"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic…” – Albus Dumbledore.
It will not be a surprise for any child or adult who knows me to hear that there is one series of books that has shaped my life. Yes, the magical world of Harry Potter is not just a set of fictional books for me, but an entire universe, which I have escaped into, lived in and regularly revisit! As JK once said, “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.” The characters in the stories do not feel like characters but old friends; when they laugh, I laugh, when they cry, I cry… and that is the true magic of books! I love the series for the fantasy and adventure, but also because of all it teaches about the importance of friendship, facing your fears, and most importantly that love conquers everything!
More recently, I have discovered the author Onjali Q Raúf and have read (and loved!) three of her books this year: The Star Outside my Window, The Night Bus Hero and The Boy at the Back of the Class. They are beautiful stories and I am not ashamed to say that I cried my eyes out when reading two of them! Some other authors I love and will always recommend are Frank Cottrell Boyce (Framed is my favourite!), Jacqueline Wilson (I used to visit St Austell library every week to collect more of her books to devour when I was a child!) and Philippa Pearce (Tom’s Midnight Garden is a must-read!).
“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” – Yep, that’s JK Rowling again!
My most memorable read as a child was a book called Mr Meddle's Mischief by Enid Blyton. Perhaps I was taken in by the thought of mischief! Mr Meddle is a pixie who can't get anything right. He's always meddling in other people's business and making dreadful muddles. From then on I went to read many of her books but my favourite was the series of The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair. I loved these stories so much I would read them over and over again. They whisked me off to wonderful places of elves, gnomes, talking trees and so many other wonderful things.
I absolutely loved reading the Dirty Bertie books by Alan MacDonald and David Roberts with my daughter when she was younger. They're so funny and definitely well worth a read and all about a grubby boy who is a trouble magnet, causing mayhem wherever he goes with his disgusting habits , crazy plans and wild ideas. Every night we used to snuggle down and read the these books .. oh how we giggled and proper belly laughed reading these books. We'd chat for ages about our favourite funniest parts in the story and couldn’t wait until the next one.