My Favorite Childhood Reads

As I am still trying to grasp just how blogging works, I figured I would write a post I know everyone can relate to. Growing up, I was always the book worm in my family. There were many nights when my mom would catch me reading in the middle of the night with a head lamp on to read…..yup, you read that right, a HEAD LIGHT. Eleven year old Kellie was much like twenty-one year old Kellie, who would rather sacrifice hours of sleep to read just One. More. Chapter.

I have vivid memories of going to the library weekly with my mom over summers, tote bag in tow, and leaving with a minimum of ten books. I had my library card number memorized, and devoured books daily. What this is all leading up to I guess is that along the way, many of these books became some of my absolute favorites, so here is the ones that came out on top:

  1. Harry Potter

Harry-potter-and-the-philosophers-stoneAlright, so I know everyone puts this as their number one childhood book series, but lets be real here……These books were the building blocks of my childhood. Some of my absolute favorite memories involve this series, and I feel like that is a whole blog post in itself, but lets just say I still have an EXACT replica of Bellatrix Lestrange’s wand displayed in my room that I made out of clay circa summer 2010 with my brother at 3am. One of my favorite places to be is Harry Potter World at Universal, which I am lucky enough to have an Annual Pass to. Here’s a picture from two years ago of me enjoying Butter Beer!

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2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians

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I read this series in middle school and was obsessed!! Percy, Annabeth, and Grover always had the craziest adventures, and I was surprised with every book. These books got made into movies, and the first one in my opinion was really good, but that second one…….we won’t get into that, lol.

3.   Sarah Dessen books

untitled.pngI remember in middle/high school I devoured these books. Sarah Dessen is such an amazing author, who isn’t afraid of writing about tough topics. Some of her books showed me that life is not easy, and that was kind of hard to learn at a young age. I don’t think I can really pin-point a favorite book of hers because it’s been so long that I’ve read them, but they are a great read and I encourage every coming of age young adult to read them.

4. The Hunger Games

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This trilogy is one of my all time favorites. My Sophomore year of High School, I broke my ankle and during that first weekend when I was on crutches, I read all of these books. Besides Harry Potter, this series is my favorite book to movie adaption, and I literally just had a movie marathon of these over the weekend. I think these books really opened up dystopian young adult novels, and got me into the genre.

5. Twilight

twilight-saga-twilight-series-30543454-1280-720Thought you could make it through one of these posts without Twilight in there? Think again. I discovered this series in seventh grade because I was constantly told I need to read this series over and over and over again. Was it because it was SO good? No. Was it because of the vampire-werewolf aspect? Nope. Was it because of the beautiful covers? Try again. Although these are very valid points of this series, it was because my last name………………is Cullen. Yup, you read that right. To this day people still chuckle or don’t believe me when I tell them what my last name is. I once had a teacher in High School have me pull out my drivers license because they did not believe it was truly my name. Even though I have this comical connection to the book, I really did love this series and the characters (Team Jacob 4 lyfe). I remember going to the bookstore at midnight for Breaking Dawns release, and reading for almost 24 hours straight to finish it.

 

 

I thought this would be a fun post to make, and I enjoyed writing it while reliving some of my favorite memories. What were some of your favorite childhood books/authors? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

 

33 thoughts on “My Favorite Childhood Reads

  1. Cailin says:

    I actually refused to read Harry Potter for the longest time because I was so loyal to Percy Jackson and felt like I had to choose, lol. And I thought I was the only one who actually really liked the first PJO movie! I agree with you on the second one though. And omg Twilight completely took over my life for a solid couple months when I read it in sixth grade–the obsession level was at on all time high (team Edward 4ever).

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  2. shai @ cadeunderbooks says:

    Awesome post! I loved Harry Potter growing up (still do, but perhaps not as hardcore.) Ravenclaw Pride 😀 And I need to read more of the Percy Jackson series. I’ve heard such good things and I did like the first one.

    Speaking of vampires lol I loved Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, and although I got really burnt out on her later books about bloodsuckers, I still really love her shapeshifter series that starts with Hawksong. I think the world-building and characters are really fab.

    I loooooooved (and still do) the Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix and The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner. And Scott Westerfeld and Tamara Pierce and Tanith Lee ahhhh I think I want to do my own post! This is such a fun idea and I’mma link back to you 🙂

    ~~Memmmmoooorriiiieeeeees all alone in the mooooonlight~~

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    • kelliesbookshelf says:

      Awww Gryffindor over here! 🦁 I haven’t read any of Amelia Atwater-Rhodes but I’ll have to look her up! Oooo Scott Westerfeld would have been a good one for me! I LOVED the Uglies series, and I just heard he’s releasing a new book from that series! Time for a re-read haha. TOTALLY do a post! It was so fun thinking about all these books and the memories I had associated with them! Thanks for stopping by! 😊💕

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  3. shai @ cadeunderbooks says:

    OMG THANK YOU SO MUCH for letting me know new Uglies world books were coming out I LOVE THAT WORLD and that technology and that author. He’s killing me with his answers about the announcement on his site. I’m really new to this blogging thing as well, and being up-to-date or aware of things, ever, lol. And I love how everyone’s always clamoring for a TV/Movie adapt – my preference would be TV and just, ugh, I hope it’s done well (paging Netflix Unfortunate Events producers).

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  4. booksntvholic says:

    Nice post.
    I love HP series. I can speak along the movie as i have watched it so many times. i heart Rick Riordan for getting me into Greek myths and roman Myths and the trickery with words and prophecies. I loved the twist of words. I have never read any book by Sarah Dessen. Since hunger games i hated all the similar plot books as Hunger Games was the ultimate book for me. Twilight i love it and I have always been #TeamJacob.

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