Top Ten Books from My Childhood that I Love

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Oh childhood favorites, how I love you. I read a lot as a kid. Library day was the best day. School book fairs were a gift from the heavens. I would even make excuses to my friends that my mom or dad wouldn't let me come hang out just so I could finish a book. Yeah reading was a big deal to me. Books were such a major part of my growing up, and even now the books form my childhood still have a huge impact.

1. Shade's Children by Garth Nix
Garth Nix has written many series, but the stand alone Shade's Children will always be my favorite. I have reread this book so many times, and I still just love it. The book is dark and exciting and has characters that really stick with you. Honestly, it would make the best movie.

2. Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
The best. Ever. That's not even sugarcoating it. This book was such an important book in my reading life, and I have such a place in my heart for Ender Wiggin. Ender's Shadow was also the first and best parallel book that I have read. Just amazing.

3. Sweep series by Cate Tiernan
Okay so I totally thought I could be a witch when I was younger. Like really. And I am going to say that it was all this series fault.

4. Everworld series by Katherine Applegate
I inhaled these books. Since they were so thin, I would buy one, and almost by the time we got home, I was done and ready for the next. I loved how the books switched between characters and explored different mythologies.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Oh my heart, this series! I will be honest: I never finished the series, but I would love to some day! But all the same, I loved the magic in the stories and how big and wonderful the world seemed.

6. Ashbury/ Brookfield series by Jaclyn Moriarty
I have already talked about this series, but it was such a good one! All of the Ashbury/ Brookfield books constantly left me laughing too loudly in public places. I actually really want to reread them again soon.

7. Everything Meg Cabot!
I had such a Meg Cabot phase. I couldn't get enough of her books and thank goodness there were lots of them to feed my obsession. My favorites out of all of them were the 1-800-WHERE-ARE-YOU series, the Mediator series, and All American Girl (or what I like to call "The book that got me into ska")

8. Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew
I loved mysteries growing up! I hunted through the school library trying to get all that I could, and I couldn't get enough. Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys were always my favorites. I got a collection of the first five of each as a gift and loved them.

9. Lois Duncan
This woman was a goddess of thrillers to me. I would stay up all night reading them and then continue to stay up thinking about all the twists and details. I still have never read her famous I Know What You Did Last Summer but I loved Ransom, The Third Eye, Locked in Time, and Stranger with my Face.

10. Simon Pulse's Romantic Comedies
My heart might mostly be filled with paranormal, fantasy, and thriller, but I have a special place for romantic comedies. While not exactly masterful works of art, Simon Pulse's romantic comedies (recognizable by the cartoony covers) were so fun and adorable! My favorites: 30 Guys in 30 Days, She's Got the Beat, and A Novel Idea.

What are some of your childhood favorites? Have you read some of mine?

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  1. Nice list of books!! I've only read the 1st novel in the Narnia series.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    Happy reading!!

    1. Thank you! The first one is the best one so that is all good. The next three book (the only other ones that I've read) are great too but The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is gold star material.

  2. Hahahahaha I remember Simon Pulse's romances! (I think I have a few of them myself!) I am a HUGE Meg Cabot fan, and cannot wait for her adult additions to the Princess Diaries and Mediator series to come out!

    Cristina @ Girl in the Pages

    1. I am so excited about Meg Cabot's adult additions too! I didn't even know about the new Mediator one coming out until today! Seriously the best news I've heard in a while. So psyched for them!

  3. I completely forgot about adding Everworld to my list! Those were the best - I'll definitely have to reread them. :)

    Check out my TTT.

    1. I loved that series! Since I thought about it today, I can't get them out of my mind. I might have to do a reread too!

  4. Oh, BOOK FAIRS! They were the best. Because not only did they have books (like the Scholastic book orders that probably made my parents' bank account cry), but they had SWAG before it was a thing! Memories!

    I think I read the first Narnia book, but none of the others on your list. But it is a wonderful list, I am glad you enjoyed them all so much :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    1. Yes the swag! I remember each year there was always a different trend about what kids would go for. One year: yo yos. Next: character and animal erasers. I bet the parents hated that stuff. "We sent them to buy books and they came back with a million gel pens..."

      If you have to read just one Narnia book, then I'm glad it was The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It is the best! Thank you.

  5. I never read the 1800 series from Meg Cabot, but boy was she a stable in so many people's childhood reads! I totally remember reading the Princess Diaries and waiting for my dad to tell me he was actually the King of some country!

    1. I was such a fan of Princess Diaries too! When I was a kid, there were only two options in life: surprise royal heritage or hogwarts letter.