Top Ten Tuesday – Books From My Childhood

Posted March 24, 2015 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 2 Comments

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There are those books I remember loving but know without a doubt I wouldn’t feel half the love I feel for them now (looking at you, Goosebumps) but there are those books read when I was younger that I can look back on fondly and think it would be excellent to re-experience.

Five to Re-Read:

Juniper by Monica Furlong {Purchase}
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White {Purchase}
Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene {Purchase}
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell {Purchase}
Moon Bridge by Marcia Savin {Purchase}

And here are five books I managed to miss reading when I was a kiddo. Better late than never, no?

Five Never Read:

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh {Purchase}
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott {Purchase}
The Witch Of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare {Purchase}
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster {Purchase}
Anything by Judy Blume (Nope, she never wrote a book called Anything. I never actually read anything of hers. I’d love suggestions!)

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Five to Re-Read:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Need I say more?

When the Wind Blows by James Patterson
This was one of the first fully plausible sci-fi books I read (after borrowing from the grown-up bookshelf). While I have always loved stories a bit askew from reality, the story of Max brought it to a whole other level.

Three Beloved Classics collection by E.B. White
So much heart, kindness and knowledge in a spider, a mouse and a swan.

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I can still remember my friend Alisa recommending this book to me in elementary school. It quickly became an instant classic in my world. The last time I read this was shortly before the movie version came out. (Note: Don’t see the movie!)

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
It’s been so long I can barely even remember the basics about this book! What I do remember is that it was imaginative, relatable, heartbreaking, and I loved it.

Five Never Read:

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
One of my friends has been pestering me to read this pretty much since I met her…and I still haven’t gotten around to it. Eek.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Everything I have read, heard or seen about this book seems like it would totally be up my alley.

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
In my defense, I was not a kid any longer when this book was published. That said, I certainly missed out on this book – even if it was only a matter of timing.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
I oh-so-love children’s books with animal protagonists (and I want to be able to watch the movie at some point).

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The summary immediately makes me think of Clue and And Then There Were None – both two things I hold in very high regard.

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2 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Books From My Childhood

  1. Juniper and The Island of the Blue Dolphins very narrowly missed being included on my list this year. I definitely recommend reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond (it was a favorite of mine!) and Little Women. As for Judy Blume, I’ve only read Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and Forever. Worth reading Forever just to understand the impact she’s had on YA lit, I think, though I personally liked Are You There… better.
    Ella Enchanted is quite possibly my favorite childhood book, but I re-read it so frequently that I couldn’t include it on my list! You should read Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH! It’s been a while, but I remember loving having it read to me in elementary school (though I can’t say I’ve watched the film version yet).
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  2. I see some of favorites here! Little Women, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Phanton Tollbooth, Charlotte’s Web — all amazing. As for Judy Blume, there’s a whole generation (or more) of women who entered adolescence with Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret. I haven’t picked it up in a long time, but it was a crucial book for so many people I know!
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