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The 3 books that defined me.

So I’m halfway through reading IT by Stephen King and that will be next week’s post but this week I wanted to do something a little personal. There’s been some books in my life that have defined me as a person and I wanted to go through and look at some of these books with you guys! 

The Saga of Darren Shan.

By Darren Shan.

I first read this book when I was still at school and this was the book that got me into reading. I had seen Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant, the movie based on the books, when I was 12 with a first and at the time I had loved the movie. Then on a family trip to Blackpool we came across a small bookshop and my brother pointed out the book for this film that I loved so much. It was the first 3 books in the series in one book. This was the first book I had ever read by choice and I read it in about 2 days, I loved it so much. I have fond memories of going round all my local libraries trying to find the others (this was before I collected books) trying to find the others. Darren shan became my first ever auto-buy author. 

I later went on to meet the author and do an amazing interview with him. This was the book that woke my love for reading and I will always be thankful for these books. 

A Series of Unfortunate Events

By Lemony Snicket

This series is one of my favourite of all time, I actually have the VFD icon tattooed on my ankle with my favorite quote “the world is quiet here”. I found this book after finishing another book while staying at my brother’s for the weekend, I had nothing else to read so he suggested I read this. I demolished the first three books but didn’t go any further till I was older when I once again demolished them so quickly. I loved them and they will always hold a special place in my life, it constantly makes me think of my brother who I have an amazing relationship with even if he lives in LA now. 

The Diary of a Bookseller

By Shaun Bythell

So If you’ve been on this blog for 5 seconds you’ll know about this book, you’ll know about how much I love this book. This book awoken my love for bookstores and made me so passionate about trying to help and protect them. I got this book when I went to buy This is going to hurt by Adam Key and that book ended up being on the Waterstones buy one get one half price deal along with The Diary of a Bookseller. I even got the amazing chance to go to Wigtown where this book is set. It’s just so amazing. It’s the reason why I started this blog too, wanting to spread my love for independent bookshops. 


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