I’ve always been a bit of a book worm ever since I can remember, I love reading and although I don’t have a tonne of time for it now I still think there is nothing better than curling up with a good book. Below are some of my favourite books I can remember reading when I was younger.
If the formatting is slightly off here then apologies- I’m on holiday at time of writing this so using my phone to write (because I’m unorganised and didn’t draft before I flew out).
A Book of Five Minute Teddy Bears Tales
I remember this being one of the first books I ever read (along with another book mentioned later in this list!), I actually think I may still have this somewhere but it probably looks a little worse for wear. There were some super cute stories in this but I remember my favourite being about a little bear lighting a fire on a cold winters night, it always made me feel so cozy!
My Sister Jodie by Jaqueline Wilson
This was one of my favourite books by Jaqueline Wilson, it was aimed towards older kids so I think I was about 11/12 when I read this but I loved it and I’ll still read it every now and again. It’s about a young girl who moves to boarding school with her family, her Mum becomes the head chef and her Dad works there as a caretaker, her older sister (Jodie) gets into a bit of trouble and things become pretty heartwrenching. Pretty sure I cried when I finished this for the first time.
Cookie by Jaqueline Wilson
Another Jaqueline Wilson favourite, again this was aimed more at the older children because it covered topics such as domestic abuse and I remember reading this when I moved into Middle School so I was probably around 10/11. I loved this book, and still kinda do. It’s about a girl who seemingly has the perfect life with her Mum and Dad in a lovely home but there is something not quite right with her Dad, in the end her and her Mum run away together to be by the seaside (I don’t know if Jaqueline Wilson based the seaside in this book on real life but it sounds bloody lovely!).
Losa Rose by Jaqueline Wilson
This was another favourite by Jaqueline Wilson (I was a big fan can you tell?), which followed a girl, her mother and her younger brother who take new identities after they win the lottery to escape from their father. Again I feel this was aimed at older readers as it dealt with some serious topics so I was probably about 10-13 when I read this, but it was one I read over and over again.
Jacky Daydream by Jaqueline Wilson
The last Jacqueline Wilson I promise- this is slightly different as this is actually her biography. This is the only autobiography I’ve ever read, and as a rule, I don’t tend to enjoy them but this one was written for a younger audience so was actually very enjoyable and easy to read. It made for an interesting read and you can definitely see how she became an author with an imagination like that as a kid!
The Drive (no idea who wrote this!)
I had to include this although I actually have no idea who wrote this but it was one of the first books I remember reading as a kid. It was aimed at young children and was more like a picture book so didn’t have much of a story line but it was about a kid who went on a drive with his mum and dad (exciting stuff I know).
Horrible Histories by Terry Deary (CD’s- retro audiobook style!)
This was my audiobook/podcast as a child- you know the free Horrible Histories CD’s you got with Kellogs cereal? Those were the bomb, I used to fall asleep to one every single night. I’ve always loved history and I think this was one of the reasons why, they were super funny and so much fun to listen to so actually you almost had no idea you were learning stuff at the same time. I wish they still made these!
Heidi by Joanna Spyri
This is probably the only ‘classical’ book I really enjoyed, I have no idea why I started to read this but I’m so glad I did. It’s such a lovely book and follows a girl who goes to live with her grandfather in the alps, I just love how everything is described in this book, the beautiful alps, the coziness of her grandfathers cabin and that melted cheese/bread they snack on; it just makes you want to go and visit!
The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
As you can probably tell from the mass of Jacqueline Wilson books above, I loved girly books so The Series of Unfortunate wasn’t a typical read for me but I loved every single book in the series. These were so good and I’m pretty sure they were a staple read in most kids life. If, for some reason, you didn’t read these, they followed 3 orphaned siblings trying to find a safe house all while their evil Uncle tried to kill them off to steal their vast fortune. I was honestly gutted when I finished the last book!
Malory Towers by Enid Blyton
So this one was a recommendation from my Mum because she loved this book as a child too. These were published first in the 1940’s so they are a bit old-fashioned in the way they’re worded but still make for a lovely read.
Did you read any of these books as a kid?