World Book Day Celebration: The Books That Shaped My Childhood Years

Happy World Book Day! I hope you are celebrating by reading a book and enjoying this wondrous day!. I’m celebrating at work and then I’m off to a book launch in the evening!

Myself and some other UKYA bloggers have collaborated to bring you a series of blog posts titled ‘The Books That Shaped My Childhood Years’. We are each posting 30 mins – 1 hour after one another and I urge you to go and check them all out!

Also, please go and check out the posts by the lovely Eleanor at CosyBookCorner who posted an amazing post before me, and the wonderful Jane at Books With Jane who will be posting after myself!

The Books That Shaped my Childhood Years

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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This book was one of the first books I ever remember reading and just loving! I think I was introduced to this book when I was 4/5 years old and I just remember thinking that this was just amazing! Also, how greedy was that caterpillar?

The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson

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Jacqueline Wilson was one of my go to authors when I was younger and The Story of Tracy Beaker was my favourite book of hers (and still is!). I just remember being amazed at how feisty Tracy was and I know I was rooting for her all the way! I have reread this book as an adult and I still love it just as much.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

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When I was a child I was teased about my love of books, and it did get me down for a while…until I read Matilda! Reading about this girl who loved books as much as me made me realise that I wasn’t alone, and I still admire this book as a 26 year old.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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Of course I was going to have a Harry Potter book on this list! I was eight when I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for the first time and I believe it was the first ever fantasy novel I had read. I was so in awe of the Wizarding World and wanted to be just like Harry! I went on to read the entire series, and I am actually doing a reread of Harry Potter right now and the nostalgia it is giving me is just amazing!

House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

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When I was in the lower years of secondary school, I’ll admit my love for reading did fade, that’s until I started reading The House of Night Series. I was drawn in by it’s premise and the fact that it was unlike anything else I’d read up to that point. I did get a bit obsessed and was eagerly waiting for each book to be released.

The Morganville Vampires Series by Rachel Caine

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I definitely went through a Vampire phase throughout my teenage years, and I became obsessed with another Vampire YA Series – The Morganville Vampires. I think the covers lured me in the most to be honest.

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

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Yes..Twilight is on here! I started reading the saga when I was 14 and in Year 10 at school and for the next few years I was hooked! You could say my obsession got a bit crazy. I sped through all the books a few times and when the movies came out I did go a bit mad. I was firmly Team Jacob and I had many debates with Team Edward supporters. Looking back I can see why people thought the series was problematic, but it was a huge part of my teenage years.

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