Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites!

Top Ten Tuesday was created and is hosted by The Broke And The Bookish. This week's topic is childhood favorites - the books that sculpted me to be the avid reader that I am today! It's going to be so hard to narrow these down to ten since there's about a bazillion, but I'll attempt to list only the ones I read a million times.

In no particular order:

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein - I read this book so many times that the pages started to fall apart, as well as the binding. And to this day, I still have some of the poems memorized. Shel's oddness is something that has stuck with me as a reader to this day.

Dr. Seuss - When I was a kid, I had every Dr. Seuss book there was. My dad would read to my brother and I before bed and he always read Seuss since they're quick, fun books. I still have mad love for them, especially The Lorax! (It's a bit sad how not only can I recite the book, but the classic movie as well)

Fear Street by R. L Stine - I guess you could say these were my first taste of YA. They're pretty cheesy. And predictable. And the villain that they always think is some kind of creature is always really a human. But I loved them so much that I have about fifty of them on my shelf right now, and that's not counting the ones I have in boxes in my garage.

Little Critter by Mercer Mayer - AH! This post is bringing back so many memories! The Little Critter books were one of the first books that I began to read myself when I actually learned to read. Whenever I managed to read the entire thing, my parents would reward me with another one, so I imagine I still have dozens of these books living in boxes somewhere.

Holes by Louis Sachar - This is probably on everybody's list, yes? I think Holes is one of the first full-length novel I've ever finished. And it's so good. Seriously, even if you're older and you haven't read this, go get a copy now! The movie is amazing, but the book still blows it out of the water.

Goosebumps by R.L Stine - The Goosebumps books thoroughly creeped me out as a kid. I read pretty much every single one of them, but for awhile I refused to even touch a few because of the scary covers. (Say Cheese And Die, The Curse of Camp Cold Lake and Creature Teacher to name a few)

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister - RAINBOW FISH. OMG. I read this book so many times when I wasn't ogling the shiny foil of the fish's scales.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl - One of my all-time favorite books and all-time favorite movies. Roald Dahl had such an amazing imagination and it showed in his work. (He also wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda, if you didn't know)

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback - Okay, so this isn't really a story, but it was a book and I read it so much that I knew the entire thing by heart.

The Cartoon Classics Collection (Volume 1) - This anthology featured stories about the classic Hanna Barbera cartoons. (The Flinstones, The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Yogi Bear) The book was ginormous and kind of hard for me to carry, but I had it with me wherever I went.

Are of these on your list? If not, what were some of your childhood favorites?


  1. Goosebumps is the only one I have on my list, but I have three other books by Roald Dahl as well (Witches, George's Marvelous Medicine and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) :)

  2. I loved Seuss as a kid - I remember my parents being astonished by them, there was nothing else like it before there was Seuss.

    So many of the books you mention were too scary for my overdeveloped imagination! I could never handle Fear Street, Goosebumps, or even Roald Dahl! Shel Silverstein scared me a bit too - with that intense author photo on the back cover. I have to say, I absolutely lost it when I was reading The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Greg Heffley admits he's scared of Shel Silverstein for that very reason. lol.

  3. I loved the Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins series.

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  4. Ohhh Falling Up I remember that! Great picks :)

    Here's mine: http://geobobspinelli.blogspot.com/2011/12/top-ten-tuesday-childhood-nostalgia.html

  5. I was looking up different Little Critter books on Goodreads in order to find one to talk about for TTT and it made me want to reread the them all so badly!

    The Rainbow Fish! Such a beautiful book with unforgettable illustrations. So shiny! LOL

    I was actually thinking of Rainbow Fish when I was coming up with books to put in my TTT post last week, and of course I forgot about it when it came time to actually write the post.

    My Top Ten list

  6. Oh my gosh! How did I forget to put James and the Giant Peach on my list? We could do this same topic again in two weeks and I could come up with a totally different but just as good of a list as this week.

    The Goosebumps books are on my list, too. I never got into Fear Street too much except for The Fear Street Saga which is awesome historical horror about the history behind Fear Street that made it such a scary place from waaaay back in history. I read all three of them in one weekend and, I think, barely spoke to anybody until I'd turned the last page.

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  8. Awesome list! We've got some in common!

  9. Goosebumps and Fear Street books seem to be pretty steady on everyone's TTTs! I know they're def on mine :)

  10. I loved Roald Dahl as a kid! And YAYYY for Rainbow Fish, I totally forgot all about that book.

    And also being able to recite the Lorax actually makes you cool, not dorky ha ha.