Thursday Discussions was created by Ally from Ally Writes Things Blog and is a fortnightly meme that suggests a topic to discuss. I’ve seen a few of these posts in the past but have not tried to do one myself yet (until now!). This week’s topic is: Favourite Childhood Books.
I was such a little book nerd as a child. My mother often tells me stories of how I would ‘read’ to her (before I could actually read the words) by making up stories from the images in my picture books. I was a bossy pants, so my word was law haha. There was no convincing me otherwise when I had decided a story went a certain way (despite multiple attempts on my parents’ behalf to inform me of what the story was actually about).
1) Picture books
I remember a few pictures books that I adored when I was younger, mostly from memory. Sadly, we moved around a lot so I don’t have copies of them today but I read them so many times I don’t think I’ll ever forget them. These two come to mind as my go-to favs:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Honestly, if you were brought up in New Zealand or Aussie (I’m not sure how popular it is anywhere else) there is absolutely no way that you haven’t seen, read or heard this story. It’s a classic children’s fav and will never go out of style! I loved reading this as the book had these cute little cut outs where you could play with the sock puppet caterpillar. I was endlessly entertained with this as a child!
The Rainbow Fish
This was the coolest book ever. Hands down. No argument. When we would have reading time during early primary school, I remember this book being the most popular. Kids would literally run to get this thing before anyone else (unless you were a non-fiction nerd and wanted to read Ripley’s Believe it or Not).
I adored this book because of the sparkles, if I’m being honest. Such is my infatuation with all things glittery (Edward Cullen included!). I would always go for this book when given the chance. It’s such a simple story of a fish saving the day, but hey… everyone likes Nemo right? You really can’t go wrong with that premise!
2) Short Novels
Cathy Cassidy – I adored these books (over pretty much any others). She was such an exciting writer. Everything was very fast paced and tropey – practically my dream book haha. My favourite was Dizzy because the MC’s name was Storm. Fun fact – my real name is Storm (Jen is a middle name) so it was always an extra layer of excitement for me. I thought it was the greatest thing ever to finally have someone else with my name! Do you enjoy characters with the same name as you?
Meg Cabot – She is a golden gem who should always be praised for her gloriousness! Seriously, I still read all of her books. The Princess Diaries is great but I also adored the Mediator series (she could see ghosts!) and Jinx. Every single one of her books is a gem to me and I’ll always read and treasure them!
Francine Pascal – I went through a phase of these books. You know the type? Where you start a series and don’t want to read anything else?? The stories were short, intriguing and so much fun! I loved the gossip (I still do!).
Jacqueline Wilson – My Sister Jodie was my favourite book by Wilson. I think I mainly read her books because of the covers – they’re so eye catching and appealing! They always seemed to have such creative, likeable characters as well that I could relate to. I loved her stories!