Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish featuring a new top ten list each week. Everyone can participate- head on over to their blog and sign up.

For this week’s topic we are featuring our childhood faves. I read a lot as a kid, so I had a hard time narrowing down the list. Some of these books would be considered YA now, but I don’t think we called it that back then. Most of these I have not read again as an adult, but I have great memories of them.

In no particular order, these are some of the books I treasured as a child:

2. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene – This series got me interested in mysteries, and I collected several of them.

3. The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis – Probably my first fantasy book, and I think I also liked that a character shared my name.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald DahlI’m sure I wished I could have found a golden ticket so I could try all those yummy treats at the chocolate factory.

5. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume – I devoured all of Judy Blume’s YA books, and she really got me hooked on reading. This is the book that started it all, but I loved all of them like:Β  Deenie, Forever, Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great, etc.

6. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg – I really wanted to run away and live in the Met like the kids in this book. It seemed like such a fun adventure.

7. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton – Loved the book and the movie. Great characters, and a moving story.

8.The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Sweet and magical, and I loved the garden escape.

9. A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle – I guess this is one of my first Science Fiction books,Β  and I liked the story a lot, even though some of the themes probably went over my head.

10. I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan – I never saw the movie version, and wanted to keep my memories of this YA horror intact.

Honorable mentions go to : Go Ask Alice, The Hobbit, A Little Princess, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Little House

What are your favorite childhood reads?


15 thoughts on “Top Ten Childhood Favorites

  1. fishgirl182 says:

    Totally forgot about mixed up files. That’s a great book. I loved Nancy drew, too. I am afraid to reread them in case the dont stand the test of time. Fun list!

  2. Loved, loved, loved Nancy Drew. I need to go read all the classics I missed.

  3. readerbuzz says:

    Such a good list. Lois Duncan wrote (writes?) such scary books and everybody wants to read scary, for some reason!

    Here’s my Top Ten!

  4. Little Women is my favourite!

  5. Claire says:

    Yay for Nancy Drew! If you loved the book of I Know What You Did Last Summer, then don’t bother with the movie. I went movie -> book, but the movie is a standard 90s slasher while the book is more of a thriller. Had I gone book -> movie I probably would have been horrified by the changes. Although bizzarely they kept the names which always sounded odd in a 90s movie.

    My Top Ten is here if you’d like a look πŸ™‚

    1. Lucy says:

      Thanks for giving me the low down on the movie. That is weird that they kept the names. Yeah, I think I’ll take your advice and skip it.

      The Nancy Drew movie was not too bad though.

  6. Excellent choices – we share one!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. πŸ™‚

  7. Loved The Outsiders! And that Hidden Staircase cover TOTALLY brought back memories of reading it!! πŸ™‚

    Michele | Top 10

  8. Gone Pecan says:

    these are great! i loved little women, but i didn’t read it until i was older. judy blume is amazing. i especially love the covers of all those older ya books, so cheesy. πŸ™‚

  9. Are You There God was one of my first grown up chapter books! I remember reading lol, and wondering what a period was hahahahahaha.

    So many awesome books on your list! I love that Nancy Drew has a spot here.

    1. Lucy says:

      Yeah, I hear you about Are You There God. I had the same questions and definitely got confused when they mentioned buying pink belts to go with sanitary napkins lol!

      1. Miss Anderson says:

        That part confused me as well! I don’t think I realized that I was reading it 15+ years after it was written. I also didn’t get why ANYONE in her right mind would wear loafers (they’ve since come back into style).

  10. Zo says:

    A Wrinkle in Time was one I thought about for my list, too…but my memories of it were even vaguer than of some of the other ones I chose! I don’t think I ever read any Nancy Drew when I was a kid, but remember being enchanted by The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and wanting to be one of the March girls…

  11. Kristin says:

    How could I forget ‘Little Women’? I love love love that one! There’s a few on your list I’ve never read – I might have to add them to my overfilled To Be Read shelf. THanks for stopping by today!

  12. I Know What You Did Last Summer! Holy Cow! Such a good book! It’s amazing, reading other people’s lists, how many books I forgot. But this is a great list. I would have put The Secret Garden on my list, except I really only watched the movie…oops!

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