As far as reading was concerned, I feel I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to, but there were a few exceptions which captured my imagination…
Stargirl- by Jerry Spinelli
I think I first read this when I was about fifteen, and the whole story completely captivated me. It really was one of those books that made me want to be the character in it.
The way Stargirl was described, her sunflower bag, just totally stole my heart.
Such a mysterious tale, with a completely open ending. A beautiful book, one which will always have a place in my heart.
The Illustrated Mum- by Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson was still a huge favourite of mine. The Illustrated Mum in particular is one that I really enjoyed. I didn’t really know much about tattoos when I was younger. So to read a book all about a woman who gets tattoos was very different for me.
It was told in such a beautiful way. The appeal of Nick Sharrats illustrations continued to inspire me; particularly this cover design is one of my favourites too.
I spent many years wishing I was called Star or Dolphin after reading this.
Nightmare Hour- by R.L. Stine
This was a book I was introduced to at school, and I managed to pick this copy up in a charity shop for £2 some years later.
It’s a book of short stories by whom else but R.L. Stine, much a fan of the TV series Goosebumps, these stories where so different to what I would have normally read and enjoyed. For one I hate horror, but something about these really are exciting.
Stone Cold- by Robert Swindells
Again another book we read at school, it’s actually quite a disturbing story, about a man killing young homeless people, but having studied all the characters, I know this book inside out.
Sabrina The Teenage Witch
I had a bit of a phase with Sabrina. The whole witch thing, potions etc. Regretfully I have never read the Harry Potter books, believe it or not.
My cousin would often pass down series of books for me to read, I remember her giving me some Babysitters club ones and the café club. Now how retro is that front cover?