I thought I’d do something a little bit different this time, so I made a short list of books that I liked to read when I was a kid. The list consists of books that really stood out to me back then. What I can remember is that I wasn’t really into the popular books that everyone around me was reading at that time. In my country the books of an author named Francine Oomen were really popular, and I have to admit that I have never read a book by her.. I’m really sorry. So here is my list of books that I did read when I was a child. It will come in parts. In each one I will write about a series I have read and a stand-alone. When I have read just one book from a series, I will list it under the latter also.
I’m starting off with a series from which I read almost every book and almost fully own the whole series. It’s the Ranger’s Apprentice series by
John Flanagan. I got the first book for my birthday from an acquaintance and I have read since then every book up till the eleventh one in the series. I was getting older by then and started reading other books that were a little bit more mature. I had also started reading English already and I own all of the books in Dutch. Probably the two main reasons for why I still haven’t read the newest books.
“They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice. What he doesn’t yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied….”
These were the books that, alongside Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling ofcourse, really got me into reading as a child. There was magic, in Harry Potter way more, but a little was enough. Oh how I loved magic as a child. The books were also very exciting and the plot was really interesting. For me as a child it was complicated and I had to figure out how things really worked. I really liked that about the books and how they also contained some scientific things. And best of all, they are all just action-packed and original, none of them are the same, so you just want to read every single book in the series. I definitely recommend this series and now that I’m writing about it, I might also pick up the last few books, because I’m getting a little curious again.
I also read some stand alones while I was a kid, or just one book in a series that still stood out to me, but I never picked up a sequel.
I think most of the people who would read this will know the writer Darren Shan. He wrote cirque du freak and many more well-known series and books. But he also wrote some children’s books. One of them is Koyasan.
“The boys and girls in the graveyard were shouting, but Koyasan no longer heard them. The world had become a wide, grey void. She could hear deep rasping sounds, the breath of creatures which had been human once but weren’t any more… Koyasan is too scared to cross the bridge and play in the graveyard like the other children. But when her sister’s soul is stolen, she must find the courage to enter a realm of evil, shape-shifting spirits. And the spirits are waiting…”
So we have got a graveyard in this book and evil, shape-shifting spirits. Sounds rather dark to me. As a child I liked reading books that were scary and dark. I still do. I can’t really tell why, but I like being scared. I also like scaring other people, but that’s not the point here. So Koyasan was one of my favourite books as a child. It’s playful, creepy but it also contains good lessons on a few themes. Like how to overcome you’re fears. Because if Koyasan wants to get her sister back, she has to cross the bridge she had always feared. It’s a short story written for world book day and the proof that a short story can contain just as much action, plot and life lessons as a ‘normal’ book. I think everyone should read this little book, because it’s amazing!
Let me know in the comments which books you read when you were a child.