“21 and under!”

Hello book lovers, readers, people who have randomly stumbled upon my blog… welcome!

I have a special post today as it’s my birthday this week!

“21 books to read before you’re 21”

Here are my 21 must reads before you turn 21! I have included a whole range of my well-loved books, even some from when I was tiny!

Hope you enjoy!

Column 1:

  1. “Working with Dragons” by Dugald Steer. I used to be obsessed with dragons (who am I kidding, I still am) and I used to read this ALL THE TIME as a kid. It’s a diary written by ‘Ernest Drake’, Dragonologist, and has everything you need to know about dragons, including some wonderful illustrations!
  2. “The Reader” by Bernard Schink. This book is a thinker, it really questions your morals and twists with your mind. A worthy read set in post-war Germany.
  3. “Trust Me” by Lesley Pearse. By now you know I am a hard-core fan of Pearse, so need I say more. This book is amazing! You’ll find the full review on my blog!
  4. “James and the Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl. What kid didn’t love Roald Dahl? This was my favourite book of his, and even stopped my fear of spiders (for a while at least!)
  5. “The Bed and Breakfast Star” by Jacqueline Wilson. When I was around 12, I didn’t know anyone that didn’t love her books! I liked how her stories reflected problems that real children faced in the world. Classic books that encouraged my love of reading!
  6. “The Spectre of Hairy Hector” by Penny Dolan. I actually got this book when I was in primary school when the author came to talk to our class! This was the first book I ever got signed by an author!
  7. “The Dragonfly Pool” by Eva Ibbotson. I read this book over and over again when I was younger! It was the first book I was sceptical to read but ended up loving!
  8. “The Green Mile” by Stephen King. If you’ve seen my earlier blog posts, you’ll know I am a fan of Stephen King (later on in the year I am having a King extravaganza!) as a lot of his books have a deeper meaning than what’s on the surface. I loved “(Rita Hayworth) and the Shawshank Redemption” but I think “The Green Mile” Just tops it a little. I cried and cried at this book, but it also makes you think too…
  9. “Ways to Live forever” by Sally Nicholls. A heart-breaking story about a boy who doesn’t have long left to live. This book really makes you appreciate what you have in life and not take anything for granted.
  10. “Immortal Words” by Terry Breverton. A collection of some of history’s most memorable quotations. A non-fiction collection I am sure everyone will appreciate.

Column 2:

11.“The Jam Panda Blue Story Book” by Caroline Repchuk. I used to get read this book all the time when I was tiny! I adored this story, and also “The Jam Panda Red Story Book”. Mum used to read this over and over to me when I was little.

12. “Peter Pan in Scarlett” by Geraldine McCaughrean. I actually won this book as a prize for coming 1st place in a writing competition when I was 12. It was an interesting sequel to the original “Peter Pan”

13. “The Forgetting Time” by Sharon Guskin. This book honestly tugs at our heart strings so much they may snap at any moment! This book contains themes of life and death, and what happens after. A very unusual book with a story you’ll never forget. Full review available on my blog.

14. “Pogo and Pip” by Jenny Dale. A guinea-pig and a hamster are best friends and always look after each other. This book is ridiculously old and worn as I adored it as a child!

15. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger. If you don’t like your usual “classic books” then I would certainly try to persuade you to read this as you may be surprised. It is one of the oddest books I have ever read but nevertheless, a story that I am sure will last through the ages. Full review available on my blog.

16. “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo. Warning… lots of crying! Set in the early days of WW1, an unlikely hero sets out on a life-changing journey involved in one of history’s pinnacle points in time.

17. “A Streetcar named desire” by Tennessee Williams. This book is unbelievable. It’s written as a play, but don’t let that put you off! It is unlike any story you have ever read, it really sent chills down my spine! Full review on my blog.

18. “The Family Collection” by Enid Blyton. This is an amazing collection of stories by the beloved Enid Blyton. “The Caravan Family” was my favourite story in the collection. A classic childhood favourite.

19. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. My top 3 books of all time, this timeless classic is amazing, a must read! (And I did nearly freeze my fingers off in New York trying to get a good blog picture!) With unforgettable characters and the charisma of the enchanting era of the roaring 20’s, there isn’t much more this book could do to be great! Full review on my blog.

20. “Myths and Legends” by Anthony Horowitz. The author is also known for the “Alex Rider” series, but in this book, famous (and not so famous) myths and legends are retold in the most exciting way.

21. “The five people you meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom. This is probably the book I would push you read the most. It is one of those strange stories that captures your thoughts and puts you under a spell. A truly enchanting story that will stay with you forever.



Hope you like todays post! It was a little different! The hardest thing was choosing the 21 books… I have so many I love, it was so hard!

I also wanted to put “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte on this list, but I am doing something pretty special for that book, so it’s going to have to wait! Watch this space…

Coming up this week is “A Presence of Absence” by Sarah Surgey and Emma Vestrheim on books beyond the story April 9th for the book blog tour! AAAAAAND I also have some amazing book review requests for you coming up and the spectacular crime month! BUSY BUSY BUSY!

Happy reading! Lx


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