Never Too Old for Childhood Favorites

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 From Childhood I Want to Revisit

I struggled a little bit with this topic, but only because I posted about books I wanted to re-read (but didn't own) and books I read before blogging that I want to re-read. Not to mention my 2015 Re-Read Challenge sign-up post! I tried not to repeat a bunch of the same books, but I couldn't help it with four of these books.

1. Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix - This is one of a very small number of books I saved from elementary school. I read it so many times that the pages are practically falling out. Definitely time to revisit it!

2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor - This was one of my favorite books growing up, and I actually had the entire Taylor family series. Hmm... now I kind of want to track them all down and do a series binge.

3. The Coal Miner's Bride by Susan Campbell Bartoletti - I loved the entire Dear America and Royal Diaries series (and still have most of them), but this one always had a special place in my heart. But I can't remember why!

4. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - I can't remember the first time I read this book, but it's considered a classic for a reason. It's been so long since I read it, and I think I need to re-read and then follow up with the movie.

5. The Felicity Series by Valerie Tripp - Felicity was always my favorite American Girl. I shared her love of horses and admired her independent spirit. And she's the reason I've always been interested in the Revolutionary War.

6. Hannah and the Best Father on Route 9W by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky - My grandmother bought this for me when I was a kid because my name is in the title, and I loved it! I'm glad I've held on to it all these years.

7. Rachel's Journal by Marissa Moss - I used to own a ton of books by Marissa Moss, but I think gave away all but two. Reading these books was always such an experience because of all the illustrations and details.

8. Eloise by Kay Thompson - Oh, Eloise. She's a total brat - but such a fun one! I think I was in middle or high school when I discovered the book, and I might have purchased it solely because it made me laugh.

9. The Lost Princess by George MacDonald - I was thinking of this book recently, and I've been craving a re-read ever since. My third grade teacher read this aloud to our class, and it's still such a vivid memory for me.

10. Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales by Ludwig Memelmans - Madeline was my childhood love. I had the entire first book memorized as a little girl, and I can still recite a lot of it. I was destined to be a book nerd!


  1. I forgot about Charlotte's Web when I made my list! I think that's definitely one I'd like to revisit!

  2. I loved the American Girl books! I had most of them growing up, and I was obsessed with "meeting" all these girls from different time periods. Now you've kind of made me want to revisit them as well ;)

  3. I had Charlotte's Web on my list too, but I had to change it to all of E.B. White's books because I also love Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan! I re-read Charlotte's Web a few years ago when I was teaching ESL, and I was delighted that I loved it just as much as an adult =) Great list!

  4. I met Valerie Tripp! She did an American Girl event in Cincinnati when Kit came out, and I went to lunch and tea with my grandmother. American Girl and Dear America DEFINED my childhood. You've also read some great classics.

  5. Now I want to go look at the books I'd like to revisit. I'm not sure i would be able to whittle it down to just 10. Lovely list!

  6. I remember reading Running Out of Time! I'm pretty sure I no longer have my copy of it, however.
    I read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry in sixth grade reading class, but don't remember anything further about it, and I'm pretty sure I never read the whole series. It's something I've been eyeing in my library's Newbury section.
    Felicity was also my favorite American Girl, and her stories sparked an interest in Colonial America for me (and a trip to Colonial Williamsburg).
    You have so many fantastic re-reads ahead of you - hope you're able to get to them all soon!

  7. The Dear America books bring back so many memories. I think I read all of them that were published at the time.
    And Running Out of Time! I loved that book and totally wanted to find out if such a place existed.
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ahhhh, the American Girl books!! I LOVED them! Though, I was always partial to Josephine. I think I even still have most of her books in my room. Somewhere. Haha, oh that takes me back. :)

  9. Aw I love your list! It's so classy! I really liked this week's TTT because visiting everyone's lists has made me remember so many great books that I completely forgot about. :)

  10. My childhood books are;
    Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling - These books were a big part of my childhood. They taught me about love, courage , friendship and loyalty.
    Charlotte's Web by E.B. White - I can't remember how old I was when my mum read this to me but I loved it.
    Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery - At first, I wasn't keen on Anne but I ended up liking her and all the other characters.
    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I have loved this story since I was ten. A lovely classic!
    The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit - Another book I loved.


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