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World Book Day 2020: The Books That Shaped My Childhood

To celebrate World Book Day this year, I am taking part in a blog hop with 17 fantastic bloggers so absolutely make sure you check their posts out. You can check out the full line up in the picture at the end of this post.

So as the title of this post says, I want to talk about the books that played a part in my childhood. I think it’s fairly safe to say that when I was younger, I did enjoy reading and had a particular few favourites, but I didn’t become the reader that I am today until 2014, so I was 18 when that happened. For me, there were a couple of stand out series that I was just so obsessed with when I was a younger teenager so I want to talk about those with you because I think it’s nice to take a look back at how much books have played a big part in my time growing up.

  1. Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

I used to love the Rainbow Magic books so much as a kid. I think they just felt familiar to me every time I began a new book in the series. The characters were the same and there was always an adventure in every book. I read them god knows how many times and I actually think I even pretended that I wasn’t feeling very well when I had a ballet lesson once just so I could go home and read the new jumbo book for the Christmas fairy! I’m not sure that the influenced my life or person as such, but I had so many of these books and they were the one series that I kept up with consistently thanks to my parents buying them for me!

2) Several by Cathy Cassidy

It’s hard to name one specific book that I’d say made a big appearance in my childhood by Cathy because I read them all and repeatedly. I can honestly say that I loved all of Cathy’s books that I read, my favourite probably being Sundae Girl. Cathy’s books teach some realistic lessons about life and show that other people have different experiences to ours as children, which I think helped me to become a (hopefully) more understanding and empathetic person.

I still have all of her books, they’re under my bed ready to be added to my bookshelves when I finally move out so I can display them. There’s no way I could get rid of a set of books that I loved so dearly as a child.

3) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

There was no way I was going to be able to write this post without including this series to be honest. I found out about this book through a friend at school who had recently read it. I was 12 and so maybe just a little bit too young for these but I loved them and they gave me and my friends something to bond over.

I did become a bit obsessed with these books and it ended up leading me to my first experience of fan sites for books, one being Fanpop. On there, I used to join in on forums to talk about the Twilight books but this is where my love for Twilight dwindled and big, brighter love came forward for the next series I want to talk about.

4) Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

If you know me, then you know how much I love Harry Potter. Not just ‘oh yeah, it’s a pretty great series’, oh no. I really love the Harry Potter series so much. All of my friends outside of the web know how much I love Potter and I think they even associate Potter with me now.

Harry Potter has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old, so 19 years this year. I didn’t properly read the books until I was about 14 though and let me tell you, best decision ever. Like with Twilight, I got on Fanpop to talk about it with other fans and I just fell completely in love. Harry Potter has definitely changed my life. It’s given me friendship and it’s still such a huge part of my life now. I think it’ll always be a part of me and my life now and I am not complaining about it one bit!

5) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games didn’t play a massive part in my childhood as such, but it did become another series that I was obsessed with. I found about it back in 2010 thanks to Tumblr and asked for them for Christmas. I ended up starting the first book on either Christmas Day or Boxing Day and finished the series around New Years Day. I remember reading them and I just felt like I was there with the characters. Of course, then the movies came out and I still love those. In fact, my Dad and I watched all 4 of them just before Christmas just gone!

My books are quite worn out now but I think that shows how much I loved them.

6) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

This book is more of a honourable mention because I’d say it’s the book that kicked off my journey to becoming the reader that I am today and I did technically read it when I was still in my childhood years? 18 is the age you’re classed as a adult but then you’re also still a teenager. No matter, I’m going to include it here anyway because it really did change my life in the fact that I obviously enjoyed it and proceeded to continue reading more books as a result of it and now here I am, 6 years later, and still reading as much as I can!

Are there any books from your childhood that had a big impact on your life?

Make sure you check out the posts of the other bloggers on this World Book Day blog hop! We have very easily linked our posts together so that you can read them one after the other! If you’d like to start from the top, you can do so by checking out Lorraine’s post at Geeky Galaxy. For the post before mine, make sure to head on over to Nicola’s blog over at Fantastic Book Dragon and for the post after mine, that will be up in just half an hour after this one, head on over to Faye’s blog at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts.


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