#ThrowBackThursday: 10 influential books from your childhood

Ever since you could recognise alphabets and later construct words and sentences, books have been an instrumental part of our childhood.

Whether is was for educational purposes or just the thrill of it, our elders always encouraged us to read. Through this encouragement, many of us found a constructive hobby. Books, in one way or the other, also helped us find our place in society. All bookworms raise your hands!

Although there are much more, we take a look at 10 influential books from your childhood:

1. The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

As a child, every once in a while you were in the mood to be spooked. And it was exciting because, in a way, you were in control of how scared you wanted to be. You were careful to choose your Goosebumps book based on the cover art and how much creepiness you thought you could handle. The best Goosebumps books were the ones where you could choose your own scare. Flipping frantically back and forth through the book, and the thrill of making it out alive, was the ultimate goal.

2. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Any book written by Roald Dahl was extremely fascinating, but Matilda made you really appreciate your school and your parents. Even so, you were still probably hoping to gain some supernatural powers of your own to deal with the haters. The epic scene when Bruce Bogtrotter was forced to eat an entire chocolate cake made by Cooky the chef, will forever be remembered.

3. The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin

These baby-sitters had the best adventures, and if you were not already relating to the books as a baby-sitter yourself, you certainly aspired to be one after every book you finished in this series.

4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is traditionally considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action.  It was first published as a book on November 14, 1883.

5. Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal

Were you more Jessica or Elizabeth? Either way, the drama-filled lives of the Wakefield Twins had us all totally hooked. Each book had its own charm and adventure.

6.  Arthur series by Marc Brown

Each Arthur book was a glimpse into the life and adventures of your favourite aardvark. That is, once you finally found out that he was actually an aardvark.

Did you know?

The aardvark  is a medium-sized, burrowing, nocturnal mammal native to Africa.

7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The story depicts adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy in the magical Land of Oz, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas home by a tornado.  It was declared America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairytale. Its groundbreaking success, and the success of the Broadway musical adapted from the novel, led the author to write thirteen additional Oz books that serve as official sequels to the first story.

8. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The book is noted for its colourful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. Set in a Southern antebellum society that ceased to exist about 20 years before the work was published, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is an often scathing satire on entrenched attitudes, particularly racism.

9. Nancy Drew mystery stories by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew is a fictional American character in a mystery fiction series created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer. The character first appeared in 1930. The books are ghostwritten by a number of authors and published under the collective pseudonym Carolyn Keene. Over the decades, the character evolved. The books were extensively revised and shortened, beginning in 1959. In the revision process, the heroine’s original character was changed to be less assertive and more feminine. In the 1980s, an older and more professional Nancy emerged in a new series.

10. Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling

And finally, this one. The one which stole your heart, the one you grew up alongside, and the one which made you cry and laugh and remember how bloody amazing reading is. You may believe this is a fairly new series; however the first book, The Philosopher’s Stone was actually published in June 1997. Oh J.K. Rowling, you absolute bloody biscuit!

What were some of your favourite books growing up? Share your recommendations in the comments section below, and help create a new generation of bibliophiles!


Tersia Gopi

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