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World Book Day 2016

World Book Day is a much loved day of the year every year for avid readers. Whether it be school pupils waiting until that magical moment where they can trade their World Book Day tokens they got in school for free books or if its the adults reading Harry Potter again and again, it is always a much loved day every year.

Here are my top 5 reads:

The Iron King:

It is a series about a young girl called Meghan Chase who grows up in the mortal world but knows nothing about the world in which she actually comes from. Her father went missing when she was only 6 years of age and when her brother gets stolen she finds out about the world in which she comes from. She finds out she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and learns how far she will go to save a loved one. I love this series because it is well written and fast paced. I love any books to do with magic/fantasy and this is a series which has really intrigued me. It makes me interested in the characters and want to know what happens next for these characters. Each book in the series goes from a different character’s perspective and I feel this is one of the major draws to the series as it makes you fall in love with more than one of the characters and you learn what they are like from their point of view.

Harry Potter:

In my opinion, Harry Potter is an absolute classic. It is clear to say that the Harry Potter series, both the books and the films have been a huge phenomenon amongst the young and mature. It is a series which has widely enchanted much of the world. It all started with a woman with a dream of writing. Before Harry Potter, J.K Rowling was a single mother trying to make ends meet to look after her young daughter. The Harry Potter book series was rejected by many publishers before Bloomsbury made an offer.

I first found out about the Harry Potter series when the second film came out in the cinema. The Harry Potter series quickly captivated an audience and soon became one of my favourite series. After I watched the first film I began to be hooked by the Harry Potter series. Since then I went on to read all the books as they came out. I remember the highly anticipated wait for the films when reading each book. When the films did come about, there were many areas that fans felt were left out such as Peeves the poltergeist.

I think my one of my favourite things about the series as I was growing up was that Harry Potter felt like an escape from reality when the world was too much. Through the books, J.K Rowling has created, let’s face it, a world in which a lot of people would love to live in. The Half Blood Prince would probably be my favourite book out the series since I think it was one of the best crafted ones and I loved the way it was conveyed on screen. I think that Emma Watson was one of the best people to be cast in the film adaptions.

All I know Now:

All I know now by Carrie Hope Fletcher is a fantastic read that is highly inspirational to not just teenagers, but also adults. Carrie conveys what she wants to bring across really well and writes in a way that is helpful to many people struggling through similar issues from what Carrie has been through. I would highly recommend that teenagers and even young adults should read All I know now at least once in their lifetimes, they might even learn a thing or two. Despite the fact that Carrie is only a few years older than me, I look up to her and she has an amazingly lovely fanbase.

City of Bones:

Before reading City of bones I had wondered what all the fuss was about but once I began to read the series I understood all. Cassandra has an effortless way of writing which just entices you into the series. Right from the very start I was hooked on the series. I am currently reading the last book in the series: City of heavenly fire and I can honestly say it is one of the most well written and interesting book series in which I have read. I have been enticed from the beginning and curious about everything such as Jace and Clary’s relationship right through to finding out who her father was and everything ever since. I would highly recommend this series.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl:

I’ll admit that I haven’t actually read this book yet but it is on my list because I am a fan of paranormal books/films. I like the idea that this book was actually based off a YouTube channel because it is unusual/different and not normally what would happen before a book is actually published. I am excited to see what will entail within the book and watch the Youtube channel.

World Book Day is not only avid readers splashing out on the latest addition to their bookshelves, it is also parents competing to create the best outfit for their children who will, for the day be going to school dressed as their favourite book characters!

When I was a kid, unfortuantely there wasn’t the option in either of the Primary Schools I attended to go dressed as your favourite book character on World Book Day. While many parents have the task of getting their kids an outfit in time for World Book Day, I’d like to list a few ideas that I would go as if I was a kid again for a day:

Hermione Granger:

Face it, there are a lot of girls/women who would love the chance to be Hermione for the day. A few years ago on Halloween I actually went as Hermione for a fundraiser I attended. With a poorly put together outfit that included a Dracula cloak because I couldn’t afford the actual thing I would love the chance to be able to do it properly. The official Harry Potter cloaks actually cost around £80 these days, which is a lot of money for a once a year day, and besides, a year later you aren’t likely to dress as the same character!

Matilda:

I think its safe to say that having the same abilities as Matilda was something that would be the dream of a lot of children back when I was growing up. Better beware of Mrs Trunchbull though!

Dorothy:

The wizard of oz was always a classic for me while growing up so I feel that I would of loved the chance to go to school dressed as Dorothy for the day. Who wouldn’t like the adventure of a life-time to a separate, magical world which could make you temporarily forget about the real world? The Wizard of Oz was always an escape from reality for me and a series that I have continued to love, time and time again!

What is your favourite book? And, if you had that chance again, what book character would you want to dress as for World Book Day? Let me know in the comments below!

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