Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday (2): Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week a new Top Ten list topic is posted and book bloggers fill in their own choices.  I'm a list girl (as in, I don't function without them), so I thought this would be a good choice for me!  I'm excited for this week's topic because I was the type of kid who always had her nose in a book...

Top Ten Childhood Favorites
(in no particular order)
*click the title for a Goodreads synopsis of each book*

1.  Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling~ My grandmother used to read this book to me when I was little.  I still have the copy she bought for me for Christmas in 1981, when I was 6 years old and now I read it to my three children.

2.  Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, etc. by L.M. Montgomery~ I discovered this book series when I was in 3rd grade and I devoured them in order.  I think I related to Anne because I was a handful as a child as well.  I've read the first two books at least a half-dozen times over the years.  Gilbert Blythe was my first book crush.

3.  Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great,  Superfudge, etc. by Judy Blume~ Sadly, I found out there was no Santa because of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, but I still love this series.  Another one that I've read several times over the years.

4.  Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Brave, Ramona the Pest, etc. by Beverly Cleary~ Another series I couldn't get enough of.  I've read these to all of my children, and they love them as much as I did.  Timeless!

5.  Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume~ I was raised by a single dad, and was an early bloomer to boot.  Thank God for this book!

6.  The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner~ I used to fantasize about living a a boxcar in the woods.  I had every last detail of my boxcar imagined.  Most kids fantasized about living in a mansion, my dream house was a boxcar.

7.  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett~ I learned the meaning of the word "contrary" from reading this book.  As a child, my aunt would always say I was "contrary" and I always thought she was complimenting me.  I was stunned in 2nd grade when I read this and found out otherwise.  LOL

8.  Flowers In the Attic by V.C. Andrews~ I started reading her books the summer between 3rd and 4th grades (my parents clearly didn't censor my reading material) when I was old enough to ride my bike the 6 blocks  to the library and pick my own books.  While not technically a children's book, it was still a favorite.

9.  The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis~ A no brainer.  I'm sure a great many lists this week will have this series.  I read these over and over and over.

10.  A  Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle~ I adore her books, and I read this one over and over until it fell apart.  I still have my cover-less copy somewhere...

11.  The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien~ I couldn't have this list without this one, so I had to add an 11th book..  Still a favorite that I read from time to time.

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  1. What a fantastic List! I have either read most of these books, or have them as a Must Read! I read the VC Andrews books as a teen, and cannot believe that I devoured them and read so many of them.... much to my shame! ;)
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  2. I read a few of V.C. Andrews books as a pre-teen. My Sweet Audrina was my favorite.
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  3. Your list reminded me of so many other favourites- books by Beverly Cleary, L.M. Montgomery, and V.C. Andrews! I was partial to the Casteel series.

    @ Sandra- I read My Sweet Audrina multiple times. What a strange story, though!

  4. You've got a lot of books on your list that I wish I had read: Anne of Green Gables, Judy Blume books, Narnia... I did read Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing last year with a reading student of mine, so that makes me feel better! Haha. Thanks for visiting my blog today!

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  5. great selection. I loved all the Nancy Drew books.

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  6. Awesome list!
    I loved Beezus and Ramona too! Such great characters.

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  7. That's how I learned about "contrary" too! My mom handed me Are You There God when I was about 10 and I was mortified when I read it. I appreciate it now though. Great list!

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  8. Oooh, great list! I think we had similar tastes as a kid, and I completely agree about The Boxcar Children! I could imagine it perfectly :). Here’s my Top Ten Childhood Favorites post! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

  9. It's pretty blasphemous for me to admit, but I actually don't think I've ever read Judy Blume!! :O (i know, i know...)

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  10. Anne of Green Gables is such a wonderful book, and Narnia was at the top of my childhood reading list as well. Thanks for reminding me of these enduring classics!

  11. You've included so many I forgot or didn't have room for, like The Secret Garden, V.C. Andrews (which I probably shouldn't have been reading), Narnia, etc!


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