Top Ten Picks: Books That Made You Discover Your Love For Reading

Top Ten Picks is a weekly meme byJillian about your top 10 picks! Each week, there will be a different theme and this weeks theme is 'books that made you discover your love for reading'. So here are my top 10 books that made me love reading (roughly in order of how old I was when I loved them) ~


1. The Twits by Roald Dahl
2. The BFG by Roald Dahl


3. Hollow Tree House by Enid Blyton
4. The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton


5. The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
6. The Secret Seven series by Enid Blyton


7. The Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton
8. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume


9. Goosebumps books by RL Stine
10. Point Horror books by various authors


11. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

I've always loved reading, for as far back as my memory goes, so this weeks picks were pretty tough. Roald Dahl was the first author that I devoured when I was around 6 I think, I loved all of his books, but chose my favourite two for this list. I especially remember being read The Twits and finding it hilariously funny, and connecting with the giant in the story of The BFG. The same immediate love happened with Enid Blyton, I was given Hollow Tree House for my 7th birthday, and from the time I read it, I had to have every Enid Blyton book possible. I just adored her and her books for many years, and that's why I have so many listed. I read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret when I was around 9 years old, I had grown up in an atheist family so had no opinion of God until I became friends with a girl who came from a strongly religious family. She lent me this book to read, and it had a huge impact on me at the time, so I still remember it to this day even though I don't remember much of the story. After I turned 10 I fell into my love of horror and thriller books, and found the Goosebumps and Point Horror books so great to read, especially at night under my blankets with a torch! And of course, like many people from my generation, the Harry Potter books had a huge impact on my reading life. I think I was around 12 when I first read The Philosopher's Stone and immediately fell in love with Harry's world, it was an 8 year wait for the final installation of the series which came with Deathly Hallows, so it was a massive part of my teens and of my reading life as I still adore the series now.

So which books turned you into a bookworm?


brizmus said...

Great books there that turned you into a bookworm. Goosebumps and some Roald Dahl are also on my list! Also Sweet Valley Kids and the Babysitters Club! And Neil Gaiman when I was a bit older. . .

Morgan said...

I love this post because there's always those few books that make you love reading even more. I would have to say one of my favorites is: The Giving Tree. I haven't read it for a few years but it was one of those unforgettable books!

Erika said...

great books! we have a few in common :) goosebumps, and harry potter. you gotta love those books :D

Lover of Romance said...

Great meme!!! I think for every one that loves reading, there are some books out there, that helped us fall in love with it!!! I loved Harry Potter, great series!!!

Jillian said...

I too was a total Roald Dahl fan. My 2 favorites are Matilda and the chocolate factory! Now that I think about it.. those are two books I don't have copies of! I might actually get them, just to collect ;)

kavyen said...

Oh, I loved Enid Blyton. Great books listed here..

Anonymous said...

I'm totally with you on anything Enid Blyton ... I devoured every book by her, over and over and over, and it really made me love reading when I was little :) Also, of course, Harry Potter, High School years :D I have to add one more to your list, though ... Twilight, lol ... we all love to hate Twilight, but LOADS of people, including myself, rediscovered a love for YA and Paranormal Romance thanks to Stephenie Meyer :) When I started Uni, I sort of lost track of the fact that I loved to read, and didn't read anything for years (I can't imagine now what on earth I did with all my time, LOL) ... then I read Twilight, and now I have no free time / money, but I'm quite happy, hehe.

Cozy Book Nook (Lesa) said...

Glad to find someone else who lists more than ten. I can hardly ever weed any out. Harry Potter is the only one I've read on your list. I've heard of the others but they were after my childhood-- no excuse not to check them out now though.


readerbuzz said...

I mentioned in my online bookgroup that I'd never heard of the Famous Five. Our group leader, from Australia, was astonished. I wonder why the Famous Five are not well known in the US....

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