I’m not really one for reminiscing but I feel like for the sake of books, it’s worth it! Today’s post will be the 6 most memorable reads from my childhood/teen years; they’re all memorable for different reasons but I feel like sharing them with you because they each represent something different in terms of my reading experiences and how they have shaped my current reading career!
1. The Harry Potter series.
For me, and for a lot of many others, the Harry Potter series was my favourite as a child and to be honest, it still is. I don’t really know what to say as I don’t think it really needs much explaining as to why it’s on my most memorable reads list!
2. Coraline by Neil Gaiman.
I know many of you will have read Coraline but the reason it made it to my most memorable reads list is because it scared me. The book itself didn’t scare me as much as the concept of it did; I was quite young when I read it and for a long while it was all I could think about. It definitely created a lasting impression on me!!
3/4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and Forgotten by Cat Patrick.
These two books were the ones that really got me into YA. I read Forgotten a very very long time ago so I don’t remember specifics but I know that I loved it; I loved the story, I loved how quickly I could read it and I loved how much it made me want to explore the YA genre. Shiver was a peculiar one. I read it when I was about 15 but I wasn’t too keen on the story but I absolutely adored the writing style, world-building and character-building. It, again, spurred me on to read more and really got me into reading in the way I do now, I think I might need to try it again and finish the series!!
5. Looking For Alaska by John Green.
Now, I mention this one for a different and more negative reason. The reason it is on my most memorable list is because of how much I disliked it and how much it put me off reading. After I read this, I had absolutely no interest in the YA genre or reading anything at all, for that matter. It’s the reason I didn’t pick up a book for a few years which is sad. I understand that there is a huge amount of people who adored this book and John Green in general but I just never understood it.
6. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.
This is quite possibly the best story I’ve ever read and therefore my favourite book. I’ve read it a countless amount of times since my mum gave it to me and it will always be kept on my bookshelf. The story is so whimsical and peculiar and is written with such a wonderful amount of detail that the setting is always one that I will remember in my head!
I feel like this is rather a personal post for a Wednesday evening but I think it’s important for people to share their past experiences with reading as well as current and let people know which books shaped their reading career in the present whether it is good or bad.
Which books do you remember the most from your childhood or teen years?
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