In my family home, we have all of my sisters and I's childhood books displayed in shelves. And every time I walk past them I can't help but want to pick them up and read them again. When I was younger I read constantly and my head was rarely out of a book so I made my way through plenty of cult children's books. And I'm excited to share some of my most loved in today's post.
BFG - ROALD DAHL: Anything by Roald Dahl is a firm favourite of mine as whatever world he created it was always so magical and there was always an incredible moral behind the stories. Reading them as a child I mainly focused on the funny little characters that we're always a fail safe part of his books. But when looking back on them as an adult you really understand the important life lessons that he always included. And of course, the awesome illustrations from Quentin Blake throughout the books made the story come to life even more.
GIRLS OUT LATE - JACQUELINE WILSON: Looking back on the majority Jacqueline Wilson books. I think it's incredible that she wrote about such unspoken issues in childhood like adoption and foster homes. And in the era that the books were written they were topics that were rarely ever discussed. Her "girls" series was my favourite by far as I read them when I was a teenager and she wrote about such prevalent issues like eating disorders, bullying, boys and the woes of female friendships.
THE HOBBIT - J.R.R TOLKIEN: I don't think The Hobbit is really a childhood book but it was the first ever novel I read so it will always hold a special place in my heart. It follows Bilbo, a young hobbit and a true homebody who goes on a wild adventure to win a share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. The world that Tolkien created was incredibly fascinating and full of so many intricate details. That it's hard not to fall in love with the story of The Hobbit.
HARRY POTTER SERIES - J.K ROWLING: Like most children in the 90's I grew up as the Harry Potter books were being released and I still remember going to Tesco at midnight waiting for them to go on sale. It doesn't matter how many times I've read them the story doesn't lose any of the initial magic and somehow it's still possible to find a little twist in the plot that you've never noticed before. I don't think there is an age range that doesn't love Harry Potter as there are elements in the story that can appeal to anyone, no matter what stage they're at in life.
SHOPAHOLIC SERIES - SOPHIE KINSELLA: The Shopaholic series was my first ever venture into what most would consider 'chick lit'. And they're still one of my favourite book sets to binge read today. If you're someone who loves shopping in any way then I think we can all relate to Rebecca Bloomwood at some point. I don't think the film adaptation of the cult book did it any justice at all. Rebecca's character went much farther than her love for shopping and chasing Luke around and it was sad to see that they didn't portray that at all.