General bookish fun, World Book Day

World Book Day Celebration: The Books That Shaped my Childhood Years

Happy World Book Day!

I’ve teamed up with a group of amazing bloggers to talk about the books that shaped our childhoods to celebrate World Book Day. Huge thank you to Beth for organizing and Charlotte for the incredible graphics! If you haven’t read the previous post yet, you can find it over on Bec’s blog right now! I’ve had so much fun participating in this series.

Happy reading!

The obvious choice here is Harry Potter, and while it’s true, I thought I would use this post to talk about other books that shaped my childhood instead.


wp-1583412106398.jpgHis Dark Materials by Philip Pullman:

I can’t remember what I did yesterday but I do remember the moment a copy of Northern Lights was placed in my hands by a teaching assistant at my secondary school. I think they were trying to get me to read something, anything that wasn’t Harry Potter for once. I took it and left it in a drawer forgotten for two weeks until they asked if I had read it. I hadn’t because I didn’t think it had anything to offer me, how could anything even come close to Potter? I caved and internally laughing, fully expecting to return it half read I gave it a go. It turns out I was wrong, I fell in love within the first few chapters, by the end I was practically begging my mum for the second book. His Dark Materials massively shaped my childhood, opening my eyes to all the wonderful worlds just waiting to be found.

wp-1583411925464.jpgThe Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini:

If I remember correctly, I found this series a year or so after reading His Dark Materials. I received the first two books as Christmas presents from my mum and immediately devoured them. There isn’t really much of a story to this one, when I sat down to write this post, The Inheritance Cycle popped into my head. I do think this series was the one where I became a fully fledged book dragon, tearing through any and every book that was put in front of me.

If you would like to read more, head over to Vicky’s blog at 2PM for the next post!


I hope you enjoyed reading this. Which books shaped your childhood? Let me know in the comments!



4 thoughts on “World Book Day Celebration: The Books That Shaped my Childhood Years”

  1. Northern Lights was the first book I remember putting on my bedside table to only pick it up again 30 seconds later because I couldn’t stop reading it. I love that book and the trilogy is still one of my all-time favourite fantasy series. It was one of the only book series I had for me as well because my sister and I used to share a book collection and there was no way she was going to read it!


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