Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic: Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit
One of the best feelings in the world is stumbling upon that old favorite book or story of your younger years. Revisiting the tales of our youth and the novels that kept us up late at night, ignoring your parental figure’s plea to please turn off the lights and go to sleep.
This week, Lyn and Pixie share their top books that need a reread after years collecting dust on the selves.
1. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
I spent hours and hours pouring over this series. I don’t even know what happened to all of my books, but I’m seriously considering buying a collection of them again.
2. Goosebumpbs by R.L. Stine
What more is there to say? Goosebumps rocked my socks. Those were the horror books before I really wanted “real horror.” Nonetheless, they gave just enough campy and creepy, I couldn’t get enough. Also, that one about the doll/dummy that came to life, and later was developed into the television movie? Yeah, that never left my memory. LOL.
3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
I don’t remember much about this book, to be honest. I just remember reading it early in middle school and loving it a whole lot–and always being attracted to the cover. Maybe I should pick this up again one day for a refresher.
4. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
One of my favorite childhood classics. Before teen years, I was reading classics like these–and this was my favorite. I read it probably a hundred times. Haha. But I probably haven’t picked it up since I was nine or ten years old.
5. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
This basically started my odd fascination in WW2 and The Holocaust. After I had to read this book in middle school and watch the film, I wanted to do nothing but learn everything about that time in history. It scared the hell out of me. It still scares me.
1. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I could remember staying up until 3am reading this book over the summer. I was on the couch in the living room, under a sheet with the windows open (hey, we lived in the country with no central cooling), and I tried to cry as softly as I could, so I wouldn’t wake my sister in the room with me. I would love to revisit this book and actually finish the series. Comparing notes from a 20 year span would make for a great review.
2. The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
This book was the first book to scare the LIVING HELL out of me! I was so afraid to leave my mom in the grocery store when I finished this novel. I was so certain I was going to be abducted. And I was 11!
3. The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger
Kinda cheating here, since I did reread this one in 2010, but this was my favorite book in 4th grade. I was so thrilled to read about a fat, unpopular girl, looking out at the world with a hint of sarcasm and a dash of snark. I was struggling with self image starting in the 3rd grade, so picking up a book with a gal that wasn’t tiny and precious was a huge breakthrough for me. Marcy was my hero.
4. There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Cheating again. I reread this one in 2010 as well. I just love this book. I loved that the main character was a disgusting, misunderstood guy with a huge imagination, and that played out a parallel life with his animals. I felt a kinship with Bradley.
5. My Darling, My Hamburger by Paul Zindel
This one was one of the oddest, saddest novels I read in 6th grade. I believe that I would find it more interesting as an adult. It was just over my head in my younger years.
What books do you want to reread from your childhood? Do you miss the old, corny covers of your youth? Leave a comment!