Not sure if this is meant to be about books I had to read in school or books that I ended up reading in school because I spent almost all of my free time in the library (until the last year when I became a music/drama nerd but shh) so I read A LOT of books and I don’t remember most of them but a good few stuck with me.
Animorphs by K.A Applegate
I’m not sure if I read the books because of the TV show or watched the TV show because of the books but I know that I loved them both. I adored that this group of teenagers could turn into different animals but always had that element of risk that if they stay too long in animal form they would be stuck in it forever. The tension in these books was also so well done, there were so many close calls and reveals throughout, they were absolutely addictive. I think these were some of the first books I read that I found really interesting, not forgetting the blossoming of my first book crush in the form of Tobias who I fell head over heels in love with. Turns out I’ve always had a thing for the angsty boys.
The Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith
I found the first Vampire Diaries Books not long after I finished Animorphs. I spent a lot of time at my local library by this point and they had a lovely YA section with nice comfy chairs where I would go to read in peace while my mum thought I was out playing. I had finished the Animorphs books and didn’t really know where to go from there but there was a whole section of the YA shelves that were just black and I was a little nerdy goth girl then so naturally, this drew my attention and there I found the first of the four Vampire Diaries books. I sat in the library from opening until close reading The Awakening in one sitting. It rocked my damn world and I took the other three out and barely left my room for the weekend. I think I’ve loved vampire books ever since.
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
A possibly obvious one I know. I actually hadn’t heard of Harry Potter until I started secondary school and a friend I made there (I knew no one when I started so it was nice to find bookish friends) told me I needed to read Harry Potter…so I did and I fell in love with that too, it was perfectly timed with my starting of secondary school so I just felt like I was going on the same journey I think. It was nice to identify with the trio as they got older. I also distinctively remember that I made me and my friend our own full length (with book lists) Hogwarts acceptance letters.
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
I think this was a read from primary school and I read it often, over and over again, I loved that there were girls who liked to fight with swords but it also showed me that you didn’t always have to have a sword to be brave or to fight for the people you love. I’ve learned recently that there was also a sequel that I absolutely have to read.
Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
This one I discovered my first half-year of college. I had discovered sometimes we had free periods and once a week I had a two-hour free period and approaching Christmas I decided to use those two hours to head into town and do some Christmas shopping. Waterstones was running its 3 for 2 offer that it ran every Christmas for years, I brought two for gifts and at the desk, they had a selection of books also on the offer, one of those was Poison Study. It had the classic purple UK Cover and it looked pretty cool so I brought it and it was brilliant, Maria went on to become one of my absolute favourite authors.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Another free period college find, this time with book vouchers from Christmas. I actually picked up New Moon first because it was new out and caught my eye but they had sold out of copies of Twilight itself so I couldn’t start the series. I managed to find out about the series online and found somewhere to order it from. I was able to read the first chapter or two online while I waited and did so immediately, then also the equivalent of the first couple of chapters of Midnight son (Twilight told from Edwards point of view). I fell in love with these books pretty quick and although I wasn’t an over the top “Twihard” I was definitely a fan. Even though now I’m older and I’ve read a lot more and can see the problems in both the books and films, not to mention Edwards behaviour (and Jacob’s) I still love them both and the films in particular (THOSE SOUNDTRACKS Y’ALL) hold a lot of brilliant nostalgia and I watch them every few months.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the books I read when I was in school/college and would love to check yours out too, don’t forget to let me know if we have any in common! I also want to give an honourable mention to The Crucible by Arthur Miller and Macbeth by (duh) Shakespeare, which were two books/plays we were required to read for my English literature classes and I utterly adored both of them.