I'm spring cleaning my room, arranging the storage under my bed and I find this bag full of books from my earlier years. Some I've read twice, others had never had its pages turned. Just a small collection, the rest are either boxed away in the cupboard or have been donated.

I'm trying to get back into a regular reading routine and finding these books have strangely encouraged me to do so even more. I remember the feeling of being lost in a book, finishing a chapter before bed and thinking "another one won't hurt."


Jacqueline Wilson was a favourite of mine at this age, mainly because I loved Tracy Beaker - no shame. The Suitcase Kid, The Bed and Breakfast Star, Vicky Angel, Best Friends..you get the point. I'm not sure if I kept any of them but Up on Cloud Nine by Anne Fine was - if I remember correctly - written in a similar style.

I read the first book in the Angels Unlimited series and loved it so much that I bought the rest in one go, thanks to a number of WHSmith vouchers I received for Christmas. I got them whilst transitioning from primary to secondary school and I never read them for some reason.
I can't think why, I'm guessing I moved onto something else. 


Relationships, fame, fake friends, school, jealousy...the usual.

I was gifted The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens from my form tutor and I'm glad I did. 
I'm currently listening to the grown-up version on Audible but so far, I prefer this one.
I've always been into self-help books and this was a great book to have at that time. It addresses the typical trials and tribulations teenagers face and key themes surround self-esteem, success, goals and all things motivational. It's from the 90's, so before social media took over but it's still relevant.

Whilst my reading ability and taste has matured since then, I might re-read/read these books to finally cross them off the list and rediscover why I loved reading.

What were your favourite books growing up? Other than Harry Potter.

I've never been into Harry Potter and you'll never see it mentioned on my blog again. I've read the first book and watched the first film but it's not my cup of tea. I'm fully prepared for the endless amount of trolling I'm due to receive :)