top ten tuesday: favorite books from my childhood

Top Ten TuesdayIt’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by the lovely blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in X Genre. We’re allowed to pick the genre, so I’ve decided to choose my favorite books from my childhood- mostly from before middle school. In no particular order:

  1. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg. I actually still own the copy of this book that I bought when I was in third grade. I reread it almost every summer, and I absolutely love it! It’s a fun summer camp story that was enjoyable years ago and even more enjoyable to read now.
  2. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. I read this with my reading enrichment group in fifth grade, and very recently I realized that it was the same author of Hunger Games! I just never put two and two together, I guess. This was action-packed and still had the elements of fantasy that I loved.
  3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read this book in fifth grade as well, although I’m not sure how much of the overall meaning I actually got from it. But I fell in love with the elves, dwarves, and especially the hobbits, which led me to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy early on in middle school.
  4. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. As you’ve probably already noticed, a was a bit of a fantasy lover when I was a kid. I credit the beginning of the obsession to the wonderful Harry Potter series, which I started when I was in second or third grade. Again, I didn’t really get the full impact of the story until I reread it later on, but I got the general idea. I was fascinated by the prospect of this magical school where it seemed like anything was possible with the wave of a wand. My fascination with it has hardly changed since then. 🙂tumblr_n1gwd3azdu1ttj3t7o1_500
  5. The BFG by Roald Dahl. I had the best teacher for fourth and fifth grade (yes, she taught my class for both years) and she used to read us the best books. One of them that I still remember quite well was The BFG. It was such a fun story, and even though she read it to us multiple times I never tired of hearing it.
  6. The House on Hackman’s Hill by Joan Lowery Nixon. This was another book that she used to read to us. It was fairly creepy (I mean, to a fourth grader. Not sure if I would find it so creepy now) and I remember being secretly scared every time she read it. But for some reason this made me like it even more!
  7. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I read these books all throughout elementary school, and for some time I actually wanted to live in a log cabin in the middle of the woods. I’m pretty sure that I would fail at living in the wild, though.
  8. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene. I loved this series because there were so many books! I could read and read and when I went to the library there was always another one waiting for me. I didn’t read all of them (there are more than fifty, I think) but did read quite a few. The mysteries kept me guessing and I loved Nancy as a protagonist.
  9. Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. Did anyone else read these fun, quirky little books? I remember laughing out loud as I read them- the trouble Junie B. got herself into was just too funny!
  10. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. This book was first read to me in third grade, and then I read it by myself later on. I wanted to have a magical world just like the two main characters had, and then the ending- THE ENDING. I still remember how shocked I was that such a great story could suddenly have such a sad ending.

I’ve always been an avid reader, so this list was quite easy to make- and there are so many more that I could talk about! It’s so fun to revisit all of these stories that I grew up with. Maybe I’ll do a larger post on it in the future?

What are your favorite books from your childhood? Did you like to read as a kid, or did you develop your love of books later on? Let me know in the comments section below!




13 thoughts on “top ten tuesday: favorite books from my childhood

  1. I read your blog header and I about exploded with joy! A fellow Whovian and Sherlockian! And I also like Harry Potter. 🙂
    Great list! 🙂


    1. YAY! I love hearing from other Whovians and Sherlockians! Have you seen the third season of Sherlock yet? I’ve seen the first two episodes of the third season, but not the last episode.
      Thanks! 🙂


      1. I saw the third season last weekend. I didn’t like it as much but it was still good. What’s your opinion so far?


  2. My mom gave me all her Nancy Drew books as a kid and I never read them. I’m ashamed, not only because I don’t know where they are now, but I missed out because I was interested in other things at the time.


    1. I hope you like it! If you do, there is also a companion novel called Silent to the Bone that is excellent as well (but Outcasts is still my favorite). Thanks for commenting! 🙂


  3. I loved Nancy Drew too, she was the coolest heroine as a kid, definitely one of my favorite role models. And of course I loved the Hobbit and the Harry Potter series a ton too. Let’s see, I think I would add to my list A Series of Unfortunate Events and His Dark Materials and the Inkheart trilogy. You can tell I had a thing for fantasy! 😉 Great list Holly! 🙂


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