at boys, I loved reading about Alex’s spy adventures all over the world, and still revisit his world on occasion.
10. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
This is the first book I can remember reading about magic and schools, ergo I think it fuelled my love of Harry Potter.
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