Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m so excited to finally contribute to Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve seen this post from so many bloggers I follow that I decided it was about time I get in on it as well. This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Like to Revisit. Be prepared for some waves of nostalgia. In no particular order here are some of my absolute favorite books from childhood.
1. The Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene
I was so absurdly obsessed with Nancy Drew as a kid. It was my goal to own every single mystery ever penned by the many authors who were Carolyn Keene. Nancy was always so effortlessly confident and in charge, and always managed to solve the mystery.
2. The entire Harry Potter series
I include these books because I started them in elementary school and went on from there. I loved the world of magic and courage that Rowling created. I was one of those kids waiting for my letter to arrive by owl through the chimney.
3. Sideways Stories from Wayside School
My third grade teacher introduced me to these books and I immediately fell in love with them. The school where nothing is ever quite what you think it is and everyone has a story, from the students to the staff.
4. The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
I must have read this book at least a dozen times in elementary school. It had all the elements. It was scary, it had a mystery, dark pasts, family secrets, and a very creepy right out of Are You Afraid of the Dark dollhouse. One of my favorite childhood reads.
5. The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon
Joan Lowery Nixon was the queen of suspense for the elementary aged kid. I read as many of her books as I could get my hands on. The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is one of my favorites by Nixon. A girl gets kidnapped but then no one believes her, including her parents. So it’s up to her to prove the world that what she’s saying is the truth.
6. Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Suess
A combination of I Spy and pure magic, Dr. Suess’s Wacky Wednesday will forever remain one of my favorite childhood reads. I could read this book for hours trying to find all of the things written on the page in the pictures. So much entertainment jam packed into such a small book.
7. Two Minute Mysteries by Donald J. Sobol
I first got one of these books at my elementary school’s book fair. It’s so simple but the mysteries are ingeniously thought out. I pictured myself as a tiny Sherlock Holmes. These books went with me on many a family road trip tucked into the backseat.
8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
This book was also purchased at a book fair. It only took the first chapter for me to fall head over heels for this magical little book. What a great re-working and re-weaving of popular fairy tales.
9. The Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner
These books are like a staple in every elementary school teacher’s classroom library. I started reading these in the first grade and would take out as many as the school library would let me. I loved the mystery and adventure the characters encountered in the series.
10. The Ramona Quimby series by Beverly Cleary
I loved Ramona’s antics and her crazy schemes. Her character just flew off the page and right into my imagination. She was spunky and knew what she wanted and how she was going to get it. I also watched the TV show Ramona to add in a bit more Ramona fun.
What were some of your favorite books from childhood? Have you read any of the ones on my list? Let me know in the comments section. Happy Reading!