I was tagged by Bernadette @ The Bumbling Bookworm to do this tag! You can see her post here.
I was going to do a fancy banner and everything, then realised I had waaaay too much to do.
So you’re just going to have to imagine it.
Without further ado: the top ten books that have stayed with me.
The Harry Potter series by Queen Rowling
Did you really, honestly think that I would make any kind of list without Harry Potter? Obviously you thought wrong. I cannot even describe the influence HP has had on my life. There’s no possible way to over-estimate it. And I think a lot of people have the exact same thoughts as me.
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Another one I’m constantly talking about. His Dark Materials is a series I first read in primary school, and didn’t really understand it. I came back to it and I loved it even more. Seriously phenomenal book.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
This was the first John Green book I read, waaaay back in the beginning of 2012. I loved it so much – it was what really introduced me to YA and made me want to read more of it – before then, I read mostly MG or adult and hadn’t really found the category in between. I love this book to pieces.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Before Looking for Alaska, this was probably the first contemporary YA series I read. It is SO much fun and it’s a pretty nostalgic series, because I read it when I first became a teenager.
The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
Yes, I’m always mentioning this book. YES, it’s worth it. I read this in…year five, I think? So it reminds me a lot of that time. It was one of the first times (I can recall) that I really started questioning who I was in the world, and the meaning of life etc. Yep, I was a philosophical little kid. This book has had a HUGE impact on how I think.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book is haunting. It’s about anorexia and a girl’s battle with it, and it has stayed with me. I only read it this year, but oh my goodness, it is amazing.
Emily of New Moon by L. M. Montgomery
She also wrote Anne of Green Gables. L. M. Montgomery is an author that my mum read a lot of, because she still has a lot of her books. I used to read a lot of them when I was younger – the Emily and Anne books, the Swallows and Amazons books, the Trixie Belden books. They’re all great.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The first Jodi Picoult book I read. It made me want to write contemporary YA (for some strange reason) and it made me want to read more of her work. I did – every single one of hers that was in the school library (probably about ten or so). She’s still one of my favourite authors.
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
One of the books I’d really like to reread. This taught me so much about kindness it’s unbelievable – even though I’m not in the age target, there’s still so much to gain from this book. I cried.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This was one of the first classics I read, after The Great Gatsby (which I hated) and The Catcher in the Rye (which I loved). I don’t like many classics, but this one…I loved this one. And it was so terribly sad, but I still loved it.
So those are some of the books that have stayed with me *is attacked by nostalgia*