Hi everyone. My name is Steph and I write a Lifestyle Blog called Steph’s World. I usually write about Theatre Reviews, Beauty Products, Baking Recipes, Days Out Ideas, University Tips and Monthly Favourites.
When I got this opportunity to Guest Blog for Womanish Affairs, I knew I had to write something about books. I don’t usually write about books on my blog, but thought this would be a great opportunity. I hope you enjoy my topic of What Books Taught Us growing-up.
What did the Harry Potter books series not teach us? J.K. Rowling put three main lessons throughout the series which were: Stand by your friends, You’re never alone and that you can overcome fear and have courage.
These books aren’t just fantastic but they have taught many young adults about friendship and love.
Books written by Roald Dahl can be a bit strange and scary, but they so actually teach us a good lesson. Not everyone is the same or the ‘norm’ whatever that actually is, and this is shown throughout all of his books. He makes you think that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover like the story of the Big Friendly Giant (BFG).
Also, he teaches us the art of mindfulness. He shows how books help us escape just like Matilda does.
She is most known for writing the Famous Five series which has two main themes very similar to J.K. Rowling, they are to have courage and to work as a team.
I loved Enid Blyton books when I was young as her books took me to another world and the descriptions allowed you to imagine the story perfectly.
I started reading Jacqueline Wilson books as an pre-teen and loved the books. I used to read them with my Mom and for me the books had a strong message about how much our parents/guardians mean to us and how they will always be around for you. Family is important, whether they are biological, adopted or the people you live with.
If you didn’t already know, Roger Hargreaves is the person who wrote all the Little Miss and Mr Men books. When I was young I loved reading these books. They were short and were so colourful. They showed me that everyone is different and that it doesn’t matter whether you fit into the ‘norm’ of society.
The books are somewhat out of times now though in some aspects. One way is that all the characters all live in Misterland, which can be seen as sexist.
These were the five main authors I used to reach for when growing-up and these are the messages I took from them.
Do you agree with any of these points? Also let me know what authors you used to read books by and what you learnt from them. I’d love to know.
Thanks for reading and thank you to Sabah for this amazing opportunity to guest blog for her wonderful blog.
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