Books to read again as a grown up

writer's block and broken lenses

I am an avid reader. I always have a book in my bag and I'm one of those people who will happily go back to books over and over again. I don't really juggle books like some people can but if there is a particular book I'm struggling with for some reason or another, I'll go back to an old favourite to get back into the 'swing of things'.

Ever since I was little, I have read a lot. For a long time I was happier to be up in my room reading than outside with actual people. So much so that my parents would TELL me to go out. A tad odd, really.

I've always found books the best way to escape. Whether I am stressed or sad there are a bunch of books that are guaranteed to make me feel better and, oddly, a lot of them are from my childhood. They're not necessarily 'kids books', mostly because I don't really agree with the phrase unless you're reading Spot the Dog or something (which is awesome). To a lot of outsiders, they SEEM to be kids books; whether that's down to illustrations or the element of sheer fantasy in some of them (I'm looking at you, Harry Potter haters), I just don't think they really are KIDS books.

With that mini rant, kind of thing over, here's a bunch of my favourite books that I read as a child and just LOVE going back to.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

This is pretty much a given... it is me after all.

Now, I don't for one second believe that Harry Potter are children's books, not only have I already said this (it's important, yo) but recently I also had to stop myself from threatening to hit someone in the face with my hard back copy of The Order of the Phoenix just for saying they are only for kids.


However! Saying that, they are books that GROW and age with the audience and I WAS a child when I started reading them. There is something so innocent and magical (LOL! WIZARDS) about the first one that, when I'm sad, It's always the first book I go to... and inevitably binge read the other six.


This one is in here because I actually reread it for the first time as a grown up very recently. I loved the movie as a child and have always been torn between which Roald Dahl story I love the most, The BFG or James and the Giant Peach.

The BFG never failed to make me laugh when I was younger and I was so happy to discover that it still made me grin from ear to ear. I even amused myself by thinking in the backwards way of the BFG for a bit, purely because it made my tube journey more entertaining...

Little Women

I think I first read this as I was approaching my teenage years... I think. It is now one of those books that I go back to and read every year without fail. It just never gets old.

As a grown up, I still get irritated by Amy, in awe of Jo, and Beth... well, just like Joey in Friends, I always want to put the book in the freezer for a bit.

I will NEVER be emotionally stable enough to handle the Beth scenario.

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Anything by Terry Pratchett

If you want to read something that will genuinely make you laugh out loud, Terry Pratchett is always the answer.

When I was growing up, my aunt had a massive picture of Discworld, on top of four elephants on the back of the great A'Tuin. It always made me smile and a love for the Discworld grew from there and the very moment my aunt lent me a copy of The Colour of Magic.

Note: This looks pretty much the same as the one my aunt had, I found it on Tumblr but there are so many versions/uploads that I have no idea who to credit. 
Now, if you have youngish children and are looking for new book ideas, the Discword novels aren't really for them until they get to around 12 in my opinion. Some of the humour may be lost as they are predominantly adult driven (with some naughty bits sometimes),

My favourites are the Death series which... obviously feature Death/the Grim Reaper/ Taker of souls. It's nice seeing Death being given an innocent and curious personality along with the power of HIS GREAT BOOMING VOICE ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS. Just pick up Reaper Man and guaranteed you'll love it, If not, I'll eat my hat.

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The Wind in the Willows

The biggest regret of my life? Accidentally giving away the copy I have had since childhood to the charity shop. It had my name written in it and everything. I passed the charity shop, saw it in the window for a grand total of £3. When I got back to the charity shop when it was open, it had gone. Such heartbreak.

There are little things about this book that seem to come back to me at random points. Making (and drinking a lot of) mulled wine always makes me think of Rat and Mr Mole drinking their after a day of adventures, tweet jackets make me think of Mr Toad and all his shenanigans... and the same goes for yellow cars. It's strange to think that a book still affects the way I think sometimes even though it's 20 odd years later.

This was such a difficult list to put together. From the beginning I told myself I'd only do a 'Top 5' but now I already regret not putting a bunch of things in there. The Chronicles of Narnia, The Secret Garden and Peter Pan are three that come to mind but I couldn't exactly list ALL THE BOOKS IN THE WORLD! So there we have it.

What are your favourite books to read again as an adult?

1 comment

  1. I love the BFG and proudly own a complete Roald Dahl children's collection, he's a great author. I own a few "children's" books including the Harry Potter series and Little Women too. They're definitely not just for kids. :-)
    Kim |


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