Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favourites

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. The feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists over at The Broke and the Bookish. They'd love to share their lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new top ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
Top Ten Childhood Favourites:

1. The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Ummmm Nat was my first real literary crush. Seriously, I desperately wanted to be Kit. Heck, I'd pay someone to jump off a boat after me. Plus, I wished I was from Barbados.

2. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - I think I read this around 5th grade, and I really wanted to be Charlotte for a good while. She was brave and adventurous.

3. Salamandastron - I saw my sister reading this series by the amazing Brian Jacques, and I wanted to carry them around because they were big books, and I thought I'd look smart. Needless to say, I fell in love, and this was my favourite at 8 years old.

4. Many Waters - I think it's on every list I feature, seriously. Is it the best-written book? No, but it's beautiful, and the Biblical element is really well-played. This one has a special place in my heart.

5. Time Windows - I think this was my first book with ghosts. I found it scary, but it was also so, so sad. I still have it on my shelves, and I read it every now and again.

6. The Borning Room - It's a beautifully sad story. I found it at a book fair, and I convinced my mum to buy it for me. It's sweet and emotional - a very quick read.

7. Tall, Thin & Blonde - I was an awkward child. Incredibly so. I had a long period of time as the ugly duckling, and I had serious body image issues/disordered eating. My mum bought this for me to convince me there was more to life than the external appearance.

8. Time Enough for Drums - I love, love, love historical fiction, and this series of YA books with female protagonists really spoke to me. Many of the author's books are still on my shelves today.

9. On the Banks of the Bayou - I grew up reading the Laura Ingalls books, and I adored the Rose Wilder series. This was one of the final books in her series, and I just loved how she was growing up. I wanted to emulate her.

10. The Diary of Anne Frank - It's a sad book, for sure, but I had to read it for Honours English in 5th grade, and I was utterly captivated by Anne. Such a beautiful and tragic story.


  1. I love Anne Frank when I was a kid. It really made me think and put things at a level I could understand and relate to.

  2. I loved Ann Rinaldi! My English teacher (who I still keep in touch with - we're having dinner tomorrow - 12 years after I graduated) went to a conference and brought back an autographed copy of A Break With Charity for me b/c she knew I loved her books so much.

  3. I think I've only read one book on this list. Maybe I need to beef up my childhood classics reading. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Okay, so I'm obviously waaaay older than you. But we do share one favorite in common, The Witch of Blackbird Pond! I still love it. I only read the True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle when my son was in 5th or 6th grade so just a couple of years ago, but I really enjoyed it. Needless to say, he did not.

    He turned 15 today.


  5. I was not widely read as a child. I do recall loving James and the Giant Peach, Charlotte's Web and Shel Silverstein's A Light in the Attic.

  6. A story about Laura's child? Oh how I wish i had read that one :(

  7. Many Waters by L'Engle, right? i've never read any L'Engle books - embarrassed - but i did just recently get A Wrinkle in Time and the series is on my list for 2012, as well as the Narnia books. i can't tell you how excited i am for that.

    also, i see that you're reading Everneath. i really hope you like it as much as i do. i love books about mythology SO MUCH and there is not only mythology in it but it has its own mythology as well.

    anyway, great list melissa!

  8. I loved the whole series about Laura Ingalls and her daughter Rose Wilder. So good and brings back some of my favorite childhood memories <3

  9. I've only read The Diary of Anne Frank off that list, I think maybe I need to check some of other books on your list. If you loved them, I'm pretty sure I will love them as well:)

  10. Definitely yes to #1 & #10, I can't believe I forgot those!

    Hmm, you do pick Many Waters a lot! You've got me curious about it though, b/c it must really be wonderful if you keep picking it for top ten so much :)

  11. I couldn't get into Many Waters as a kid. I read the previous books, but when the characters started getting older, I lost interest. :P I'm sure I have it lying around the house somewhere, though! *makes note to find it*

    And I completely agree with you on the Diary of Anne Frank. It just fascinated me!

  12. I haven't read any of these, except for Diary of Anne Frank, which was beautiful and tragic, I agree. Great list, Melissa!

  13. NAT! AHHHH I loved him and thought he seemed kinda cute.

    And okay, your list makes me kick myself because I forgot to put in Redwall and those books meant SO MUCH to me as a kid.

    Nice job Melissa, your list is rockin'!

  14. Oof, I completely forgot about The Witch of Blackbird Pond! I know exactly what you mean about Nat. Also, I'm pretty sure I mispronounced Barbados (in my head) for years before I learned how to say it correctly. Womp, womp.

    I think Salamandastron is my second favorite Redwall book, after Martin the Warrior (which is what I included on my list). I always did love the badger characters.

  15. Tall, Thin & Blonde!! I never see that book mentioned but I enjoyed it when I was younger and read it multiple times. Loved the protagonist's (and author's) sense of humour! Nice to see it make your list :)

  16. I was such an Ann Rinaldi junkie! And Time Enough for Drums was my favorite--I still have that book with me. So good!

  17. Oh, I loved The Witch of Blackbird Pond! And, definitely The Diary of Anne Frank. We do that in my class and the kids are fascinated.

  18. I agree EXACTLY with what you said about your first two choices. They were my favorites when I was a kid. I can't count how many times I read them...

  19. One of my childhood favorite is Matilda. I re-read that book a lot!


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