14 October 2012

Kids books I've read that I loved!

Tonight I'm posting something quite different to my normal run of the mill stuff. I've decided to share with you all a few books that I read during my early teens to late that have always stuck with me. Besides my interest in fashion and beauty bits and bobs another passion of mine is reading, I adore books. These books are some of my favourites that I have EVER read which is a bold statement for me to make as I've read so many books throughout my life. I feel that no matter how old you get once you find a great book you will always remember the story and remember why you loved it so much, no matter what age it is targeted at.

I must add that I've read many other 'younger' targeted books over the years that I have enjoyed but when I originally thought about this post the four titles I've featured were the ones I wanted to share the most.

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I have all of these books back at home folks, however as I'm at university away from home none of them are here for me to have taken pictures of I'm afraid.

How could I not do a post on children’s books without featuring Harry Potter by J K Rowling, I literally grew up with that boy! I first remember reading The Philosophers Stone back when I was in year 7 at school in my English lesson, I was captivated! Ever since that English class all of those years ago I have never looked back where the Harry Potter series was concerned, I adore them and if I EVER have children I will pass them down. I think the Harry Potter series changed the view of many youngsters regarding reading, for the better...maybe magic was involved.

The second set of books I have listed is His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. I can't quite remember how old I was when I read these, maybe 14 or 15 but I remember whilst reading them that I wanted my own dæmon...I always wondered what mine would be. For those that have not read this series I urge you to give it a go, no matter how old you are. They are fantastic in so many ways, quite emotional in parts too.

The next series is The Saga of Darren Shan by ...Darren Shan. This series is about a young boy who is turned into a vampire, but PLEASE do not let vampire put you off, these came out long before the Twilight series and everything else that followed. The Darren Shan Vampire series is one of the best I have ever read, I cannot recommend it enough. This was made into a movie which for me totally wrecked the intense story that Darren Shan created, I think that for the movie it could have easily have been a very dark tale indeed....shame it was made for kids!

Lastly is a series that I have never really heard or seen mentioned much before. The Bartimaues Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud for me is perhaps a little too 'complicated' for younger readers, but that is just my opinion. Setting that aside it is just a fabulous series that completely got me hooked! It is full of wit and humour and memorable characters, particularly Bartimaeus! I remember reading the last book in the series all those years ago and once I realised what had just happened I was amazed, the feelings I felt having read what I had really struck something inside of me. This rarely happens with me with books; it takes something special of which the Bartimaeus Trilogy completely offered to me.
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  1. I LOVED the Darren Shan books, absolutely brilliant. I actually met Darren Shan and it was absolutely amazing. He's so cool and signed The Cirque Du Freak for me :D xx

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    1. He went to my old Primary school the year after I left and signed my brothers 'Cirque du Freak' too! :)

      xx

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  2. I really want to read His Dark Materials series, it never appealed to me as a child/teen but now I'm intrigued! xx

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    1. I bet you could pick it up really cheap now :) xx

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  3. Well of course HP had to feature - who didn't read that series?! I bought HDM when I was younger, read the first one then got distracted by other books. Since then I've lost 2 of them - I can only find the Subtle Knife. Ill need to replace them as I'd love to read them! My friend was obsessed with the Darren Shan books so I've read a few and they are really good too - I think he has written some ' older reader' books too!
    One book series from my teens that I still adore is the Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Renninson - literally laugh out loud material!
    This was a really interesting post, I enjoyed that trip down memory lane - I really want to reread some old books now! Hehe xo

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    1. Yes yes!! Georgia Nicholson books are hilarious! I've laughed aloud on the train reading those! (Hard not to really! Lol)
      I've got really into the Pwrcy Jackson books recently. I've read all the first series and now into the second series - the newest one came out this month and I'm saving it for my kindle when I go on a short breakneck week :)

      Jenni x

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    2. Darren Shan has a few series on the go, a demon one which I did read but wasn't that struck on as well as a new series. He has written adults ones too, I read 'Procession of the dead' by him :)

      My sister had the Georgia Nicolson ones, I remember having a quick read and they were quite funny :)

      I'm glad you liked my post, thank you! xx

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  4. I absolutely loved ALL of these books (apart from the bottom right ones) they were all amazing! I've just finished reading His Dark Materials Trilogy for the second time and I loved it. I feel like I could go on reading these books and still enjoy them because their part of my childhood. You really did pick some good 'uns :-) I also grew up with the Harry Potter books and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way xo

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    1. Thanks Elle! :)

      I quite fancy reading all of these again after making this post haha! :) xx

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  5. Can you believe I still haven't read any of the Harry Potter books, I must be the only person on the planet!!!
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo
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    1. Oh wow, I think you should ask for them for christmas! :)

      Thanks for stopping by! :) xx

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  6. Great idea for a post, I tutor children in English so am always looking out for good younger people's books. I love reading children's/young adult books and have so many I always go back to, including the old classics as well as HP :)

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    1. Thanks Catherine :)
      There are sooo many books out now, I wish I was a kid again! xx

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  7. I personally think that kids' books are always great. There’s this feeling that you're going back to your childhood days every time you read a children’s book. And they’re full of good morals too! I mean, who would say no to Harry Potter? :)

    Regards,
    Neil

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    1. I couldn't agree more Neil! :)

      Some of my favourite books even now are childrens :)

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