Tag Archives: Jacqueline Wilson

Children’s​ Books- My Childhood Favourites!

I was having a think about the books I read while I was growing up, the books that had a big impact on me not only as a reader but as a young girl growing up in Britain.

I know when people mention their favourite children’s books Harry Potter is often at the top of their list  but there will be no Harry Potter mentions here. Although the Harry Potter books were being released throughout my childhood I didn’t read them until last year! So that’s me, putting Harry Potter to bed… at least for the remainder of this post.

ron weasley.gif 2

What we love has children can have an impact on us for our whole lives, from music to film and everything in between youth is an impressionable time. Now I want to share with you my childhood favourites, the books I loved, the books that started off my never ending TBR pile, the books that started it all…

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Alice in wonderland

I have a life-long love for Alice and her adventures, that curious little girl who fell down a rabbit whole as stayed with me and I’m always finding new Alice re-tellings to delve into Splintered by A.G Howard being one of my favourites.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine

Goosebumps 1.jpg 2 Goosebumps 1.jpg 4 Goosebumps 1.jpg 5

Even now I love a creepy read and I’m sure Goosebumps was where it all began, spooky, spine-tingling reads and I’m sure the cause of some rather creepy nightmares.

Jacqueline Wilson Books

the suitcase kid girls in love

I adored Jacoline Wilson growing up, from Tracey Beaker to The Suitcase Kid Jacqueline Wilson writes great stories that also show children a world, or a situation that they may not have understood before. At the same time her books are relatable and full of great characters and hard-hitting drama.

Nobody’s Horse by Joanne Webster

nh

When I was growing up I was lucky to have a mother who was also I reader and I constantly searched her book shelves looking for some hidden gem. Nobody’s Horse was one of those gems, the story of a horse with no one to love and care for it. As a little girl who loved horses I read everything with a horse or pony on the cover  but Nobody’s horse was definitely a special read and I read that book cover to cover until the cover fell off and the pages were held together by nothing but tape.

The Beatrix Potter Stories

Peter Benj Jem

Beatrix Potter was such an interesting woman to be a writer and an illustrator in the time she lived was amazing for a woman of her era but she also did a great deal with the money from her books for conservation and the protection of British countryside. Her beautiful books were a childhood staple for me, I was fascinated and thrilled by the tales of Peter Rabbit and her other characters.

Ten Week Stables

ten (2)

Another of my Mums old books, ten-week stables was another horsey adventure and is the type of story that makes any young child  think that anything is possible.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

black beauty

Another horsey book I know, but Black Beauty is such a classic, voiced by Beauty himself this unique narrative follows Black Beauty throughout his life. From when he leaves his home and mother and moves to his new home with his first owner. Each time Beauty is sold he gets a new life and sometimes not for the better. The story teaches children that not all humans are kind but when they are they can give love beyond measure, a beautiful tale of love and friendship.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

twas the night

There was always something so magical about this lyrical christmas story, when I hear lines from the famous poem now I am filled with nostalgia from Christmas’ gone, a book to read in a magical time of year.

I hope you enjoyed my Favourite Childrens Books post, what are your favourite books from your childhood? Let me know in the comments, happy reading everyone!

tumblr_ob6lkg6JiU1uct1oco1_250.gif

Come Find Me

Twitter

Facebook

Goodreads

Watt Pad

Soundtrack To My Life – Book Tag

I saw this Tag on The Books out Loud and thought it looked like a lot of fun so although I haven’t been tagged I couldn’t resist getting involved.

Opening Credits: favourite childhood book:

I read a lot of Jacqueline Wilson as a child some of my favorites were The Suitcase Kid, The Lottie Project and girls in Girls in Love.

the lottie project  girls in love

Waking up: A book that got you out of a reading slump:

I do go through reading slumps now and again and I usually find a guilty pleasure young adult novel does the trick. Existence by Abbi Glines got me out of one hell of a reading slump!

School: A book that you ended up reading for school and ended up loving it:

Anything by William Shakespeare – studying Shakespeare at school lead me to a life long love with the Bard and his plays but at school I particularly enjoyed Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night.

Twelfth Night romeo and juliet

Falling In Love: An author you love so much you want to read all of their books:

I actually don’t read books based on author, it’s all about the story for me and what I think sounds interesting.

Fight: Book with the best action sequences:

I read The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell last year a historical fiction series about Vikings and Danes and the formation of England as we know it. As well as being completely gripping it has some great battle scenes that really draw you in to the time that is being written about.

last kingdom

Break up: A book or series you didn’t finish and do not intend to finish:

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gainman I know people love this book but it lost me about 3/4 of the way through and I put it down and have never had the will to pick it back up.

Hanging with friends: A book that you think everyone should read:

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern.

p.s I love you

Breakdown: Book that seriously affected you or had you crying your eyes out:

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes I adore this book I read it in a day and sobbed while reading it. I can’t wait for the film adaptation to come out later this year.

lou and will 2

Road Trip: Your favorite series (more than 3 books):

I don’t like to be obvious and say Harry Potter but Harry Potter also Saga, The Infernal Devices, Outlander.

saga vol 2 dragonfly in amber harry potter

Flashback: Your favorite book from 5 years ago:

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer

the office us

Getting Back Together: A book you can’t stop rereading:

I’m not a massive re-reader if I do it is my absolute faves, so the likes of Summer in February by Jonathan Smith or The Host by Stephanie Meyer.

Moment of Triumph: Longest book you’ve ever read:

Easily Anna Karenina, read it a couple of years ago and I think the only things that have come close are Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Outlander.

o3

Death Scene: Book or series you wish had ended differently:

Brooklyn- I really enjoyed this book and really empathized with the character and what she was going through but the ending (ahhh the ending!!) To read my full review  on Brooklyn click the link.

Brooklyn 7

Funeral: Book with the best or worst epilogue: 

I can’t actually think of any particularly outstanding epilogues right now …

End Credits: Who do you tag?

Because I wasn’t tagged for the post I’m just going to tag all of you- all of you who are reading this.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the soundtrack to my life book tag!

Happy reading everyone!

oona chaplin