Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Childhood

Posted March 24, 2015 in Reading / 20 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s list is the Top Ten Books from my Childhood I Want to Revisit. As I was making this list, I realized that there are a lot of these that I want to reread. sigh As if my TBR wasn’t long enough already…

The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeAnne of Green GablesA Little Princess
Alice in WonderlandPeter PanInto the Land of the UnicornsHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Daja's BookElla EnchantedIsland of the Blue Dolphins

1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

I love Narnia so much. As a child I climbed into my closet and thought that if I spent enough time waiting, I would end up in Narnia. Sadly, it didn’t happen.

2. Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery

I read a copy of this book to pieces as a child. It literally fell apart in my hands one day. I haven’t gotten a copy to replace it but I have my eye on some very nice editions.

3. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I used to pretend to be Sara Crewe. I loved this story, every bit of it. Sara, Becky, and Emily were great imaginary friends.

4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I always had this weird fascination with Lewis Carroll’s mad land of Wonderland. It was so imaginative and made for a great setting for many imaginary games.

5. Peter Pan by J M Barrie

Peter and Wendy would have topped a list like this when I was a child. My favorite character, however, was Tinkerbell.

6. Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville

Cara, Lightfoot, Dimblethum, and Squijim are great. This was the first unicorn book I read and influenced how I have seen unicorns in other books. I do feel a little sorry for Beloved who didn’t really ask for what happened to her.

7. Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

I don’t think this list could possibly be complete without Harry and company. These books were such a great part of my childhood.

8. Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

This was the first series I read by Tamora Pierce when I found Sandry’s Book on the shelf in my grade school library. I love the way magic works in this world: through ordinary things.

9. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

The book is so very different from the movie. I definitely love the book more. I always believed, and still do, that it would be a terrible “gift” to have to always be obedient. shudders

10. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

It has been quite a while since I read this book. I have memories of rereading this so, so many times as a child.

These are the Top Ten Books from my Childhood I Want to Revisit. Feel free to share yours as well and check out the rest of them at The Broke and the Bookish.


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20 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Books From My Childhood

    • I am pretty sure that almost everyone who has read Narnia wants to go there. Your wardrobe is probably awesome. I only had a built-in closet.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  1. WE ARE SUCH BOOK TWINS! The only books I haven’t read here are Into the Land of the Unicorns and Circle of Magic (though I have read some Tamora Pierce). Little Princess and Narnia were basically my childhood obsessions – my friend and I would act out scenes from Little Princess and I would always be Miss Minchin because I wore a bun. 😛 It was very disappointing.
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    • That is great! Tamora Pierce is awesome. Into the Land of the Unicorns and the sequel, Song of the Wanderer, were both great books. I haven’t reread either in quite a while though.
      My sister and I used to play A Little Princess, especially the parts where Sara and Becky were sharing an attic and receiving all the gifts.
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  2. The Harry Potter series made my list. 🙂 I had forgotten about The Island of the Blue Dolphins. I loved it. Some of these books are on my TBR list, and some I read when I was older. Anne of Green Gables – LOVED! Same for The Chronicles of Narnia. This was an awesome list, and I’m impressed at the books you read as a kid. 🙂
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    • Thanks. My book choices as a child were strongly influenced by my dad’s sisters. They were always buying me (and my sister) books.
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  3. You and my daughter seem to be very much in sync — she adored Tamora Pierce (and re-reads her books regularly), and really loved Into the Land of the Unicorns and Ella Enchanted. I’m a big Harry Potter fan, and love the Narnia books too (although I didn’t read them until I was an adult). I still need to read Anne of Green Gables!! Oh, and I’d love to re-read Island of the Blue Dolphins too. Great list!
    Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 kid/tween/teen books that I’d love to revisit

    • That is pretty awesome. There are quite a few people who haven’t heard of the Unicorn Chronicles which makes me sad. I did manage to encourage one of my students to read Into the Land of the Unicorns this year.
      You’ve never read Anne of Green Gables! You totally need to. Anne and Diana are the best.
      Thanks so much for stopping by.

  4. I’m going to be using Island of the Blue Dolphins in my writing curriculum next year for our homeschool co-op and I’m really excited to read it again! Oh, and my family and I listened to the first few books of The Chronicles of Narnia on audiobook while we were driving for a vacation – we really need to read or listen to the rest!
    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction recently posted…Top Ten Books from My Childhood I Want to Revisit

    • Audiobooks for the Chronicles of Narnia is a great idea. That would give plenty of hours of entertainment for vacation driving. I used to listen to the audio cassettes of Harry Potter when my family went on vacation.
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  5. Oh I loved reading Ella Enchanted! And Narnia was one of my favorite places! I loved it so much that I wrote a short story in which I discovered how to get into Narnia sans a wardrobe. It was so wonderful. And I’m glad the you also have Harry Potter on your list! Yay!

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.
    Alex @ The Book Banner
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