My Favourite Childhood Books

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Throughout January, I started re-reading Harry Potter. It was my first time reading it as an adult as I hadn’t picked up the books for about nine years. I worried it would ruin them for me. But I was wrong. They were just as good as I remembered and I couldn’t put them down.

That made me start to think about the other books that had such a strong impact on my childhood and I compiled my top five.

The Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

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I still love this trilogy as an adult, having re-read it a few years ago and laughed my entire way through it. It has a great blend of magic, memorable characters and true character development.

As a young reader just discovering magic in books, this filled the perfect hole and the number of times I read them when I was young. I’m not sure who first introduced me, but I still get great enjoyment out of reading this trilogy.

The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan

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My year 8 English teacher read us the first chapter of the first book. That was all it took. I fell in love with these books. I owned odd numbers of them and got the rest out of the library but there was just something that gripped me here.

If only vampire stories for young readers continued in this vein, we would have a very different attitude towards them! I started his Demonata series, but it didn’t grip me in the same way.

The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

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Who am I kidding? Every book that Cornelia Funke wrote was an instant buy for my younger self. The Thief Lord was my favourite (I could quote the first chapter at one point!), but I also loved the Inkeheart series and The Dragon Rider.

Funke had a way that drew me into her world – regardless of which story it was. It was one of the first times I lost myself entirely in a fantasy world and forgot about reality.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)

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With the new series airing on Netflix, it brought back my fond memories of these books. As with Darren Shan, I owned some, borrowed others, but grew up wondering what was going to happen next to Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Any author that can hold a child’s attention across 13 books is definitely worth a mention.

Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

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Despite still reading these books as an adult, I can’t not mention them! I think I re-read these books every summer for a good few years.

As with Funke’s writing, I could absorb myself in Rowling’s writing and lose myself to another world. She taught me how reading could be such an escape – a lesson I never forgot!

 

There you have it, the books that impacted me most as a child. What were your favourite reads when you were young? Do you still read them now? Let me know!

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10 thoughts on “My Favourite Childhood Books

  1. I still read the Harry Potter books, and The Thief Lord is also one of my all time favorites. Did you know that Cornelia Funke has a new series out, “Reckless”? They are very different from Inkheart, and very much for young adults, not children. I think I must have read all thee available books from that series twice as often as the Harry Potter books.

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    • I’m re-reading Harry Potter at the moment – although it has been a while since I last read it! Ooh, no, I didn’t know that – will most definitely have to look into them! I miss Cornelia Funke’s writing and the joy it gave me, so if I can get that back, I most definitely will! Thank you!

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  2. Harry Potter is timeless. I basically reread at least one of the books every year. I turn to them whenever I in rut or a reading slump.
    I don’t think I’ve read the Lemony Snicket books, but I’m watching the Netflix show. I don’t like it much, but I couldn’t stop watching for some reason. Who exactly are those kids’ parents?

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  3. I just began reading Darren Shan’s Demonata series and I’m on book 8. I’m dying to read Cirque Du Freak. Maybe you could check out my book review I did on one of them? I’d really appreciate it. I love this post. I always remember continuously reading Harry Potter!

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