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Top 10 Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

December 5th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is our childhood favorite books.  I’ve always loved reading and made a weekly trip to the bookstore.  Here is my list of favorites growing up:

  1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: I always loved Ponyboy and wondered what would life be like growing up as a “greaser” on the poor side of town.  The complex relationship between the three brothers as well as their tight group of friends worms its way into your heart and I had tears in my eyes at the end of the book.  When I read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles I had a similar reaction so if you loved that book definitely check this one out.
  2. Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith: I’m sure everyone knows the TV series by now but about 20 years ago this was one of the central series that contributed to my love of reading.  Vampires fascinated me and the thought of these two hunky vampires battling for the love of one girl caught my imagination.  Unfortunately upon re-read a couple years ago it just didn’t have the same draw but I will still remember it as a beloved series growing up.
  3. Sweet Valley Twins by Francine Pascal: I used to dream about what it would be like to be the blond, popular, all American girl in school just like Elizabeth and Jessica were.  As I grew up I followed the twins as they entered high school and then college.  This along with the Baby-Sitter’s Club books took up a majority of my bookshelves.
  4. The Baby-Sitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin: I loved that this series had characters that just about any adolescent girl could relate to.  There was the artistic Claudia who is constantly compared to her braniac sister, tom boyish Kristy, shy Mary-Anne, popular and stylish Stacey and a myriad of other characters.
  5. The Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner: I don’t know what exactly it was that fascinated me about this series so much but I recently re-read the first book and I have to admit I still enjoyed it.  I can’t believe it was originally written in the 1940s.  Perhaps it was that it captures your childhood imagination about surviving out in the wild, building your own home, etc and being on a wild adventure.
  6. The Fear Street books by R.L. Stine and
  7. Christopher Pike’s books: even when back then I was really into these paranormal/suspense books and R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike were both authors that had me running out to the bookstore or library whenever a new book came out.
  8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: Really this is just such a classic series that everyone should read.
  9. Ramona series by Beverly Cleary: honestly I cannot remember too much about this series other than I loved every book and I still remember sympathizing with Ramona over her irritating big sister.
  10. The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley: I think every child must go through the phase where your fondest wish is to have your own horse.  I loved reading all about Alec and the adventures he has with the wild Black Stallion.

Really I could go on and on.  Like I said I loved reading and have fond memories of many more books like Amelia Bedelia, The Secret of the Unicorn Queen (because really how can you not love unicorns?) and of course the classic, yellow covered Nancy Drew books.

What were your favorite books growing up?

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10 Responses

  1. Barefootmeds

    I really should read the Boxcar Children, everyone is writing about them. Ramona was adorable and SVT ruled my world albeit for a short while. I didn’t know that Vampire Diaries have been around for so long!

  2. Michelle

    Great picks! I wish my long term memory was better I do recall liking James and the Giant Peach, Charlotte’s Web and Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic.

  3. Lori

    Great picks! I bet I would have loved Anne of Green Gables. I don’t know why I never read it. I adored the movie. The Outsiders is still probably one of my favorite books ever.

  4. Kate @ Musings

    I completely forgot about Sweet Valley High – though, that would have fit in to my early ‘teen’ years!

    Thanks for stopping by my site!

  5. Kailana

    Oh, great post! We would have some in common if I did this post. Maybe I should…

  6. melissa @ 1lbr

    Boxcar, Babysitters, and Sweet Valley Twins all made my list. Amazing how they shaped my reading 🙂

  7. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books

    The Boxcar Children, Sweet Valley, The Babysitters Club, Ramon, Anne of Green Gables – these series all played an important role in my younger years. I absolutely loved them and they got me hooked on reading 🙂

  8. Aeicha @ Word Spelunking

    I can’t believe I forgot The Boxcar Children series and Amelia Bedelia. I loved them too!

    Thanks for stopping by 🙂
    I’m a new follower!

  9. Michele//Just a Lil Lost

    The Outsiders is classic! I was going to add Christopher Pike, but I knew I didn’t read as much of his stuff as I did RL Stine..

    Great list! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    Michele | Top 10

  10. Bree

    I forgot about the Christopher Pike books! I went through a bit of a stage with those ones too.

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