25 Years of Stories: A Birthday Blog Post

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Stories read to me, stories recited to me, stories I’m too young to remember properly


Winnie the Pooh
A.A Milne
Audio cassettes on the drive to school
Turn to side B


Rebecca’s World
Terry Nation
Written by the man who invented Daleks
I wish more people could read this book


The Wombles
Elizabeth Beresford
Underground, overground


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
J.K Rowling
Time travel and plot twists
A perfect introduction to Harry Potter


The Diamond Girls
Jacqueline Wilson
A signed birthday present
and a photograph meeting my favourite author


The Bad Beginning
Lemony Snicket
but only for the Baudelaires


Gossip Girl
Cecily von Ziegesar
Definitely too young for them
But I read the entire series


Artemis Fowl
Eoin Colfer
Define the nerdier accomplishment:
Decoding the secret message
or learning to read the gnommish hieroglyphs


Stephenie Meyer
Because I’d be lying otherwise


Skulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy
An unfinished series
Who thought neon orange sprayed edges was a good idea?


Clockwork Angel
Cassandra Clare
Boys in books are better
(maybe this only applies to teenage boys)


The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
I’ll have you know
I was already a fan of dystopia


The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
Beautifully written
Narrated by Death


The Magic Toyshop
Angela Carter
Giving birth and creating oneself;
the height of literary conceit,
confirming my disillusion with literary theory


Stanislaw Lem
Occasionally they let you study Sci-Fi


The Minpins
Roald Dahl
Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it


The Good Immigrant
Nikesh Shukla
‘Namaste…has become a bastardised metaphor for spiritualism’


George Orwell
‘War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.’
The parallels are actually terrifying.


Six of Crows
Leigh Bardugo
That feeling, that absolutely wonderful feeling
Of falling back in love with reading


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
You know, history repeats itself.
And, rereading is magical.


It was my birthday last weekend and I thought it would be fun to revisit and update an old birthday blog post. Not my usual wordy stuff but something a bit more lyrical and dare I say poetic?

These are the books that have stood out, if not defined different ages of my life and it was a lot of fun to do! The Twilight/vampire phase was a significant one that I remember – I ate up any teen vampire book, especially ones with romantic plotlines.

What are some of the books that have stood out and reflected on different ages in your life?

2 thoughts on “25 Years of Stories: A Birthday Blog Post

  1. Happy belated birthday, Arub!!! ❤ This is such a neat idea. Your age 11 and 13 books match up perfectly with mine. I was OBSESSED with Artemis Fowl (and also kind of crushing on him) in middle school.

    Hmm, some of my other "defining" books during teenage years:

    13 – His Dark Materials (tied with Artemis Fowl :P)
    14 – The Book Thief
    15 – On the Jellicoe Road
    16 – The Hunger Games


    1. Thank you! Oh my gosh, Artemis Fowl was excellent – I devoured basically anything by Eoin Colfer at that age.
      Thanks for sharing your defining books! Totally see how your reading taste has evolved from this.

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