Welcome back to part 2 of my favourite childhood books. As always, I’d love to hear about your favourites in the comments down below!
- The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
Now that it’s October, I feel it’s perfectly acceptable to start mentioning the C-word again. So, naturally, number one on the list has to be a Christmas book. I read this book every single Christmas period (along with A Christmas Carol – another one of my faves!) It’s a heart-warming, easy read and I love that Richard wrote the book, not intending to become well-known for it, but to read to his children!
2. The Twins at St. Clare’s by Enid Blyton
The first Enid Blyton novel to feature on this list (but not the last!) As a child, I was obsessed with reading books about boarding schools (although my opinion on them has definitely changed since I was a child haha),and Pat and Isabel’s adventures were definitely relatable whilst I was at school!
3. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I only read this book once I had watched the film innumerable times. This was one of those books that I used all my pocket money for ordering from the Scholastic book magazine. Something that I never realised whilst reading it as a child was that it’s actually a retelling of Cinderella and how we now have an understanding of and reasons for Cinderella’s “meek” behaviour!
4. Animal Ark book series by Ben M. Baglio
Apparently there’s 94 books in this book collection and, even though I did love reading as a child (and still do), I’m pretty sure I didn’t quite manage to read them all. Some of my particular favourites were “Puppies in the Pantry”, “Dolphin in the Deep” and “Porpoise in the Pool”. I honestly could not tell you why those three were my favourite’s… The majority of the stories follow Mandy Hope and her parent’s vet practice, which definitely made me want to become a vet when I was younger (a dream which lasted all of five minutes haha).
5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I feel like this was my first foray into Victorian literature as a child, not knowing that Victorian literature would soon become a huge obsession of mine! There are so many different ways that you can read Alice in Wonderland and different types of symbolism and allegories you can pick up on and I think, for me, that’s what makes it so interesting and captivating.
6. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
Although I loved this book, I never actually managed to read the rest of the books in the Wolves Chronicles. Bonnie and Sylvia were my favourite duo and I loved the contrast between the two of them. Personally, I wouldn’t count this as just a children’s book; I think the story still resonates today and would have no trouble captivating adults. I’m hoping to re-read the story soon!
7. The Wishing Chair collection by Enid Blyton
If I had to pass any of these books onto my future children to read, this would be it! Although I love the Magic Faraway Tree collection as well, the Wishing Chair series was always my favourite. I admire Enid Blyton’s imagination and creativity; these books truly filled me with wonder as a child.
8. Malory Towers collection by Enid Blyton
Another of my favourite series by Enid Blyton. Another of my favourite book series about boarding school adventures! I read these books before I read Harry Potter but I think the Malory Towers series really set me up for reading about Hogwarts. Firstly, the girls travel to school by train, they get sorted into one of four houses and then spend the whole term making friends and enemies. My description of the book makes it seem quite dull (for that, I apologise. It’s really not dull), but there’s definitely something amusing about posh kids being mean to each other and posh kids being mean to the teachers haha! It was definitely a world away from the kind of school I went to…
9. Princess School series by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines-Stephens
As a child I loved Disney (particularly Disney princesses) and, judging by these book choices, I clearly loved reading about boarding schools. So what better combination than these books by Jane B. Mason and Sarah Hines-Stephens! The books feature Ella (Cinderella), Snow (White), Rapunzel and Rose (Sleeping Beauty) as they make their way through school alongside evil stepmothers and glamorous balls!
10. The Worst Witch book series by Jill Murphy
Now combine any of the Enid Blyton boarding school novels with a bit of magic and you get the Worst Witch book series! There’s clearly a theme for the kind of books I loved as a child… The Worst Witch follows Mildred Hubble, a witch who attends Miss Cackle’s Academy and, unfortunately, she’s just not that great at it. The books aren’t comparable to the Harry Potter series; these are definitely a much younger read with lighter storylines, but they’re still perfectly amazing and engaging!
Please let me know if you liked my “favourite childhood books” series. It’s seriously made me want to re-read all these books!
Thanks for reading