Favourite Children’s Books | Top 5 Wednesday

Todays discussion is a Top 5 Wednesday topic where I’ll be discussing my favourite children’s books (or middle grade books) this week! This list consists of books that were mostly read in my childhood, so I apologise in advance if I have very little to say about them.

Personally, I very rarely dabble in books that are children’s or middle grade books, as I typically don’t enjoy juvenile aspects. However I can appreciate the following books in this list for what they were!

5. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 1: BFF by Amy Reeder

This is graphic novel was actually a very recent read. If the word ‘dinosaur’ is attached to a title, and a superhero novel at that, I am a very very likely to pick it up. The premise was incredibly inticing – a nine year old girl black girls, is who canonically the smartest protagonist in the Marvel Universe, teams up with a dinosaur? (Honestly, that sounds a little like a wet dream I had once.) Unfortunately whilst this book didn’t live up to my own expectations. I think it’s been wrongly genre’d as Young Adult, but I can definitely see this book appealing to those who fall under the Middle Grade audience.

4. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

I had a wonderful teacher in primary school who used to read this to my class. She had the most animated wonderful voice, that enamoured children who didn’t enjoy reading. This book has stuck with me ever since because of her. In fact, majority of the books I read pre-teens wasn’t self read but read via this teacher.

3. The WitchesMatilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is a treasure trove of children’s stories. The Witches, Matilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory are my specific favourites of his. He creates clever and innovative stories that every child should get to experience. Also Matilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory were some of my favourite movies as children. Even now I could watch those movies and still be enamoured by the stories!

2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I must admit I haven’t read the physical editions of the Narnia books. I did recently listen to the BBC audiobooks for the first two books, but they were shortened versions of the story and not really satisfying. I loved the movies when I was younger and would love to revisit these stories some day.

1.Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Similarly to my experience with The Enchanted Wood, this was read to me by the same teacher. I have faded memories of my class erupting in laughter because of this book and by extension the following instalments. I’d highly recommend this book for children.

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Thank you so much for reading my T5W list. Here is a link to the goodreads group with more information if you’d like to participate in future discussions! Carly


Fictional Jobs I’d Want to Have

This topic took a little more time than expected, but I loved having to brainstorm about some of my favourite fictional worlds and the jobs relative to them. I largely selected jobs based on what I think I’d enjoy and what looked to be a lot of fun.. but I do think I eventually complied a list of jobs that I would both enjoy and be (relatively) good at!

1. Shadowhunter (Inspired by Isabelle Light from Shadowhunters TV Series)

I stopped watching Shadowhunters for a while as I was pretty unsatisfied with where the show was going. But yesterday I picked up from where I left off early on in season two and absolutely binged watched all the episodes. Essentially this rekindled my love for the show and primarily for Isabelle because to me, she is what makes being a Shadowhunter look like fun.

2. Oompa Loompa (Inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) 

It probably makes me a pretty bad vegan to say I’d like to be an Oompa Loompa… but I don’t think I’m in any minority when I say food and theme parks are some of the many things that I love. To combine the two and have it be my day to day job to experiment with sweets would be pretty epic.

3. Meta-Human CSI Expert (Inspired by Julian Albert from The Flash TV Series)

I thought long and hard about a ‘fictional job’ actually existed within The Flash world, because a lot of the main characters actually have jobs that are rooted within the real world. But alas – thanks to Julian Albert (a new character in S3) I have found my way into Team Flash! Although it would be awesome to be a meta-human expert, I was trying to find a job in this universe largely so I could work with all the characters on Team Flash.

4. Dragonologist (Inspired by Charlie Weasley from The Harry Potter Series)

I really think this goes without explanation!

5. Dinosaur Researcher (Inspired by Owen Grady from Jurassic World)

Simiarly to a Dragonologist, being a Dinosaur Researcher would be equally exciting (perhaps Dinosaur Researcher more so because the Jurassic Park franchise was my first favourite series ever.) I love animals and have thought about working in an industry that relates to animals… dinosaurs and dragons would suit me perfectly!

Here is the link to the Top Five Wednesday group if you’d like to have a look through the discussions and further topics.