The Books That Made Me [World Book Day]

I love World Book Day. It’s a whole day of celebrating books and how wonderful they are. World Book Day always felt special because some years it landed on my birthday. I remember great days at school, getting to be surrounded by books all day, doing book things.

For this year’s World Book Day, I thought I’d put together a list of books that made me.

Sophie’s Snail and others by Dick King Smith

When you’re young (and even now) there’s nothing better than finding a character with the same name as you in a book. I loved the Sophie books, with the determined Sophie, who wants nothing more than to be a farmer.

Animal Ark Series by Lucy Daniels

I adored Animal Ark. My disappointment when I learned years down the line that Lucy Daniels didn’t really exist was huge. I had over fifty of these books and devoured each one, despite the formulaic plot lines. I loved the safety of these and fell in love with the characters (I still remember fondly Lucy Hope, the vet’s daughter, and James Hunter, her best friend).

Anne of Green Gables (and series) by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The story of orphan Anne is enchanting and a classic that I loved -and is due a reread! I read my way through most of the series, following Anne as she grew older.

The Phoenix and the Carpet and Five Children and It by E Nesbit

There was a TV series of the Phoenix and the Carpet on Sunday evenings when I was younger and I loved it. I loved reading E. Nesbit’s wonderful and magical worlds.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

This list wouldn’t be complete without this series. These books changed my life. I was an avid book worm before this series, but Harry Potter opened up a whole other world to me and has changed my life completely.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Another life changing book – and another literary obsession. I read this when I was thirteen and the haunting prose and the gripping twists and turns of the story made sure that I would never forget the effect it had on me.

Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights by Charlotte and Emily Bronte respectively

I was probably a little bit too young to understand these completely when I did first read them, but I remember being enchanted by the writing and they opened up new worlds to me.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

My enduring memory of these is listening to my Dad read them aloud to me. I remember the way that the words sounded and the enchantment of that snowy forest.

The Famous Five, Malory Towers, and St Clares by Enid Blyton

I spent many an afternoon curled up reading (and rereading) these stories. I loved the characters and the worlds they threw me into, and I always wanted to be a part of them. Perfect escapism.

That’s it!

What are the books that made you?

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