Hi everybody! Today, I’m super excited to welcome lovely Zoe from No Safer Place to the blog to talk about books which made her a reader. If you’d like to know mine, check back for my post on Saturday!
Now for Zoe’s brilliant post, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading!
BOOKS WHICH MADE ME A READER
I think there are moments in your life where you read a book and they remind you of why you became a reader in the first place. Over the years, I’ve had many moments like this but there are a special few that I will always carry with me. Many of these moments were books I read as a child, these were the ones that ignited my love for reading and would change my life forever.
Aged 6: Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree
This was the first book I remember my mum reading to me as a child, I was extremely young and I remember telling myself that this book would be the first novel I would read independently. Even though I haven’t read this book for many years, me and my mum reread this story so many times, I could even recite it back to you now. I read many of Enid Blyton’s books after this and I realised how much books could make you feel, from a very young age.
Aged 8: Georgia Byng’s Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism
Oh my god. This series was probably my favourite series as a young girl. I remember taking them everywhere with me, to the shop, to school, on holiday. Aged 8 me wanted a black pug because of this book and that is something that has grown with me, all the way to 23. When I was young, I quite clearly adored fantasy and magic, which again, is something 23 year old me still loves.
Aged 10: Jacqueline Wilson’s Love Lessons
I was so in love with this book that aged 10 me went to meet Jacqueline Wilson and she signed my copy of this book. I treasured this book with all my heart and it most definitely prepared me for secondary school, when you hit puberty and “fall in love” with any boy that breathes…including teachers! I still have my battered, well read copy of Love Lessons displayed in my flat proudly, that book definitely changed my reading preferences.
Aged 13: J K Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Of course, my list wouldn’t be complete without including Harry Potter. Obviously, I read the previous books when I was younger but it was this book that changed things for me. JK Rowling’s writing style most definitely got more mature, as the books went on, so I found my reading style did too. It was after reading this, that I took the plunge and started reading adult novels (not that kind!) and my horizons broadened massively. Cue Dracula by Bram Stoker (my favourite book ever written!)
Aged 18: Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season
The Bone Season isn’t strictly just a YA book but this book is what made me start reading YA books, alas allowing me to enter into the world of book blogging. I have expressed to Samantha Shannon on many occassions how much I adore this book and how it inspired me to write my first ever review. Yes, my first review was The Bone Season! (Although, never posted). It was only when the second book, The Mime Order was released that I posted my first ever review on nosaferplace. And yes, I am called nosaferplace because of this book. Go and read it if you want to find out why!
I must say every book I read changes or impacts me in some way, no matter how big or small but these books are definitely the ones that changed me most, as a person and a reader.
What books changed you and why? Let me know in the comments!