We’re almost halfway through the year already. Which, honestly, doesn’t feel like it to me! Summer is my favourite season so it feels like it’s still winter to me! I’ve already reached my reading goal of the year (more than 50 books and counting!) so I felt like it was time to have a look at my favourite books of the year, so far!
I’m not going to add books that I know are my favourite books, such as Little Women, that just seems unfair to the other books!
the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Aaah, this one was so lovely! Children’s classics are my favourite thing ever, and reading this one was just great. It is a really strong book as it has amazing character development which was firstly, quite realistic, and secondly, just really fun to read! The synopsis makes it sound like it’s really scary, but it isn’t, don’t worry, haha!
An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, and a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of children’s classics, an inspiring story of regeneration and salvation that gently subverted the conventions of a century of romantic and gothic fiction for girls.
Wundersmith: the Calling of Morrigan Crowby Jessica Townsend
This is my absolute favourite book of the year! Though I absolutely hate it that the title is a huge ass spoiler for book 1, I still really enjoyed this one. It’s so much fun, the series is adorable, funny, and just exactly what a children’s series should be! At least once a moth I turn to google to see when book three is coming out, because I want mORE and I want it now!!
Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks
I love this series, so much. These are by far the best children’s history books there are on the market. The stories are different, most of these type of books usually have the same 5 people in them and though these people deserve it, we are on the lookout for other people. It’s really written for children, it isn’t a book that parents have to read to their children, it’s actually written in a more childlike language, but doesn’t shy away from the bad stuff. The boks also include trans people (!!!!!!) which most books don’t even do, or they misgender people (boo!!!). I have a more in-depth review here in case you are curious!
Winnie-the-Pooh: the complete Collection of Stories and Poems by A. A. Milne
I love Winnie-the-Pooh so much! It isn’t as big in the Netherlands as it is in other counties, but I love it so much. I watch the movies when I’m feeling sick or when I’m just feeling bad. The stories are adorable and this book is amazing, ,I honestly can’t explain why I love it so much, but I do. Maybe it’s because it’s such a childlike book. I used to work with children and every page I read I just think to myself: “YEs! This is how you write children’s books!!!”. I just love it.
This year hasn’t been a great year for reading for me, but the books I love, I truly love! What is your favourite book of the year?