Top 5 Wednesday: Children’s Books for Grown-Ups.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme (on Wednesdays, duh) hosted by Thoughts on Tomes on Youtube. I don’t participate every Wednesday but I like to hop in whenever it’s a theme that speaks to me. This week’s theme/subject is top 5 children’s books, and oh my god, I LOVE me some children’s books.

As I’ve written a post previously about my favourite books from when I was a kid, as well as a ‘My Life in Books‘ post about the books that I feel were important in making me the person I am today, I’m going to switch this one up a bit. Today I’m going to talk about what I consider to be the 5 best children’s books (or book series) that I discovered as an adult.

It’s a great thing for people keep reading children’s books when they’re older. It takes us back to a time when we could stay up all night to finish a book without worrying about having to get up the next day, and when we were secretly convinced that the things we read about were true and written by some emissary from a faraway land. I’ve discovered some fabulous children’s stories despite these stories allegedly being ‘for kids’.

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The Best Books of 2016.

First and foremost, I should mention that this is a list of the best books that I read in 2016, rather than books published in 2016. This is purely based on my enjoyment of them and whether or not I would recommend them.

The Best Book I Read in January.

2016 started out really, really well and I discovered several books that quickly took their place on my favourites list. Specifically, these were:

Room by Emma Donoghue
Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

 Honorary mention: I also loved The Martian by Andy Weir that month, but I wouldn’t call that one a favourite.

 Even though I loved all of these so much, I think Room is probably my best book from Jan as it’s the one I’ve enjoyed re-reading the most.

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Ringing in the New Year Book Tag.

I was tagged for this by the lovely Getting Through Anxiety – thank you! 🙂


The Rules.
– Link to the person who tagged you.
– Link to the creator of the tag – Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
– Share the tag image.
– Answer the questions below.
– Tag friends (or not if you don’t feel like it).


1. Best book and/or series that you’ve read in 2016?

Best book: Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

Best series: Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness – I think it’s also the only series I’ve actually read the whole of in 2016… I’m really not good with series.

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Book Tag: Books to Read in Pairs.

This tag was created by Jen Campbell on YouTube, and the idea of it is to go around your shelves (whether virtual or physical!) and choose pairs of books that you think compliment each other well, perhaps because they have similar themes, or one is a retelling of the other, etc. Jen asks us to aim for between five and ten pairs of books so I’ve pushed myself to go for ten.

I didn’t read most of these in pairs, apart from the ones I read for university modules, but have chosen them because I think they would go well together.


1. White Teeth by Zadie Smith / Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.

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