It’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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 🙂
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!