You heard me right. Whenever I’m stressed or depressed, I read Children’s books. It calms me down and soothes my nerves. Transporting me back to my childhood. So here are 5 of my favorite books which I have read a thousand times.
Harry Potter Series
by J. K. Rowling
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why the Harry Potter series is so damn good. I love it. And it’s had an incredible amount of success. Why? What makes it so damn special? Well for me, the answer is simple. It’s so great because J.K Rowling knows exactly how to speak to her reader.
She begins her story by showing the reader an incredibly boring world; it’s a reality: it’s mundane, grey, tasteless and monotonous. So, in essence, it’s everyday life. It’s just the crap that every kid has to deal with, and adults too. Well, maybe to an extreme with the abuse and coldness that Harry receives, but you get my point. Life sucks for him. But then she reveals what every child longs for; she reveals a world of mystery reeling with the fantastic and wondrous things she writes. Under the normal boring world, there is hidden a better world, a more exciting world: a world of magic. Thus, Rowling turns off the realism and starts writing fantasy, and this is where she completely grabbed me.
I didn’t read this when I was a child. I read these when I was on bed rest in my very late teens. I considered myself an adult. I considered myself mature. When I read these I came to the realization that that’s not necessarily a good thing. Childhood is the time when one is most free, and perhaps when the imagination is at its peak. These books brought backs lots of memories, memories of being at school and imagining a better world. As a child, I longed for adventure. Being the fantasy geek that I was (and am) I wished for Narnia and Middle Earth. I wished for something more than the drudgery of everyday life. So I was a weird kid. I was a day-dreaming introvert, I probably still am. Well, my point is, these books reminded me of my inner child and the wonders that run through fantasy and children’s literature.
The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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There’s a huge place in my heart for this little world-in-a-book; I read it first when I was wee, again many times since. A review won’t do it justice, so I’ll quote one of my favorite passages and risk sentimentality:
“Nothing is perfect,” sighed the fox.
But he came back to his idea.
“My life’s very monotonous,” he said. “I hunt chickens; men hunt me.
All chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike.
And in consequence, I am a little bored.
But if you tame me, it’ll be as if the sun came to shine on my life.
I shall know the sound of a step that’ll be different from all the others.
Other steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground.
Yours will call me, like music out of my burrow.
And then look: you see the grain-fields down yonder?
I do not eat bread. Wheat is of no use to me.
The wheat fields have nothing to say to me. And that is sad.
But you have hair that is the color of gold.
Think how wonderful that will be when you have tamed me!
The grain, which is also golden, will bring me back the thought of you.
And I shall love to listen to the wind in the wheat…”
Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery
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Can we just talk about how perfect this book is? Anne of green gables is easily one of my favorite series ever. I have read this series so much that my books are actually falling apart. So warning…this review may be gushing with years of built up love and devotion.
Anne of green gables is the adorable story about an orphan who is adopted by two elderly siblings. Her upbeat enthusiasm and flair for the dramatic make her a wonderfully flawed character. And who isn’t in life with Gilbert? Like really. Who isn’t?
This book is a classic that everyone’s should read. Not just girls, boys too. My brother personally lives these books. I can’t ever say enough about these books. And this one, in particular, is one of my favorites in the series
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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It took years for me to finally read this. And have now I love re-reading it. I loved the movies based on the book and now I have read it to see which version is the most accurate to the story. Frances Burnett made the characters fun, easy and enjoyable to read about! I especially liked the various point-of-views you read. From the staff, gardeners, and even the bird! Normally I don’t like too many POVs but this works nicely with smooth transitions. It is a peaceful, relaxing story to enjoy.
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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The classic! though I like it because sometimes simplicity and the feel-good factor of this book amazed me. I like it above all because this is the one where it all started. You just can’t thank JRR enough for this, he changed the entire course of fantasy novels with this. A book you must read.
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