July 12th: Children’s Books
–This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.
For this week’s top 5 Wednesday I’m both looking back to the books that made my childhood and at the books that I wish I read when I was younger. I don’t have a lot of memories from my childhood, but books have always been a part of my life, the library was like a home from home to me from a very early age.
Harry Potter – by J.K. Rowling
Of course this is on my list, how could it not be. I know this is going to be a popular answer, but I just could not just leave this series of my list. It had such a huge impact on my life. I have so many memories attached to the Harry Potter world. I recently posted a mini essay about the impact the Harry Potter franchise has had on me, and shared some of those childhood memories. You can find that here, if you want to read more about my love for the series.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – by Lemony Snicket
My childhood best friend introduced me to this series, and I quickly became hooked. I reread the early books multiple times while I waited for the next instalment. The writing style was so unique that they really stood out to me, and I loved the UK hard cover designs so much. Even then I was a sucker for an attractive spine. My copies have been boxed up in the attic for a while, but I would love to reread them someday for the nostalgia.
The Chronicles of Narnia – by C.S. Lewis
I read these books with my mum when I was younger, so they have sentimental value. They’re classics for a reason, and they are attached to very comforting memories for me. I would love to reread them sometime, now that I’m older.
Skulduggery Pleasant – by Derek Landy
I was probably more of a teen when I first read this book, but its such a good book that stood up to the test of time and age when I reread it earlier this year. A skeleton detective/wizard and a young girl team up to solve a mystery. This book has such a wonderful sense of humour.
The works of Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson’s books were everywhere when I was younger, the library, classroom bookshelves, charity shops, basically my main sources of reading material. I read so many of her books when I was younger. Many of them kept me reading way past my bedtime.
What books did you love as a child? Have you read any good childrens/middle grade books recently? I’d love to hear in the comments.
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