Why Did I Give These Away?

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new topic/top ten list and invite everyone to share their own answers. I'm so obsessed with lists - so it makes perfect sense that I'd love this feature!

Top Ten Books I Want to Re-Read But Don't Own (Anymore)

Although I always have books on my wishlist, I was struggling with this week's topic! For the most part, the books I really want to read are a) ones I already own, b) ones in a series that I want to binge or c) ones that aren't released yet. So, I decided to twist the topic a little bit. 

I really love to re-read, and I usually have the books that I want to read on-hand. But when I was a teenager, I gave away SO MANY books from my childhood. I'm still mad at myself for purging so many! So, with that in mind, here are ten books I really want to re-read but don't own... anymore.

1. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry - Oh yes, my love for historical fiction started early.
2. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - Was this one amazing? My memory thinks it was.
3. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt - Ah, I've been CRAVING this one recently. 
4. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor - This is one of my favorite books on this list!
5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls - The tears - I think I remember them. 

6. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - I loved so many books by Paterson, but this was a favorite.
7. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry - Yes, I was 100% a hardcore horse girl through and through.
8. Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt - All I remember: a) kids abandoned by their mom and b) SO GOOD.
9. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren - Pippi is THE BOMB. Who didn't want her adventures?!
10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - I don't even remember what this one is about... Oops!


  1. Ahh, Where The Red Fern Grows... ALL THE TEARS.
    I actually haven't read any of the others :O
    Rosie Reads

  2. Somehow I made it out of school without having to read Where the Red Fern Grows - and I'll be honest: I'm really hesitant to even try it. It's one of my mom's favorites and all I ever remember hearing about it is just how sad it is. ..I can't. I don't do sad. ESPECIALLY when animals are involved. Nope.

    OTHER THAN THAT, this list made me smile and brought back so many memories. :)

  3. Ohh, great adaptation of the topic! I do that too. I didn't used to keep books at all growing up, except for Harry Potter (then I started keeping some of the ones I really loved) but our bookcase was very small (QUITE the opposite of now). I love your picks! There are so many books from my childhood I'd like to re-read too. I actually just bought The Giver and Walk Two Moons within the past couple years and they now have a home on my shelf :D

  4. I really like how you modified the topic! And what a nostalgic trip reading your list was.
    I really enjoyed Number the Stars, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Tuck Everlasting, Where the Red Fern Grows (though so sad), Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Misty of Chincoteague, and A Wrinkle in Time as well. I think I do own the vast majority of books I loved when I was growing up, though that's thanks to my mom. I think she is keeping them for her future grandchildren haha.

  5. Oh goodness, I do not think I could ever read WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. The movie is more than enough. ALL THE TEARS.

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  6. Can we do a read-along of A Wrinkle in Time? Because I've never read it but I have ALWAYS wanted to. Also, I adored Island of the Blue Dolphins (and it sparked a total dolphin obsession) and cried over Where the Red Fern Grows and Bridge to Terabithia!

  7. There's definitely a few of these I remember reading. I know I loved Homecoming and A Wrinkle in Time, but don't really remember much about them. I also loved, and remember pretty well, Number the Stars and Bridge to Terabithia.

    But my absolute favorite on this list was Island of the Blue Dolphins. It was always my favorite part of visiting the Santa Barbara Mission being able to see her grave. Did you ever read its sequel, Zia? It wasn't nearly as good, but I definitely appreciated seeing how her story continued.


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