I am taking this week to talk not directly about writing, but about books! Of course, the books we read and love shape who we are as writers, so it’s still relevant in a sense.
The reason I’ve chosen to talk about books from my childhood is because today is my birthday! I turn 26 today, and so it seems like a perfect time to reflect on my childhood favourites.
Don’t forget to let me know your faves at the end of this post!
1. The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
I’m not sure many 26 year old book worms will have a list that doesn’t include Harry Potter. I fell in love with the Harry Potter books in the late 90s and am so grateful to have been part of the generation that grew up waiting for the new books to be released. These books were and are simply perfect; magic, fantasy, friendship, adventure, humour, morals…and what I love is, as I’ve re-read them over the years (many, many times) I have gained more and more insight every time.
2. Matilda – Roald Dahl
A book about a book worm! Roald Dahl stories were read to us in primary school and many are firm favourites. But Matilda is number one for me. I love this story about an intelligent, feisty young girl who fights back against her awful family and headteacher with wit, defiance and magic.
3. Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
I always loved every Peter Pan inspired story. The Disney adaptation, pantomimes, plays…the book has inspired so many art forms and for me, the story fills me with wonder. It is emotional at times, with an underlying sadness to the excitement and adventure, but I think that helps make it the perfect children’s story.
4. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
This one is more for teenage me, than childhood me. I studied The Catcher in the Rye when I was 15/16 and I loved the book. I was completely fascinated by Holden’s story and Salinger’s writing style was one I’d not really come across until this. He gave Holden a truly unique voice that makes you feel as though you’ve been sat down by him while he tells you about his life.
Next week, I will be back with more writing advice, but for now I am off to celebrate my birthday!
Please comment below with your favourite childhood stories; I’d love to know more about you all!
Have a wonderful Sunday,
and keep writing (and reading!),