Today I have reached something of a milestone…I am 30 years old! So I thought it would be a good idea to look back at some of my favourite books, the books I loved as a child and books that remind me of particular points in my reading and blogging life!
1 Old Bear by Jane Hissey – I loved Jane Hissey’s Old Bear stories as a child, particularly the beautiful illustrations. I also liked the resemblance of the rabbit to my own treasured childhood toy.
2 The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter – I owned numerous Beatrix Potter stories growing up but this was always one of my favourites, I loved the idea of the little mice sewing the elaborate clothing!
3 The Stray by Dick King-Smith – I recall picking up a copy of The Stray from a school book fair. I was drawn to the cover art as it featured a dog, and was drawn in by this charming story featuring the wonderfully named Henrietta Hickathrift.
4 Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl – My favourite of Roald Dahl’s treasured children’s stories, I always looked out to the garden in the hope that Mr Fox and friends would arrive to stock up on their food!
5 The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy – Before I was transported to Hogwarts, I was transported to Miss Cackles Academy in this series by Jill Murphy which I adored!
6 Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J. K. Rowling – No list of books significant to me would be complete without this first outing from the boy wizard. I was captivated by this book, and this magical world, and am a big fan and collector of this series to this day.
7 The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline Wilson – I was a big fan of Jacqueline Wilson growing up, and would always pick up her latest books with my pocket money. This one, in which each of a mother’s tattoos tells a story, was one of my favourites which I returned to again and again
8 Girls In Love by Jacqueline Wilson – Another Jacqueline Wilson book that I read in my teens was Girls In Love, a coming of age story with relatable characters.
9 Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison – I remember enjoying the confessions of Georgia Nicolson in this humorous coming of age story.
10 The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks – This surreal novel was one I studied for my A Levels, and one that I always remember. I have read hundreds of books since this one, but there are passages in this book that will always stay with me!
11 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Another book that can be considered a modern classic that I enjoyed, and one that is particularly poignant given the life of its author.
12 The Help by Kathryn Stockett – For a few years after my studies, I didn’t read as much as I did through my childhood and teen years. The Help was the book that helped rekindle my love of reading when I took it on holiday to Madeira with me!
13 One Day by David Nicholls – Another book which made its way with me to Madeira, the moving One Day. This also brings back memories of a trip to Edinburgh in which I replicated the characters’ journey to Arthur’s Seat – only to discover it was a little more challenging than the ‘little hill’ I thought it was!
14 All Involved by Ryan Gattis – The visceral All Involved was a book like nothing I had ever read before back in 2015, and this was the first book review I featured on my blog!
15 Landfalls by Naomi Williams – As a blogger, I have had the privilege of receiving review copies of books and am so grateful for this opportunity. Landfalls was the first review copy of a book I was ever sent, and I was so excited about it!
16 Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson – I love Ragnar Jonasson’s Dark Iceland series, so was ecstatic to find one of my reviews of the series was quoted in Rupture!
17 Dodge And Burn by Seraphina Madsen – In recent years I have looked to back independent publishers and authors where possible. This included the Kickstarter for Dodo Ink with Dodge And Burn, the story of a psychedelic road trip, being the first of their launch titles.
18 Fingers In The Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham – I’m not a big reader of non-fiction, but Chris Packham’s memoir was one that I found engaging. I was also excited when Chris acknowledged the review on twitter, and it became one of my most viewed book reviews.
19 A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – This Man Booker prize nominated novel was a huge, harrowing read but one that I devoured within a few days, and one that really stayed with me!
20 Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor – Another Booker Prize nominee, and from a local author! Reservoir 13 was one of my favourite reads of 2017, and I felt privileged to have had the chance to attend its launch.
21 Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume – As mentioned with The Stray I am drawn to any book with a dog on the cover, and Sara Baume’s poignant story of a man and his dog through the seasons was one I adored.
22 How To Stop Time by Matt Haig – Another favourite book from 2017 was the latest novel by Matt Haig, an author who I find to be inspirational who captures human emotions and intricacies beautifully.
23 Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – A masterclass in historical fiction, with a turn of events that left me genuinely surprised and hooked!
24 Beartown by Fredrik Backman – In addition to reading, I am a big fan of ice hockey, so I was keen to pick up a copy of Fredrik Backman’s novel (known as The Scandal in the UK) due to it involving a hockey team in some way!
25 The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – Another historical fiction favourite of mine, I adored Jessie Burton’s debut. In fact, I made a special trip to the Rijksmuseum on a trip to Amsterdam in 2015, to get a glimpse of Nella’s dollhouse in the flesh.
26 The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – A classic novel and a haunting read. I was lucky enough to get the chance to meet Margaret in Nottingham at an event for The Heart Goes Last, and I was star struck to say the least!
27 To The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey – I love Eowyn Ivey’s writing and the way in which it captures the landscape perfectly and Bright Edge is a favourite of mine with its story of love and exploration.
28 Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – One of my all time favourites, Burial Rites is a wonderfully written book that transports the reader to Iceland, and to a condemned woman. I have shed more tears over this book than any other!
29 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – A book that needs little introduction, and an all time favourite of mine. It also features one of my favourite quotes from literature – ‘I am no bird, and no net ensnares me…’
30 Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Another classic book that had me captivated, that will always be a favourite of mine. It has also reached a milestone this year alongside me!
So there we have my 30 books for 30 years! Let me know what you think, and if you spot any of your favourites here!