Books from my teenage years

2016

Hello!

I used to love reading, as a child I remember sneaking out of bed after my mum had tucked me in for the night to get a book and read until like 10. My bad sleeping habits started young!

I’m trying to inspire myself to read more at the moment so I thought I’d reflect on some of the books I loved when I was younger, aged about 12 to 16 I’d say.

Maximum Ride (James Patterson) – a series about genetically engineered kids with wings and the adventure that ensues, as someone who’s always been fascinated with flying and imagining the sensation of flying, this series was pretty perfect for me. Last time I went home, I brought the first couple of books home with me so I can reread them before the new webseries comes out.

Skulduggery Pleasant (Derek Landy) – the adventures of the skeleton detective – a theme of fantasy humour is arising here! These books are witty, full of adventure and magic (literally) and I still wish they’d make a film with David Tennant because it would be incredible.

Harry Potter (JK Rowling) – who didn’t love Harry Potter though? Really?

Twilight (Stephanie Meyer) – yes, I went through that phase. Yes, I hate myself.

Gallagher Girls, I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Ally Carter) – this one’s a bit different – I read the first one in school and we used to have these library lessons once every fortnight and we’d have two weeks to read a book but I couldn’t read that fast. I couldn’t finish a book every two weeks so I barely got to finish this book let alone read the rest of the series. It was a really interesting concept but I never got round to reading the rest of the series – maybe I’ll treat myself to buying it if I do get back into reading.

Kiss of Death (Malcolm Rose) – I may have read this in primary school, I can’t remember but I loved this book. It was about the Black Death and it had very interesting parallel timelines and being reminded it exists has made me want to read it again.

0.4 (Mike Lancaster) – This book I found in a warehouse discount book store and then saw full price in W.H.Smith and it made me really happy that I got it really cheap. It’s a book that I could really easily spoil here, but it’s a very interesting concept about the future of the human race. Definitely worth the read if you like sci-fi-esque books!

These last three are my favourite books to date even now.

The Innocent’s Story (Nicky Singer) – this book has such a personal place in my heart because it was the first book that I really loved and really was comfortable saying it’s my favourite book. It’s about a girl and her sister who get caught up in this bomb attack and it’s a very interesting idea about one afterlife theory. 100% would recommend it.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Steven Chbosky) – yeah I know, how stereotypical? I’m naming this book as one of my favourites, is ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ next? (No, but I do love that book). What I love about this book is how much I identify with Charlie – I’ve not had anything as severe as he has happen to him and situationally and even personality wise I’m very different to him, but there are so many aspects of him – primarily the wallflower one – that just made me feel normal and justified how I behave sometimes. I’m very personally attached to this book and I love the writing style of it, it’s so beautifully written.

Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) – and finally, my current favourite book – another stereotypical one I think but not as big as Chbosky’s book because it doesn’t have the film but if they ever make one I’m going to be first in line to play Cather because I’m 90% sure this book is about me. This book, in difference to Perks, is one where I found myself becoming more and more obsessed with the character because I empathise with every single aspect of who she is. I think the point of this is that a lot of girls feel this way and it’s meant to bring people together rather than use continuing to face some of our anxieties alone but I absolutely adore this book with all my heart.

If they ever make a film I want to have some part in it because jesus christ I’m in love.

I hope you enjoyed me talking about the books I loved reading as a kid! Hopefully I will be able to write another book review soon!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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