For World Book Day I thought it would be fun to look back at the books of my childhood that stand out to me all these years later. I’ve always loved books. I was a bookworm when I was young and reading has always been a joy.
As an only child I always had an overactive imagination so it’s no surprise books have shaped so much of my life and that I’m a writer now!
I remember my cousin handing down books to me from her childhood including the Famous Five series. Although already old-fashioned their adventures were captivating and I always wanted tohave a midnight feast like they did although I was confused as to what ginger beer was that they were always drinking!
It wasn’t only British classics that stood on my bookshelf though, I also loved Anne Of Green Gables and all the Noel Streafield “shoe” books this one being my favourite closely followed by White Boots probably because skating is the only sport I can actually do:
And then there were the boarding school stories! I loved reading these. Although I think I would have hated to actually attend one, the books made them seem full of fun antics and they were books I devoured. My favourite series were:
When I was slightly older I moved onto the Point Horror and Sweet Valley High books. Point Horror was a series of creepy stories that really did scare me at times but probably made me feel really grown up reading them.
I was a huge Sweet Valley fan! I had every book in this series and its many spin-offs. I just loved reading about a workd so different from mine – this sunny Californian life and two such different sisters. I preferred Elizabeth as she was more like me! I actually wish I’d kept these books as I’d love to re-read them. They inspired the first book I ever wrote when I was a teenager too.