I hope that The Roman and the Runaway is a more complex read than the Malory Towers series, but there’s no denying that those books did have a big influence on me when I was young. I went through a Jennings phase, too, I recall. Perhaps those early memories have stayed with me.
As far as other influences go, I would have to single out Diana Wynne Jones as the one author whose children’s books have been a constant presence on my bookshelf and in my hands ever since I first read Charmed Life in the late 1970s. Indeed, it is thanks to Diana Wynne Jones that I ever read anything apart from Enid Blyton (my poor mother was starting to despair!).
My tastes have got slightly more eclectic since then. I’ve been trying to keep a log of my reading on the LibraryThing website. This holds details and reviews of all the books I’ve read since emigrating to Canada in June 2007. I’ve got 87 books on there at the moment. Which works out at around 2.5 books a month. I still get most of my books from public libraries but I suspect my reading rate was much higher when I was a child, even though these days I could probably afford to buy more than one book a month!