Top Ten Tuesday – Childhood Favourites
The Broke and the Bookish are currently taking a little Top Ten Tuesday Hiatus, so I decided to look back through the past topics and pick one that was relevant. In light of my last post about Building a Library for my Daughter, I have chosen Top Ten Childhood Favourites as this weeks topic!
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling
I was 7 years old, and my teacher at school noticed I was bored with all the reading material for my age group. I had always been ahead with my reading. So she took me up to the librarian and asked if she had any suggestions for me. The librarian left to look through the shelves and a few minutes later came back with this.
I wish I could remember her name, so I could track her down and thank her for giving me the gift of Harry Potter. For handing me this book when I was 7 and opening up a whole new world that would shape me and teach me in ways I didn’t think a book could.
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
I was absolutely obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson growing up. She was probably my first “instabuy author”. Every Birthday and Christmas, you could guarantee there was a book by Wilson in amongst the gifts.
But out of all the Jacqueline Wilson books I read growing up, I remember this one being one of the few that I read over and over. And in writing this post I have discovered that they turned it into a TV Movie… definitely watching that asap!
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
After I had been introduced to Harry Potter, I literally fell head over heels in love with reading, and I would read whatever I could get my hands on. At around the age of 8, I found an old copy of Treasure Island on the bookshelf in our living room. I picked it up and took it to my room and devoured it.
It was so full of adventure, suspense and excitement, and I really felt like I was along for the ride. To this day, this is still one of my favourite books of all time.
The Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine
If you were a 90’s kid and you didn’t love Goosebumps… you seriously missed out. There was nothing more exciting that getting a new Goosebumps book, specially if it was a Choose Your Own Adventure book.
Having a book with so many possible plots and endings was so much fun, as it felt like the possibilities were endless. Not to mention that they were scary. Nothing more thrilling than a little bit of terror.
Reader Beware, You’re In For A Scare
The Babysitters Club Series by Ann. M. Martin
What girl didn’t love reading about Kristy and the rest of the club! The series started a few years before I was born, so by the time I was reading there were about 100 Babysitter Club books for me to enjoy. Every time I went to the library, immediately looking for ones I hadn’t read yet!
I still enjoy picking one up on the odd occasion and reminiscing. Now I am slowly collecting them all for my daughter, and I really hope she loves them as much as I did growing up.
Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng
I remember receiving this book randomly for Christmas one year. I was probably around 11 years old. My family all knew how much I loved books, so it wasn’t strange to find a stack of them under the tree with my name on them. But this was one of my favourites. I had never seen it before, but I loved every second of it.
This is another book that I have just discovered was turned into a movie. Another one to add to my list! I may have to marathon all these adaptations and review them for you all!
The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
Not long after Harry Potter came into my life, I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia.This was probably the first series I ever binge read! As soon as I finished one, I would pick up the next. I was completely beguiled with Narnia and everything it had to offer. Such a mysterious, magical and dangerous place. Another book filled with excitement and adventure.
I still try and read this series once every year. It is so beautiful, it definitely deserves to be read as much as possible.
Fantastic Mr. Fox – Roald Dahl
Now this one… this one I had as a book on tape, and I would read along to it almost every night! Now that I am an adult I don’t listen to the book on tape, but I do reread Fantastic Mr. Fox every now and then. I still enjoy it just as much as I did when I was a kid.
Now that I have a daughter of my own, I can’t wait to read this one to her! And I am always on the lookout for the exact version of this that I had on tape, in hopes that I can get it for her too.
Lord of the Rings – J.R.R Tolkien
I wanted to read this when I was quite young, however at that point it was a bit too advanced for me and I struggled to keep up with it. So my Mum read it to me instead, and I tracked the sentences as she did. I remember going to bed each night and being excited to find out what was going to happen next in this amazing fantasy world!
I still remember seeing this one line from the first chapter of Fellowship of the Ring for the very first time… “Bilbo and Frodo happened to have the same birthday, September 22nd” and it made me feel incredibly special, as my birthday is also on September 22nd. That day is now known as international Hobbit day.
Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie
I believe there was a period of time when I wanted to be a lost boy, and then as I got older I wanted to be Wendy. Peter Pan was definitely an early edition to the never ending Fictional Crushes list. There was something so endearing about the boy who didn’t want to grow up.
Now that I am older, the idea of the boy who didn’t want to grow up seems even more appealing and there are definitely days I would like to take off to Neverland!
Also… Fairies! Do I need to say any more!
What were some of your Childhood Favourites?