Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. It was created because of their love of lists, and I myself love lists as well. Everyone is welcome to join in, and don't worry if you can't think of 10 - just do as many as you can. And of course, be sure to link back to TBATB (and leave me a link here too!) on your post!

What are your Top Ten Childhood Faves?

Heckety Peg by Audrey Wood: This is a fairytale-esk book that is slightly paranormal, and pretty dark for a kid's story. It has all things that are good about fairy-tales: Witches, misbehaving children, magic, fire, and gold. Lot's of gold. It's a good fairytale with good lessons, but it's also creepy and fun I will definitely read this one to my kids.

Mudpie Books by Guy Gilcrist. From Eating Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches in trees to dealing with a baby sister, these books were hands down my favorite. My brother and I would literally go out and eat PB&J's in our tree-house after reading this book. It is a such a simple book, but I will definitely save them and read them to my kids when they are little as well.

Shell Silversteen has to be on a lot of people's lists. I'm not a big fan of poetry now, but when I was a little kid, I totally adored Where the Sidewalk Ends, and all of Shell's other books. If all poetry was like his, I might still like it. lol

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar. I don't even remember what it was about these books that I liked. I don't remember anything about them other than they were my favorite books when I was around 8 or 9. I even remember what section and shelves in my library where they were because I read them so many times.

Goosebumps by R.L.Stine. I think R.L.Stine singlehandedly converted masses and masses of kids into horror addicts. I think Stephen Kind probably has R.L.Stine to thank for a lot of his younger readers. After being traumatized by Curly the Skeleton, and that creepy Ventriloquist Dummy, us young-uns needed to fill a void that pretty much only Stephen King and Dean Koontz can fill. I was SO terrified by quite a few of the books. I remember " Welcome to Dead House" was particularly traumatic. Still, I doubt I would love scary stories and the paranormal as much if I hadn't read goosebumps.

Animorphs by K.A. Applegate. Believe it or not, but before Animorphs, I refused to read any books whose main characters were boys. I don't know if I thought that reading about guys would give me cooties or something...but I refused to do it. Finally I was forced to read about guy MC's because I thought the whole idea of animorphs was coolest thing ever. I still think this series is one of the best Alien/Shifter series of all time, even though it is for younger children. I was actually very upset with the ending, so I won't read them again, but I totally adored them. Still do in fact.

The Little House Books by Laura Ingalls-Wilder. I absolutely adored these books. They were the only books that I had at my lake-house. My family would spend weekends there during the winter, and I would get so bored. I re-read this series over and over again to keep from going crazy. They are pretty timeless. I know people who read them 30 years ago and still enjoy them. I haven't read them for quite some time, but I wouldn't hesitate to read them to my kids. 

The Babysitter's Club by Ann M. Martin. Everything I learned about boys, school, friends, and life, I learned from the girls in the Babysitter's Club...at least until I grew up and actually learned what life was like. They were great books. I remember checking 15 of them out from the library at once because I just couldn't get enough of them. They were funny and helpful and just good reads for older kids and pre-teens. 

The Babysitter's Club Little Sister by Ann M. Martin. Basically Babysitter's Club Light. It takes place in elementary school and does the same thing for that age group that Babysitter's Club did for middle-schoolers and early high-schoolers. 

The #1 Childhood Favorite? 
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Aslan. The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe. 'nuff said. 


  1. I forgot about Goosebumps! I loved those books so much I even moved on to Stine's Fear Street series. Loved Animorphs as well. I have a couple of these on my list as well. Great choices!

    Here's mine: http://feministfairytalereviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-ten-tuesday-4-childhood-favorites.html

  2. WOAH, totally forgot about Heckedy Peg. I loved that book too!! And of COURSE I loved Sideways Stories from Wayside School ... I read that book so many times!

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  3. I'm 41 years old so my childhood favorites are sometimes bit different than people who are younger than me. lol

    My mom had an old 1930's book called Little Boy Blue and His Friends, that I loved when she would read to me. I found the same book in my mom's things when she passed away this past June and was so thrilled she still had it.

    But my favorite book was Where the Wild Things Are. lol

  4. SQUEE! Oh my goodness, I have no idea how many hours I've spent in my life on Goosebumps and Babysitters books! And then you go and mention Narnia... oh my goodness. Can I LIVE there? I loved Aslan so much as a kid I cried happy tears whenever I read about him, or saw him in the BBC series!

  5. I was totally mesmerized by Where the Sidewalk Ends as a kid. And The Babysitter's Club had me wanting to be an actual babysitter. Thanks for bring on a mad case of nostalgia. :)

  6. ANIMORPHS! Those books are so amazing, haha. I think I still have one or two of them in our garage somewhere. I should re-read them, lol