Top 8 Favorite Childhood Reads

What better way to get the motivation to read than to remember the beginnings of our reading careers?

Here is a list of books or series that I adored when I was younger. Honestly, I am contemplating picking them up again because they’ll be incredibly quick reads and I know I’ll enjoy them. It’ll be another trip down memory lane…

  1. Let’s go way back, shall we? Does anyone remember the Magic Tree House series with Jack and Annie? I was obsessed with that series in elementary school. Those were the books I hoarded in my book cubby.
  2. Junie B. Jones. Another series I adored in elementary school. I’m pretty sure my favorite was the one about the big, smelly, yellow bus. Ah, the memories…
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia. Specifically, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Gosh, I wished I could actually walk into a wardrobe and end up in another world. Every child’s dream.
  4. A Wrinkle in Time. I just remember there being so many theories on the time travel that occurred…
  5. Charlotte’s Web. Who could forget the lovable piggy, Wilbur?
  6. The Trumpet of the Swan. Ah, E.B. White’s books were the best. Louis is a mute trumpeter swan that can actually play the trumpet. 🎺
  7. Ella Enchanted. It is an interesting, fun story where Ella is forced to be obedient because of a “gift” (curse) bestowed upon her by a ridiculous fairy, but also tells a story relating to feminism.
  8. Bridge to Terabithia. I bet every child wants a magical kingdom to rule over (I actually came up with a magical kingdom of my own at some point, but it only existed in my head). Speaking of, isn’t the 40th Anniversary edition of the cover gorgeous?
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    What were your favorite childhood reads? 

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My Top 10 Favorite Books of 2016

Hi! It is now 2017 (I can’t believe it—the year flew by so quickly), so I thought I’d finally post my top favorite books of 2016 list.

The books on this list were not necessarily published in 2016—these are just the ones I read this year.

Also, this list is in no particular order except for #1, which was obviously my favorite.

1. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

You guys are probably tired of hearing me say how much I love this book, but let me just say it again: I love this book. I love how it combines historical fiction with fantasy. I guess it would be called… Histasy? Okay, that sounds a bit weird. 😛 I love how this book has demon hunters, like Cassandra Clare’s books. I loved the writing style of this book. What more can I possibly say?

2. The Archived by Victoria Schwab 

At some point during the year, I was in a major Victoria Schwab/V.E Schwab kick. And The Archived was what started it all. The story was unlike anything I had heard of! It was completely unique, and I appreciated that a lot.

3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 

I loved the writing. Simple, yet complex. Perhaps it was a bit hard to get into at first, but when I really started getting into the book, I couldn’t stop reading. I was absorbed in the story and the characters. The world building was great, and I love how there were 4 different Londons.

4. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

As you guys should probably know by now, I love Cassandra Clare’s books. Her writing has become better and better with each new series, and Lady Midnight was the best yet. I felt like I waited for ever for it to come out, and definitely wasn’t disappointed. Now, I have to wait for the next book in the series! 😭

5. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier 

It was the perfect psychological thriller. Chilling and unnerving, I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to get to the next scene or conflict. Also—what a family. Wow. And that twist. I had no idea (well, maybe some; it was a sneaking suspicion).

6. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff  

It was amazing. While The Archived was unique in its content, Illuminae was incredibly unique in its style—and the content was pretty unique, too. The whole entire book was told through emails, messages, documents, diagrams, among many other things. You should definitely check it out. It was quite an experience.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes 

I was so touched by this book. It made me cry so much. I have no words.

8. My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows

This book was hilarious! I loved how they followed history at first, then completely threw it out the window. I learned a bit about England’s history, though a lot of it was… skewed in this book, to say the least. And I adored the authors’ commentary in parts of the story. I couldn’t stop laughing. They made me smile. 🙂 Plus, the writing really blended together well, almost to the point that I practically couldn’t tell the book was written by three different authors.

9. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Let me start with this: The world building was incredible. The characters development was wonderful. And, there was no romance. In a YA book. That’s almost unheard of. This book was so fantastic I can’t even describe it.

10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

This is a graphic novel. It’s a big deal that a graphic novel made its way on to this list because though I love a lot of mangas, they don’t usually make it to my top list. This graphic novel’s story was fun, very fascinating, and was actually quite dark. At first glance you think it would just be a fun action/adventure graphic novel where an orphan teams up with a villain, but it’s not. It’s so much deeper than that. I definitely suggest you guys to pick up this graphic novel.

So, that’s my list!

2016 was a pretty good reading year (perhaps not my best, but definitely not my worst). I read some pretty good books in that year. Hopefully 2017 turns out to be even better (in terms of reading, but also in terms of life in general)! 😊😊😊