While I was looking through my Goodreads ‘read’ shelf for a Top Ten Tuesday topic, I came across multiple books I read as a child (or in my early teens). I often feel like I can’t share them here because my blog is English-based while those books are all in Dutch. If you didn’t know, I’m Belgian and Dutch is my first language.
I’ll say that I read most of these books between the ages of 10 and 14 or 15?
I have such vivid memories of reading some of these books though. They are what sustained my love for reading while growing up, and I don’t want to neglect that. There are some books I remember adoring as a kid or teen, but I haven’t read them since. In the past few years, I’ve grown a lot as a reader. I think I’m more critical of my books, and pay more attention to what I’m reading, instead of only rating on how much I enjoyed reading it (not that that is bad or I never do that anymore -just less). So I want to re-read some of my childhood favorites, to see whether I still love them to this day, and would still recommend them to others.
How to Become King by Jan Terlouw // This is a translation of the Dutch book Koning van Katoren. I read this book (in Dutch) multiple times as a child. It’s about a boy who wants to win the crown after the king dies. The Ministers don’t want him to be king, so they give him seven impossible tasks. If he manages to complete them, they’ll crown him king.
The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor // One of my childhood friends also loved to read. She had the Dutch translation of this book, and lent it to me to read. I believe this book was originally written in Romanian (since the author is Romanian) so the English version is a translation too. It’s about three girls called Jade, Opal and Amber who are chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy.
Cirque du Freak by Darren Shan // I remember picking this up at a school book fair in elementary school and then trying to collect the entire series. I adored this series as a kid. If you don’t know it, it’s about this boy who visits a freak show and then gets sucked into the paranormal world, and becomes the vampire’s assistant.
Zij en Haar by Dirk Bracke // I was 10 when this book was released, although I think I only read it a few years later. I read a lot of Dirk Bracke’s book as a child/teenager. This book (literally translates to She and Her) is about a girl called Eve who is trying to figure out her sexuality. I remember loving this, but I’m seeing very mixed reviews on it here. So I’m wondering what I’ll think of it now that I’m older…
The Dark Mirror (Bridei Chronicles #1) by Juliet Marillier // I remember lending this trilogy from my local library multiple times. I was in love with the character of Bridei. Weirdly enough, I can barely remember anything about this trilogy aside from the fact that it’s about Druids. REALLY need to re-read this one!
Het Uur Nul by Dirk Bracke // This one literally translates to The Hour Zero. It was published in 1996, and is about a boy called Ben. Ben’s a pretty average teenager who hangs out with his friends, falls in love, smokes every now and then, etc. Until his doctor tells him he’s HIV positive. Not going to lie, this is a sad book. But I want to read it again anyway.
Het Engelenhuis by Dirk Bracke // Another Dirk Bracke book on this list. As a teenager, I loved his books. He wrote about things people didn’t really like to think or talk about or consider(ed) taboo. This one (translates literally to The Angels’ House) is about a girl called Bo (15). Her family is quite poor, and she can’t afford the things her friends have. Then she meets a girl in her neighborhood who always has expensive stuff. She becomes an escort. To her, it’s an easy job that makes a lot of money. Until it spirals out of control, and she ends up in a youth institution. They also made a movie adaptation of this book which is called Bo.
Wise Child (Doran #1) by Monica Furlong // I was obsessed with this book when I was a kid. It’s set in medieval Scotland, and we follow nine-year-old Leana, an orphan girl. Juniper offers to raise her, but Leana is somewhat afraid of her since the entire village believes her to be a witch. I ADORED THIS BOOK. It’s the one book on this list I really need to get to soon.
Have you read any of these books? Which books did you read growing up, and do you want to re-read them at some point?