GUEST POST: Sister Spooky picks her Top Ten!

It’s always nice to have someone else write a blog post for me… The amazingly talented YA Blogger Sister Spooky, who runs her own book blog over at, was kind enough to discuss her very own top ten books that “Made Her”, tying in with the current Waterstones campaign! Here’s what she had to say.

Sister Spooky herself!

Sister Spooky herself!

The Book that made me love reading

Matilda by Roald Dahl


I read this when I was a child and completely bonded with the character of Matilda as a book loving outsider with a sense of adventure and desire to do big things in her life.  I wanted to be her so much and I still think of her as a hero.

The Book that made me want to feel everything

Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky


Oh God! This Book! SOOOO MANY FEELINGS!  I said I hadn’t read this book and C.J.Skuse told me “it was sorted” and then it arrived in the post.  I can’t stop thanking C.J. for sending me this book.  It’s one of those books that stay with you forever.  It’ll change the way you think about books and the power of the written word.


The book that made me wish every day was a Sunday

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson


Calvin and Hobbes was introduced to me last year and the person who handed me this world will always get a hug from me.  Perfect Sunday reading, funny for any age and has that simple bit of childhood you always try to recapture as a grown up in one lovely collection.


The Book that made me realise that YA could think big

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman


I read this book some time ago, way before I even heard of book blogging and couldn’t believe how powerful it was.  The story had BIG ideas and messages to give the reader and I realised after reading it that books could say important things as well as entertain.


The Book that made me want to be an adventurer again

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve


A truly special book from a writer that needs to be knighted (thus why I refer to him as Sir Reeve).  A book full of adventure that made me want to have that bit of adventure in my life again and want to be an adventurer in my own way.


The Book that made me grow up

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4 by Sue Townsend


When I was a young teen I was still stuck reading children’s books and wanted something grown up and my Mum gave me this having read it as a teenager herself.  It was the book I read and loved straight away and shocked me that I enjoyed reading something from a boy’s POV.  Plus it made me want to grow up into the teenage years and know things would likely be rubbish at times but you survive.


The Book that made me think outside the box

The Man by Raymond Briggs


I didn’t realise that there were such things as graphic novels when I was younger and I read this thinking it was just a picture book.  This is what I’d call a graphic novel for those that need a starting ground into that world.  It’s a story of a very small man that is grumpy and old and cared for by a boy.  It’s sad, funny and beautifully illustrated.  It’s the book that made me realise that you don’t have to read traditionally written books to find real stories.  Pictures can speak just as much as words do.


The Book that made my childhood

Winnie The Pooh by A.A.Milne


I adore Winnie the Pooh.  He taught me life lessons and not to try and squeeze through holes for fear of being stuck.  It taught me about love, friends, being brave and being sad, then happy again.  I will always love Pooh Bear.


The Book that made my heart of stone crack

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


I read this book not really expecting much from it because I’d been given a copy as a gift and didn’t know much about it.  This book is such genius and utterly moving that it made me tear up.  I’m a hard nut to crack so for me to admit to reacting like this to a book is a MASSIVE deal.  It’s told from the perspective of Death and about the life of a child in Nazi Germany and the horrors that unfolds.  Read it with tissues to hand.


The Book that made me love the fact I was a blogger

Geekhood by Andy Robb

Geekhood andy robb

I had to put this one in here because not only is it very funny and a contemporary book but it sort of changed the blogging game for me.  It was the first book I was ever quoted in, the first book I felt so passionate about that I shouted about it in every way I could and it was the first book I read as a proof and saw something special and thought “I have to get on board with this one”.  Everyone I’ve recommended it to have come back to me to say it was brilliant and I feel sort of pleased I could help support a new writer with my blog and see the feedback on it.


I’d like to thank Sister Spooky for taking part & scouring her brains for her top ten books that made her!

Again, her brilliant blog is over at, or you can find her on Twitter (@SisterSpooky)!

As always, feel free to discuss your books, both here, on Twitter (Hashtag #tbtmm) or on the Waterstones microsite!

Until next time!


P.S. My own Top Ten


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