Top Ten Tuesday! – Childhood Favorites

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This meme was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list complete with one of our bloggers answers. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND post a comment on our post with a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post to share with us and all those who are participating. If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.


This week’s Top Ten list is:

Top Ten Childhood Favorites




Well, since we here at You’re Killing Me enjoy top ten lists, as well, we decided we’d get in on this Top Ten Tuesday meme thing. Plus, everyone else was doing it, and we wanted to be popular.

Kayla opted to sit this one out (she’s relatively new on the bookworm train), so this is my (Cyna’s) list of

Top Ten Childhood Favorite Books


No particular order for these, it’s hard to rank childhood favorites…

1. Kapu’s Wolf Pack by Jean Craighead George
I went through this phase from like 7-10 where I was head over heals in love with wolves, and this trilogy of books was my holy grail. This book, in particular, though, I read over and over, because they cut out all the human drama and focused on what mattered to seven-year-old me: the wolves.

2. The Fear Street series by RL Stine
Yeah, okay, so we all realize he was a shitty writer now. But as a kid? No clue. This was the BEST STUFF I EVER READ back when I was like 10, what with all the death and killing and slutty girls and haunted shit. I think my very favorite was Runaway, or at least that’s the one I remember being my favorite, even if I can’t remember what it was about. These books also lead to priceless childhood moments, like an 11-year-old me asking, “Hey, mom, what does it mean to carve someone’s face up?”

3. The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
Oh, I loved this books. Somewhere between my wolf addiction and Fear Street love, I found something more innocent to adore in these books, and the girls who lived inside. I was also determined to name my future daughter after one of them, depending on hair color. TBH, I was hoping for a Dawn.

4. The Night World series by L.J. Smith
I count these as childhood favorites – I was about twelve when I started reading them, and IT COUNTS OK? Buffy – or, to be more accurate, a Buffy book with sexy Mr. Angel on the front – got me hardcore into vampires and witches and weres, which is where I spent the majority of my pre-teen years. This series, and really this author, still defines this particular genre for me. LJ FTW.

5. In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
I was eleven when I first found In the Forests of the Night, and, as an aspiring writer already, insanely jealous that a thirteen-year-old girl who was not me had been published. And was also good. Really, really, really good. I read this book over and over again, so much so that even today I can recite the first page from memory. Amy and this book inspired me to write as a child, and still does today.

6. Animorphs by K.A. Applegate
Lol wow, what was it with the ’90s and X.X. Lastname’s? Anyway, this series was a grade-school obsession. A friend got me hooked in fourth grade, and I kept reading until the series ended somewhere in middle school. This was probably the first series that had me hook, line and sinker not just with the premise, but with the characters. I adored Marco, was madly in love with Tobias, and wanted to be Cassie. Even though I haven’t read any in a long time, I still remember how traumatizing the series conclusion was, and how much it said about the characters and their development throughout. It was the first children’s book series that I can remember that took my age group’s intelligence seriously, and didn’t talk down to us with a storybook ending, and I still respect it for that.


7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
A sixth-grade find, but it still counts, right? I scoffed at everyone reading these books with their ridiculous covers, but when a friend and my teacher insisted I borrow it from the class library, I fell madly in love. Literally. I fell on the bus cause I was reading this book and walking, and ended up ripping the first few chapters out (luckily my teacher didn’t mind). Even though the books progressed (peaking IMO at 4, and progressively getting shittier), the Sorcerer’s Stone still has my nostalgic love, because it was the first glimpse into such a magical world.

8. Dr. Seuss’ ABCs by Dr. Seuss
You wanna talk childhood love? I spent the entirety of my fourth year of life reading this over and over and over again to my poor, enduring grandfather. My favorite part? “Four fluffy feathers on a fiffer feffer fef.”

9. Call of the Wild/White Fang by Jack London
I mentioned my wolf obsession, right? Jack London was my god, after writing two of my favorite wolf(ish) books of the day, White Fang and Call of the Wild. I adored these books, even if they went a bit over my head at the time.

10. See You Later by Christopher Pike
Okay, cheating a bit since Christopher Pike was high school, but I had to mention him, since I spent almost my entire freshman year devouring the books of his that they had in my HS library. Also, I was 13 freshman year, so age-wise, that’s still in the realm of childhood, right? Anyway, Christopher Pike was just so strange and new back then, with such bizarre, new-age themes. I’d always looped him in with RL Stine, but never again after Freshman year. His perspective was totally different, totally new to me, and his vision of reincarnation and the scarier aspects of spirituality still inspire me today.

Wow, that was a nostalgic trip! I hadn’t even thought about so many of those books in years. I’m thinking I’m likin this meme thing 😀

Comment and let us know what your favorites are, or leave us a link to your blog entry!



Also, stay tuned, we’re looking to have our Mercy Thompson series review out by the end of the week!
 

8 Responses

  1. Jamie

    June 23, 2010 4:15 am, Reply

    Ah Christopher Pike! Definitely up there!! His books were so creepy!! I loved the RL Stine Fear Street Saga. Makes me want to read them all again!!

  2. Kayla & Cyna

    June 23, 2010 4:21 am, Reply

    Yes, Pike is the man. I’m so sad he hasn’t published in a while 🙁 although it’s nice to see his Last Vampire series being re-released. God, Fear Street Saga, those were the awesome period ones, right? They had to be the best of the Fear Street brand.

  3. Kayla & Cyna

    June 23, 2010 4:21 am, Reply

    Yes, Pike is the man. I’m so sad he hasn’t published in a while 🙁 although it’s nice to see his Last Vampire series being re-released. God, Fear Street Saga, those were the awesome period ones, right? They had to be the best of the Fear Street brand.

  4. Kayla & Cyna

    June 23, 2010 4:21 am, Reply

    Yes, Pike is the man. I’m so sad he hasn’t published in a while 🙁 although it’s nice to see his Last Vampire series being re-released. God, Fear Street Saga, those were the awesome period ones, right? They had to be the best of the Fear Street brand.

  5. Vicki

    June 24, 2010 4:15 am, Reply

    High-Fives for Animorphs, Harry Potter and Jack London’s Duo! Seriously some of the best and most addicting lit ever.

    And, heh, I totally felt the same way about the HP covers being ridiculous. The covers and the titles. Then my dad brought me the first book back from a business trip, and I read it on a whim. Best. Present. Ever. ^_^

    Oh, and I’m especially looking forward to the Mercy Thompson series review coming up! But I’ll say more when the time comes *shifty look*

  6. Kayla & Cyna

    June 24, 2010 5:38 am, Reply

    *hi5* Animorphs is the shit, I still love those. Naturally, HP goes without saying. It’s funny how the covers started out seeming so dumb, but they grow on you. Movies aside, I can’t visualize the characters any way but how they were drawn on the covers.

    And thanks! We’re going to start work on it tomorrow, so it’ll be posted by Friday at the very latest. So much to talk about, lol.

  7. Kayla & Cyna

    June 24, 2010 5:38 am, Reply

    *hi5* Animorphs is the shit, I still love those. Naturally, HP goes without saying. It’s funny how the covers started out seeming so dumb, but they grow on you. Movies aside, I can’t visualize the characters any way but how they were drawn on the covers.

    And thanks! We’re going to start work on it tomorrow, so it’ll be posted by Friday at the very latest. So much to talk about, lol.

  8. Kayla & Cyna

    June 24, 2010 5:38 am, Reply

    *hi5* Animorphs is the shit, I still love those. Naturally, HP goes without saying. It’s funny how the covers started out seeming so dumb, but they grow on you. Movies aside, I can’t visualize the characters any way but how they were drawn on the covers.

    And thanks! We’re going to start work on it tomorrow, so it’ll be posted by Friday at the very latest. So much to talk about, lol.

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