4 Books That Got Me Into Reading #WorldBookDay2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

On March 1, the United Kingdom celebrates World Book Day 2018, an initiative launched by UNESCO in 1995 to nurture a love of reading amongst children. Children, and their teachers, parents, librarians, etc. all take time to sit down and celebrate all the things that books can offer the next generation.
The longest-serving president of Harvard University, Charles William Eliot, once said, “books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers". And isn't it a wonderful thought that this day equips some of the youngest of our people with the first steps on the path towards that; putting them in a position where they will discover countless worlds and will never be truly alone.
Book tokens and fancy-dress costumes are such simple techniques to pique children's ever-changing focus, but they're exciting and fun and may even be the first step on a long journey towards a lifelong relationship with reading.
The book that they receive in exchange for that token may just be a constant favourite.
For most of the country, because of its focus on school-aged children, the day passes by unnoticed, but as someone who ADORES reading and is tangibly a product of UNESCO's World Book Day, I couldn't just let the event go idly by. So I thought, hey, I could make a list of the books that got me into reading and maybe... just maybe, in ten or fifteen years time, one of the primary-aged kids from this generation might just be making their own version.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter is a book series that has undeniably defined a generation and I am certain that, if anyone else in my age bracket was to make a list like this, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone would be on it. The series has sparked an entire youth-culture movement and its impact has been felt throughout the world, I mean, you can't go anywhere these days and mention Harry Potter without causing a stampede. And that obsession is not without reason. This book was integral part of mine, and so many other people's, reading journeys and even to this day, reading this book still feels like returning home.

The Folk of the Faraway Tree
I read a lot of Enid Blyton in my formative years. I lived with my grandparents and so all the books that my mam and uncle had read and my much-older cousins, were passed down to me as soon as I string sentences together. The edition I have of The Faraway Tree is old and it looks it, it has been well loved and just thinking of its cast of characters and their adventures to innumerable fantasy lands makes me feel warm inside.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
I loved the Chronicles of Narnia series growing up, and its definitely a love that has continued to this day. They were just so immersive - I mean, C.S Lewis' world-building skills were frankly out-of-this-world amazing - and it was one of the first times that I could conquer up the images of what was happening in my mind. I continue to have images that feel like memories pop up into my mind that convince me that they were part of an adaption or another, until I realise that nope, this book was just so vivid that it seemed as though I was watching a movie.

Cirque du Freak
Cirque du Freak, and its accompanying series, were the first books I truly ever got invested in. I mean, if fanfiction and shipping had been around back then I would have been an extremely loud voice in the Darren Shan community. It was the sort of fervour and obsession that has particularly marked the YA fans and it went on to point me in the direction of book-fixations that I continue to regret to this day, but no way do I regret that first, marvellous book. This book introduced me to horror and the supernatural in a way that has shaped my reading tastes ever since and though who-knows-how-many years have passed since I last re-read this series, I know I could go back and still adore it.

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