Saturday, May 26

The Books That Made Me a Reader

I have so many life-changing, mind-changing books on my shelves that I love (and definitely want to talk about sometime) but today I wanted to have a look at the books that made me a reader - and so brought me to this wonderful community. Reading is such a huge part of my life and it's so strange to think of all the times where it hinged on reading one book at the exact right time! 

1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
I was a very reluctant reader! My Mum tried everything to get me to learn to read and I kept insisting that there would always be people to read me stories so why should I? (I was obviously a very annoying kid). But then I got a copy of Alice in Wonderland for my birthday, a beautiful illustrated copy. And my Mum, being the genius that she is, refused to read it to me. I was three years old and immediately decided I wanted to read so I could figure out what was going on in this book. It's influenced my reading a lot since then too, I am more often drawn to the ridiculous and the magical for example! 

2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Picture me, a tiny ginger kid in school getting bullied. And then imagine how it felt to find Anne Shirley. Redhead who takes no nonsense from anyone. Who broke a slate over a boys head when he called her Carrots. She was a total inspiration to me. Fearless and creative and passionate about everything she did. This was, I think, the first time I really found myself in a book and I've read and re-read the whole series more times than I can count! 

3. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Because of course. I remember in school when everyone discovered the first book at the same time. And for once everyone was united in agreement that this was the best thing ever. As an adult I can see many problems with the series (hello complete lack of diversity) but there will always be a magic to these characters and to Hogwarts that I've never found in any other book. This was my first introduction to fandoms as well (and fanfic) which led me down the path to bloggerdom! 

4. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Oh boy. Ok so obviously super problematic. The relationship is toxic as anything and there is so much that seems ridiculous looking back on it now. But damn was I a big Twilight fan!! And this, this is the book that introduced me to the blogging/vlogging world. It was through Twilight that I discovered so many amazing bloggers and actually the whole YA category. I hadn't really ventured into YA before so it was Twilight that led me to The Hunger Games and Divergent and eventually to all time favourites like Six of Crows. 

5. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
This was the first review I ever posted (back at Dual Reads). This book didn't really make an impact on me but reviewing it and blogging about it and just getting that confidence in me - definitely did have an impact on me. So whatever I might think of the book itself (in my review I said it was "disappointing") it will always be the first book I blogged about and therefore had a huge impact on my reading life!!

Let me know what books changed your reading life? I'd really love to know what led us all here and if we have any in common!


  1. The book series that made me reader was the Magic Tree House series by: Mary Pope Osborne. It’s basically about two children who travel in a treehouse to different points throughout history and it got me into not only books but also into the huge history geek that I am today! There are so many books in the series and I honestly want to reread them because of how nostalgic they make me feel.

  2. Great topic! Your mom was very smart using Alice in Wonderland like that, haha. I wanted to be Anne growing up, so I definitely know where you're coming from with her. And Harry Potter and Twilight were ones I really loved too (definitely got over Twilight as well, but I loved it at the time, even though I knew it wasn't brilliant).

  3. Great list! Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling would definitely make my list! :)

  4. Twilight is also on my list of original YA discoveries! I completely agree: the book (and the romance specifically) is extremely problematic but at the time, I was so enamored with my discovery of this wonderful genre named YA that I didn't really care about the actual content. Did you get that when you first read YA? Like you loved the genre so much that you 'loved' everything you read from it? That's the biggest problem when I reread old favorites. Great list, Clare!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks


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