Every week, The Broke and The Bookish poses a category for book bloggers to post their ‘Top Ten’ in that week’s category.
This week the category is ‘Top X Genre Books’, and we fill in a genre of our choice. Seeing as it was not that long ago that I was reading children’s books and I am technically a ‘young adult’, I thought it would be nice to do my ‘Top Ten Children’s or Young Adult Books‘. Also, this genre provides a bit of light relief as we are all a bit classics-crazy due to The Classics Club at the moment!
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling. My Number 1 Children’s series has got to be Harry Potter! I have read all 7 books many many times, listened to the audio books, watched the films and dressed up as the characters more times than I would like to admit! I am a truly part of the Harry Potter generation – there is even a photograph of me, about 8 years old, with the huge Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix taking up my entire lap! I have chosen the last Harry Potter book because it is probably just about my favourite and is the one I couldn’t put down the most.
2. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis. I adore the Narnia books, and again I have read them many times and listened to the audio books a lot too. The stories and characters are so interesting and you can’t wait to find out what happens next. I especially enjoyed The Horse and His Boy, Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Last Battle, but The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has to be my favourite as it is so spooky when they are travelling through the huge horrible cloud and visiting these strange, creepy islands.
3. The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman. The His Dark Materials series is so good – really makes you think about life and religion and love whilst still keeping a fast-moving and exciting plot. This series is rich with vivid characters and the ending of The Amber Spyglass actually made me well up a bit the first time I read it! I am in the process of re-reading this series at the moment – The Subtle Knife is coming up this summer and I read Northern Lights last December – and I am really looking forward to reading about Lyra, Will, Pan and the rest again.
4. The Witches – Roald Dahl. This is my joint favourite Roald Dahl book (with Matilda) and I used to listen to the audiobook so much when I was younger. I loved the plot and the descriptions of the witches were just amazing. Also, the way Norway was portrayed was lovely and I still wish to visit there, purely from the wonderful accounts of it in this book. Oh, and my edition is so old that it has that amazing musty smell!
5. Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian. This novel is something special and not just for children. The story and characters are vivid and lovely but what makes this book stand out is its accuracy. Last year I was writing an essay for history coursework all about evacuation in Britain during the war. One of the sources we studied was an extract from this book and, me being me, that wasn’t enough so I went to the charity shop and bought a copy and read it through in a few days. It really does show you what it was like to be an evacuee in wartime Britain so is definitely a must-read for anyone interested in that.
6. The Recruit – Robert Muchamore. The Cherub series accompanied me through my childhood very nicely. The story is exciting and unpredictable, there are lots of books so you get to see the characters really develop over time and thirdly it’s so cool – who wouldn’t want to be a teenage spy with money and resources no object?!
7. The Ersatz Elevator – Lemony Snicket. The Series of Unfortunate Events is, obviously, rather miserable and I have to say I was totally disappointed with the last book, however I did enjoy reading the majority of the books and enjoyed the way they were quite complicated (for a 10 year old). There was a lot of mystery and hinting which I enjoyed as many children’s books have one obvious plot and that is it.
8. Madame Doubtfire – Anne Fine. For anyone who has not read this book or seen the film YOU HAVE MISSED OUT! Such a hilarious idea and the book is a pleasure to read. The film, aptly starring Robin Williams, is great too, if a little dated now maybe, and I cannot recommend both the film and the book enough.
9. Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman. This book is definitely young adult, not children’s, and deals with some difficult issues. The idea of alternative history/distopia has always interested me and I think this is one of the most ingenious ideas I have ever come across. Although the first book, Noughts and Crosses completely outdid the second book, Knife Edge, I am yet to read the last two books of the series but don’t really have plans to read them soon.
10. Harry Potter À L’École Des Sorciers – J.K. Rowling. Now maybe it’s cheating to have the same series of books twice but I have two legitimate reasons. a) they are my favourite young adult/children’s books so why shouldn’t they be on here twice? b) this section refers to the French versions. I am currently reading Harry Potter 1 in French for the second time to improve my French and because it’s fun, and I have the second one stored deep in my TBR pile too. There is something magical (ha ha) about reading about the characters you love in another language and I recommend anyone who is interested in improving their language skills to pick up a copy of a favourite book and just give it a go!