Just a note: As much as Harry Potter has been a huge, huge part of my childhood, it won’t be shown here because, unfortunately, the author is still an awful person. It’s very sad that it has to be the case – but we can’t pick the authors for the series! But there’s other books on here!
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – If you didn’t think this would be first, you definitely don’t know me and haven’t been reading this blog for long – because of course this would be one of the top!!
I’ve already written a lot about what this book means to me in this post and also here! But I’ll say it again that this book helped me a lot re my ADHD and confidence surrounding that. This series (I feel) has a lot to say about confidence and acceptance and I’m so glad I read the series when I did.
First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton – I read so much Enid Blyton as a kid that I think I sort of started talking in a British accent? Yes, I was extremely weird. But Malory Towers definitely stuck in my heart. I saw myself a lot in the main character, Darrell, and she was one of the first reasons why I wanted to become a writer (she decides to become a writer after she graduates).
Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton – Okay, yes, I’m putting the Famous Five series on here too because it too, was a very formative part of my childhood. I was this very tomboy/not interested in the mainstream things like ‘other girls’, so of course, George was one of the highlights of my childhood.
Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann. M. Martin – I think I started reading this later into my childhood? Who knows? I loved all the Babysitter’s Club stories I could get my hands on! I think I saw myself in Kristy mostly – we’re both boisterous/outspoken, however you want to say it. She was also my favourite character. I loved the Netflix series and they have to tell us what’s going on with the second season!!
Candyfloss by Jacqueline Wilson – I read so so many Jacqueline Wilson books but this one stayed with me the most! Flora has big hair, I have big hair. She’s weird, I’m weird. So, of course, I loved this a lot when I read it. Jacqueline Wilson is such a prolific writer and I think it’s important to let your kids read these types of books and then sit down and explain them and the issues to them.
A lot of other books I used to read constantly throughout my childhood are either written by horrible authors (not that I’m naming names here), or I only read it like once and like the movie (The Golden Compass, have not watched the series yet, yes, I am fully planning on watching it), or it’s been so long ago that I can’t remember much (Chronicles of Narnia).
But there you go! I read a lot of series back in the day – the Sweet Valley books, Famous Five, and the Babysitter’s Club were all read very much out of order, depending on what the library had, so I often had to guess on what happened previously or stuff like that.
What are some books that you enjoyed reading as a kid? Come tell me down below in the comments! Maybe we’ll share some titles!