Hey Guys, as some of you may remember, one of my new years resolutions was to do a book review every month, however, I decide to extend this into writing about anything book related. Reading has always been something I have thoroughly enjoyed. As a child I was the sort of person that could read a book or two everyday, so i used to visit the library every weekend, get around 10 books and return the following week having read them all. Despite my love of reading, over the last few years I have read less and less, however, this is something I definitely want to change. This book series will bring you blasts from the past and reviews on current popular novels. So grab a hot drink and a snack because this posts going to be a long one.
I myself was born in the late 90s, the books below are some of the books I remember growing up with, they are well known books that i’m sure many who were born in the 90s will remember, especially those who would have been teens in the late 00’s.
A classic children’s book about a mouse who goes in search of the Gruffalo.
… A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. ‘Where are you going to, little brown mouse? Come and have lunch in my underground house.’ ‘It’s terribly kind of you, Fox, but no- I’m going to have lunch with a gruffalo.
A beautifully illustrated book, that has been sold world wide in over 62 different languages for generations. A definite favourite of mine as a young child.
… He built a small house, called a cocoon, around himself. He stayed inside for more than two weeks. Then he nibbled a hole in the cocoon, pushed his way out and… he was a beautiful butterfly!
Any child who was born in the 90s will remember the Magic Key story books. The stories of Biff, Chip and Kipper were exciting adventures, that helped any primary school child learn to read.
… Biff opened the box and the music began to play. Suddenly, the magic key began to glow.
A statement of any 90s kids childhood, Roald Dahl was a writer, who captured the imaginations of children and myself all around the world for decades. his books such as Charlie and the Chocolate factory, Matilda and the witches to name a few, were books which have entertained and influenced many people of all walks of life.
… if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.
The title is pretty self explanatory, basically it’s a beautifully illustrated book about a tiger who came to tea.
… Then he said, “Thank you for my nice tea. I think I’d better go now.”
And he went.
A book about a patchwork elephant who stood out from the rest, a story that taught children everywhere that it’s okay to be different.
… Elmer was different. Elmer was patchwork. Elmer was yellow and orange and red and pink and purple and blue and green and black and white.
Elmer was not elephant colour.
Now I don’t know about you but I absolutely adored these books as a young girl and was forever jealous that there wasn’t one named after me. I was also surprised to find out that there were 175 official fairies as well as many special edition ones. Did you share your name with any of the Rainbow Magic fairies.
… Cold winds blow and thick ice forms, I conjure up this fairy storm. To seven corners of the human world the Rainbow Fairies will be hurled!
– Ruby the Red Fairy
Teenage Books 13-16
If you haven’t heard of Harry Potter, then how? Harry Potter was first published in the year of my birth, so I basically grew up with these stories. If you haven’t read them then I highly recommend you do.
… Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
Again, a classic well known series charting the unfortunate events of three children. These books are great, they are super emotive and easy to read. I absolutely loved this series and the way the author was within the story.
… Reading is one form of escape. Running for your life is another.
As a child I always loved history projects at school.These books were the perfect way to find out about historical events in a fun and interactive way.
… The Greeks were very superstitious people. They believed in horoscopes and ghosts and gods deciding your fate.
This book basically sums up secondary school for me. I remember reading it in English lessons and I absolutely loved it. It’s a story of a boy called Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to a boys detention centre: camp Green Lake. The boys spend everyday digging holes, they believe this is a punishment, however, it is so much more then this.
… You’re responsible for yourself. You messed up your life, and it’s up to you to fix it. No one else is going to do it for you — for any of you.
Jacqueline Wilson, followed me from childhood right into my mid-teens. From children books such as Cliffhanger, The Story of Tracy Beaker and Best Friends, to more grown up coming of age novels such as the Girl series, Kiss and Love Lessons. Her books were and still are read by thousands of girls world wide. She was literally the queen of childhood for me.
… I’m not crying, it’s just my hay fever that’s all.
-The Story of Tracy Beaker
Georgia Nicholson, is a diary of a teenage girl who is a little mad but completely relatable. These books are bound to make anyone laugh and were by far my favourite growing up.
… Look, I can’t go out with you, because…because…because I’m a lesbian.
- Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging.
This series follows the stories of Lucy, Izzy, Nesta and TJ. As a bunch of teenage girls you see them going through all sorts of problems such as losing friends, fancying their mates brother and finding the perfect bra. As a teenage I found myself relating to Lucy so much, and so these books were super relatable, Cathy also released a Mates, Dates Guide to Life, which was full of tips on dating, boys, and boobs, it was the perfect guide which sadly I referred to often.
… I reckon he’s jealous, because he can see you have more talent than he’s got in his little finger.
Mates, Dates and Sole Survivors.
The Gallagher Academy for girls is secretly a school for spies. The series follows a girl called Cammie Morgan who is getting to grips with her new life as a spy and the introduction of love. Me and my friends used to love these books and were forever wishing we could be spies to, we also secretly fancied the character Zach.
.. “Zach,” I said as I lay there “Where did you go? When you were looking for me?” (…)
“Crazy.” His voice was a whisper against my skin. “I went crazy.
– Out of Sight, Out of Time.
So there we have it, some of the many books us 90s kids should love and remember. What books did you love as a child or young teen, i’d love to know. Feel free to leave a comment and don’t forget to follow to stay up to date with the rest of the book series. By for now.
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