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The Books That Made Me A Reader // Favourite Reads


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Books That Made Me Love Reading 

(Contains mini spoilers, and affiliate links)

I started reading whilst i was still in school, however i have never read as much in a year as i have in this past month. (I might have) But i’ve read 8 books already and it’s only the end of january.

The first book i ever read, and enjoyed was The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Oh and by the way, i’m not counting the books I HAD to read in school *cough* Jayne Eyre *cough*, which i am so upset about because i want to like it but school made me feel so much boredom towards it, booo. (Please motivate me to read the Bronte books…)

Anyway, i decided to write a little post dedicated to my first loves, because it seems fun, and i cant bring myself to write another writing journey post just yet…

So here are the books that made me a reader.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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I read this back in, erm, i want to say 2012?

I went on holiday with a friend, and decided to take a book for the journey, not anticipating that i would actually like it…
It’s only a small book, but i like that. I think i much prefer to read ‘shorter’ stories, because my attention span is not very long, and i like to keep on moving, and reading new things!
Anyway, i loved the main character, Charlie so much straight away, i just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen to him.
Then the film came out and i still liked it, although, the book is WAY better. Obviously. 

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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When i got back from that holiday, i bought The Fault In Our Stars straight away, and i was so excited!

This book made me cry, and cry, and cry a little bit more. But i’ve never forgotten about it, and i definitely want to re read it. Which is a good sign because I NEVER re read…
Then once again, the film came out, and i cried even more!

Two Brothers By Ben Elton 

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Now that i had started reading, my mum (who also reads a lot) gave me this book to read. Once again, i still have never forgotten about it. It’s the first real big book i ever read, and i have to admit, i think it took me about a month to get through.

The twist was so intense and so not expected, i actually had to put it down for a while to get over it. I’m not giving away any spoilers here, but this story is about two brothers in the war, one is german one is jewish… There was a girl they both vowed to look after, which they did, and well, i won’t say anymore! Just read it!

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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I didn’t read for a little while then, because i was transitioning between going to sixth form and then college. And wow it was all very stressful and im so grateful it’s all over!

So once i was ready, i was recommended this book, i dont usually like to read romancy kind of books, but this YA novel was beautiful, and lovely, and again, the ending has never erased from my memory.
I loved both characters straight away, and i really wanted them to have a happy ending… OOPS sorry.
So i am going to re read this, and hopefully creating my own ending that i will publish somewhere on the internet!

The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins 

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This was the first sort of ‘thriller’ book that i had read, and i instantly loved it. Although it’s quite intense, and some of the themes are very real.
I read this book very quickly, and didn’t really want it to end. I then bought a few other thrillers after this (i read one but im scared the others aren’t going to be as good…)

Likewise with most of the books i love, the ending was a massive shocker!
Hence why i haven’t forgotten about it.
Then film then came out.
But in no way was it better than the book, so much was missing, i actually walked out of the cinema telling my boyfriend everything that they had forgotten to put in and how disappointed i was!

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

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Yay another shorter book! I read this book during the summer. I did read other books between all of these listed in this post, but they haven’t made the cut… Sorry.

Anyway, this book caught me, i couldn’t put it down, and im glad i didnt.
Although i did need a break after this one too.

The ending is very, actually, the whole thing is very intense but i did NOT see the ending coming, and i love it when that happens.
This book really inspires me to write my own.

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

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I read this book this in like 24 hours. I couldn’t put it down.
This was another thriller book that i read and actually liked/loved.

I found quite mild throughout. Until the end.
I’m so repetitive but i literally just love all these books because the endings catch me out!

The main character has to live with another family because her mother committed some awful crimes. The MC doesn’t want to turn out like her mum and tries her hardest to be normal, and live normally.
Thats all im going to say…

If there’s any more books like this please comment below and tell me because i want to read more!


Thank you for reading! Tell me what book/books made you love reading, in the comment section below!

Here are the books mentioned in this post if you fancy reading them too (and if i have not spoiled them for you).

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  • Reply
    29/01/2018 at 7:00 PM

    Hi Charlotte, thanks for visiting The Princess and the Pen. Your blog is wonderful and the posts so engaging! I felt the same about Good Me/Bad Me, I could not put it down! Have you read Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris? I thought it was a page turner as well:-)

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      Charlotte Dawson
      30/01/2018 at 9:45 PM

      You’re welcome thank you for commenting back!
      Good me bad me was so good! And oh ill have to have a look at that one, thanks for the recommendation!


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    30/01/2018 at 8:10 PM

    Jane Eyre is my favourite classic book and I reread it every year. But classics take time to get into, took me ages to read my first one and enjoy it. I read The Major of Casterbridge and A Room With A View in school and although studying them is a pain ( my teacher was great though at reading them!) I enjoyed them when I read them myself. A Room With A View is a book I’ve read a few times and I still remember the notes from school 😅 I’ve been wanting to read Perks of being A Wallflower for a while. and Girl On The Train too has mixed opinions but I will read it one day. I’ve also heard a lot about Rainbow Rowell. I have a big tbr list and a book challenge at the moment but I will get around to read them

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      Charlotte Dawson
      30/01/2018 at 9:50 PM

      I wish i coulg get into classics, i read Daphne Du Maurier Rebecca and i felt like i was forcing it, but in the end, i quite liked it! I will have to try again with Jayne Eyre!

      Girl on the train is very good if you like thriller/more gritty books, i couldnt put it down!

      Rainbow Rowell is just overall a lovely writer who writes lovely stories! I think i will always read her books.


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    Anna @ The Bibliotaph
    31/01/2018 at 6:28 PM

    I’m kind of surprised at how many of these I’ve heard of, but haven’t read. Maybe it’s time to give them a try – especially Eleanor and Park (I’ve been eyeing that one since it came out).
    Love this list! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog:)

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    Anna @ The Bibliotaph
    31/01/2018 at 6:28 PM

    I’m kind of surprised at how many of these I’ve heard of, but haven’t read. Maybe it’s time to give them a try – especially Eleanor and Park (I’ve been eyeing that one since it came out).
    Love this list! Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog:)

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      Charlotte Dawson
      31/01/2018 at 6:45 PM

      I love them all! You should give them a try!

      And yes, Eleanor and Park is one of my faves, its amazing.

      Thank you for visiting my blog too!


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    Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks
    03/02/2018 at 8:40 PM

    Haven’t read a single one of these, even though they are all well known 😀 I’m glad you enjoyed them though… 🙂

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    Bea's Book Nook
    04/02/2018 at 2:25 AM

    I’ve not read any of those. I don’t recall any one book making me love reading. I started reading young and always liked it. school reading was hit or miss but I happily read outside of school assignments for pleasure. I cut my teeth on mysteries and mythology, both courtesy of my mother. We had a ton of books in the house and mom enjoyed reading. I used to check out stacks of books from the town library, the school library, and the army base library.

    Neat idea for a post!

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      Charlotte Dawson
      04/02/2018 at 9:38 AM

      I think school made me hate reading!
      These are just the books that made me realise they arent all that bad haha!

      Thank you for the comment

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