What did I read growing up?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. In this week’s post, I’m talking about the books I read growing up. I think this will be such an interesting post to read, especially when us book bloggers hail from all corners of the world!

De Zusjes Kriegel by Marc de Bel
This title translates to The Sisters Kriegel, and it follows three sisters who are completely awful. I can’t actually remember anything about the book, but I remember loving it to death. If I’m not mistaken, the sisters were bullies and complete psychopaths but I still adored this book. Maybe I should reread this as an adult!

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Is there a book lover out there who didn’t relate immensely to Matilda as a child? Obviously, I read the translation growing up as I only spoke Dutch. This is definitely one I want to reread one day.

Wise Child by Monica Furlong
Another book I read translated! I actually remember lending this from the library more than 10 times because I adored the story so much. It follows a girl who starts to live with Juniper, a healer and wise woman. However, the town considers her to be a witch.

Koning van Katoren by Jan Terlouw
I’ve talked about this book before, I’m fairly certain. This is quite a famous children’s book in Belgium and The Netherlands, and it follows a boy who has been given seven impossible tasks to complete in order to become King.

Het Uur Nul by Dirk Bracke
Het Uur Nul, literal translation ‘the hour zero’, was the first Dirk Bracke book I read and it solidified my love for this author. He always tackles taboo topics, and I read every book of his I could get my hands on as a teenager. I wonder how I’d feel about them at this point in my life. Either way, this is about a teenage boy who gets diagnosed with HIV in the 90s.

Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor
I remember borrowing this book from my best friend in my early teens, and falling in love with it. It follows three girls who are chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and is written by a French author of Romanian descent. I really need to hunt down a copy of my own so I can read it again one day. I read this in Dutch, by the way, but it does have an English translation.

Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz
The Alex Rider series started my obsession with Anthony Horowitz as a teen. I still have so many of the Alex Rider novels in Dutch at my parents’ house, and I definitely want to keep them in my collection. They were such a big part of my reading life growing up!

Raven’s Gate (The Gatekeepers #1) by Anthony Horowitz
My love for the Alex Rider series pushed me into trying more of the author’s works, and that’s when I stumbled upon this series. I can vividly recall rereading this series again and again, and never growing bored of it.

Lieve Woordjes by Carl Norac and Claude K. Dubois
This is a series of picture books my mom gave to me as a kid. She still has them in her bookshelves, and I hope to one day take them with me. They hold some of my absolute favorite memories. The title translates to Sweet words, and that’s exactly what this book is: sweet. One of the books follows the little daughter, who gets to stay at home alone for the first time while her parents go out for a few hours. She does all the things she has always wanted, but at the end grows bored and just wants her parents to come back home so she can hug them. It’s adorable.

Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke
A book I was given by my godmother as a child! I remember being so amazed at a world in which people could jump into stories or bring parts of the stories to life by reading out loud. I have so many wonderful memories attached to these!

This was a wonderful trip down memory lane. Growing up in a family that always encouraged me to read has left me with so many beautiful memories to look back on. I’m eternally grateful to my parents and godmother for fostering my love for reading.

Have you read any of these? What did you read growing up?


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11 thoughts on “What did I read growing up?”

  1. Koning van Katoren, how did I forget about that. You know for as far as I am a fantasy reader I am surprised I never stumbled on Inkheart as a young reader.


  2. Marc de Bel, Dirk Bracke and Anthony Horowitz were so prominent during my childhood as well! This was such a fun trip down memory lane, only sad that it made me want to re-read all the books I no longer own 😊


    1. Making this list made me want to go over to my parents’ house and raid their bookshelves, so I can take my old favorites with me.


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