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Childhood Reading Tag

Hello! I was stood in the kitchen the other day waiting for my pasta to boil, scrolling through my reader on WordPress and I was seeing so many cool, interesting posts people had written about books they’ve read or are reading. It got me thinking about everything I’ve read over the years and I thought of an idea for a tag! I’m not under any illusions that this is going to become a thing. I basically just wanted to do it for myself, but if anyone does want to do it then go ahead I’d love to see what other people read throughout their childhoods!

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First Love – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I’m sure this is one that pretty much everyone can relate too. Harry Potter was one of the first things I read (or had read to me when I was really young) and it’s remained my ultimate favourite ever since. I absolutely love high fantasy in which you can just become completely immersed and forget about any troubles you may have had at school that day or that deadline that’s fast looming over you that you should really be working on instead of reading Harry Potter… Not that I’ve ever done that haha.

I don’t even know what else there is to say about one of the best selling book series’ of all time. I’m sure you all have but if you haven’t read them DO IT! I firmly believe everyone should read these books before they die. Recently my gran told me she hadn’t seen the movies and I could not contain my horror.

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Oldest Reading Memory – The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

These books take me right back to my oldest memories of reading as a child. I don’t think they’re books I would particularly enjoy reading now I’m 20, but back in the day I loved a bit of Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy. The one I remember the most is the “On Kirrin Island Again” book. I think I must’ve read that one over and over again. As much as looking back the characters’ speech is quite comical, I used to get pretty swept up in the drama of these guys’ summer holidays.

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School Reading Memory – The Magic Key by Roderick Hunt

I’m not sure what everyone else read in the early years of school but I know that everyone at my school read a lot of books from The Magic Key series. I didn’t properly decide that English was my favourite subject until the end of secondary school but I definitely remember looking forward to reading what happened next with Biff, Chip and Kipper. This was so long ago I can hardly remember the individual storylines but I guess this series was pretty instrumental in me learning how to read, so deserves a mention in my opinion!

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YA Favourite – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This is another super high fantasy series. I was really invested in the first book, then went on to read Inkspell and the start of Inkdeath. Unfortunately I think Inkdeath was either too advanced or too slow paced for my young mind but I remember absolutely loving Inkheart. A film adaptation was made of the book but unfortunately it wasn’t received very well and the sequel was never made. I’m not sure if it was the budget or just the wrong time, but I think that some amazing films could be made out of these books. Especially given the rise of the internet, fandoms and the popoularity of fantasy series’ like The Hunger Games.

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Guilty Pleasure – My Diary by Liz Rettig

Well I can’t exactly claim that this was academically challenging or anything but I’ll be honest with you, I loved these books. At the end of the day reading is reading and sometimes it’s just fun to read something a bit silly. These books contained the over dramatic internal monologue of Kelly Ann and I lapped up every page until, full disclosure, I was probably too old for it to still be acceptable. Oh well, that’s why it’s a guilty pleasure, not ashamed!

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Honourable Mention – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I can’t finish up this post without mentioning The Chronicles of Narnia. I can’t quite place in my mind what age I was when I started reading these books but I think I was quite young. I remember watching the 1988 BBC TV series with my best friend Megan when we were children and later seeing the movies. As I’ve said previously I love fantasy series’, it seems criminal that I still haven’t read the Lord of the Rings series (I know) but I will get around to it! Obviously when I was younger I never understood the heavy religious themes of the books (Aslan is literally a thinly veiled lion Jesus), but to me Edmund was the original bad ass and he just couldn’t deny himself that turkish delight! A classic.

Well that’s everything from me just now but please do this tag if you enjoyed it! I felt really nostalgic writing it but probably forgot so many things that I read when I was younger.

Until next time,

J x

Update: thought I would tag a few people who’s blogs I’ve been enjoying recently.

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13 thoughts on “Childhood Reading Tag

  1. I am not much of a reader, i prefer watching the movies or series, But i did enjoy chronicles of narnia. It still remains as one of my all time favourites. That was a good read there. Taken me back to my childhood days and all the good memories.

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  2. I used to love reading Enid Blyton. Along with Roald Dahl, I used to read all her stuff. Do you remember the orphan Barney, Snubby, Chewy the dog, Roger and Diana? Which was your favourite Narnia story? My favourite childhood story is The Silver Sword.

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    1. Oh I loved Roald Dahl when I was a kid, my favourite I think was Danny the Champion of the World! I have to admit The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an absolute classic, but I think my second favourite was The Silver Chair, what about you??

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      1. Both of those. I had a soft spot for The Horse and Boy too though I know it’s not the most popular one. Danny iOS great. Probably Fantastic Mr Fox or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Would be nice to visit the Roald Dahl museum sometime.

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  3. Thank you so much for tagging me! I’m so excited to do this ❤ Old books are so bittersweet to me. It's funny, I've never read Harry Potter or even seen the movies…. I do love the idea of fantasy worlds as well though! The Narnia books were my absolute favourites growing up. Oh and by the way, the Lord of the Rings books are good but long! There are so many descriptions of hills and landscapes that drag on for pages haha x

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    1. Mew I will have to stop you right there you have not read or seen Harry Potter?!?!?! For your own sake PLEASE at least watch the movies haha. If you like fantasy im sure you’ll love it!
      LOTR is on my tbr list but definitelt when i have a fair bit of time on my hands haha xx

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      1. I have no idea! I’m such a weirdo! As soon as I get the time I promise I will do a Harry Potter marathon and let you know how it goes ^_^ Hahaha you’ll definitely need some free time for LOTR :’)

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