Today I’m taking it back to when I was young boy, just starting to become interested in reading. In this list, are some of my favourite books as a kid, books that made me the avid reader I am today! So without further ado…
10. Inkheart – Cornelia Funke
The concept of being able to bring book characters to life just by reading a book was a magical concept to me as a child, which is why this book is on my list. It is also one of the first larger books that I read, so I felt really smart after I finished it!
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
I was all about The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid, and this book in particular was one of my all-time favourites. Again, the concept was really cool – a wardrobe that serves as a gateway to a whole other world! The varying personalities of the Pevensie children made for some great tension amongst the characters, and we can’t forget about the awesomeness that is Aslan the lion.
8. Lola Rose – Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson’s books always explore complex family relationships, and Lola Rose was no different, but the idea of a character having to take on a whole new identity was why I put this book on my list over some of Wilson’s other books. ‘Lola’ was a very relatable character, but there was always a feeling of dread that her and her mum and brother would be found by Lola’s dad, which made for tense reading.
7. Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors – Terry Deary
These books managed to teach history in such a fun way, especially with all the funny animations. In particular, since I was really obsessed with Henry the Eighth (I even got to play him in my primary school play) and that period of time, The Terrible Tudors was my favourite. I’d even bore my mum with all the facts I’d learnt straight after reading it, which shows the influence these books had over me.
6. Lord Loss – Darren Shan
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t obsessed with the horror genre, which was probably worrying for all my relatives. When I think of my favourite horror writer, it has to be Darren Shan, and when I think of Darren Shan, I think of the Demonata series. The way all the stories eventually connected was like a cinematic universe before I knew what a cinematic universe was, and Lord Loss was the book to kick that off.
5. Matilda – Roald Dahl
I’ve already mentioned this on another list, so I won’t say too much about it, but I definitely related to the character and her love of books. If only I could have her powers as well. Oh, the mischief I’d get up too…
4. The Story of Tracy Beaker – Jacqueline Wilson
Another Jacqueline Wilson classic. Like most of these books, I saw a part of myself in the protagonist. I definitely related to Tracy’s over-active imagination, but there was almost a sadness to her character as you realise how in denial she is about her situation and her mother. For a children’s book, this managed to cover such a grown-up topic really well, and it had a great adaptation in the TV show!
3. The Spiderwick Chronicles – Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi
This one is kind of cheating since I included the whole series, but the books are so short that if you put them together they’d make for one large novel. From the creatures, to the action, to the quirky characters, there was very little that I disliked when it came to this series.
2. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
Cheating again with another series, but it was hard to pick a favourite amongst these books. The best part was trying to solve all the clues throughout the series, especially towards the end, and while some questions went unanswered, the ride was still enjoyable. Not to mention, some great illustrations and very unique characters.
1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling
I think I’m going to have to start banning Harry Potter from these lists, since they always make it to number one. The reason why I chose Prison of Azkaban specifically was because this is my favourite book in the series and was the first book that had me truly invested in the series. The series was starting to get darker, and we have time travel, what more can you need? When I think back to my childhood, it’s impossible to do so without thinking of the Harry Potter series.
How about you? What would be on your list? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!