Top Ten Tuesday Time! Top Books from Childhood That I Would Love to Revisit

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As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish!

I am, and have always been, a huge fan of revisiting favorite books.  For me, there is so much more that can be discovered in a second, third, or even twentieth reread.  I’m going to limit myself to the books I’d most like to reread, and perhaps even blog about, this year.

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I remember reading The Giver at some point in elementary school, and it completely blew my mind.  It was the first dystopian society I had ever read about, and I have such vivid memories of Jonas’ world.  I feel like now would be the perfect time for a reread because I never read Lowry’s companion novels, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.  If I have any excuse, it’s that I sort of grew out of the YA genre by the time the second book was published, and it’s only just recently that I’ve gotten back into it again.  Also, I really want to see the movie version of The Giver!

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Oh, I have such love for Anne.  These books some of tweenage me’s favorites.  For some bizarre reason though, I don’t think I ever read the last two or three books in the series.  I’d love to read the series as a whole and see what happens to Anne as she grows older.

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When I was in elementary school, I felt like Ramona was one of my best friends.  Reading about her was always such a comfort to me.  I related to her childhood angst in ways that I felt I couldn’t even relate to my own friends.  I remember coming across a new title, Ramona Forever, years after I had outgrown these books and I just about passed out from sheer happiness.  I wish there were a million more Ramona stories to discover.

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This was required reading for me in the fourth grade, which was the easiest way to insure that I would hate a book.  But, this book surprised me.  I started it fully prepared to loathe every last sentence, but somewhere along the way, I really started to enjoy it.  So much so that I started my very own spy book and landed myself in a heap of trouble when my teacher discovered it.

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This book touched me in a way that no book had touched me before.  I felt such compassion for both Patty and Anton.  I think their relationship inspired many, many years of enjoyment of forbidden romances.

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I think every reader girl of my generation goes through Judy Blume’s complete oeuvre.  I don’t think I’m very unusual in that I did, sometimes multiple times.  Years later, I worked as a page in a moderately-sized suburban public library when I was in high school, a job which I completely loved and inspired me to go into library science as a future career.  One of my favorite things to do while working was “shelf reading,” or going through each shelf to make sure the books were in the right order.  It sounds completely menial, and in a way, it was.  But it appealed to my OCD tendencies and also allowed me to discover new books by much-loved authors.  Imagine my surprise when I encountered these titles in the ADULT fiction section.  By this time, I had already devoured Forever, which felt like such a scandalous book.  But these books shocked me in a way that has never left me.  I’d love to read them again and see how I feel about them now.

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I have virtually no memory of this book, other than that I enjoyed reading it very much.  I don’t think I could recall an ounce of the plot of this one, even if my life depended on it.  So I think it’s time for a reread, if only to see what it was that I enjoyed so much when I was younger!

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I have always loved to read anything scary, and there was a period of time when I was around twelve or thirteen that Christopher Pike was my go-to author for something guaranteed to keep me up into the wee hours of the night, either reading, or being kept awake by what I had just read.  His books were always able to fill me with an indescribable dread.  His books typically weren’t the gory sort of scary, but more the tension-filled, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride of a Hitchcock movie.

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My Dad gave me these books when I was in elementary school, and I read and enjoyed them so much.  But at that point in my reading life, I was reading solely for plot.  I had no conception of things like symbolism and allegories.  I’d like to reread these, perhaps followed by Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, and see if I can figure out each author’s position on religion.

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This is another book that I’ve largely forgotten, but the general feeling of it has stayed with me.  I’d love to revisit this one, if only to remember what it’s actually about.

Honorable mentions to:

The Little House on the Prairie series, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Anastasia Krupnik books, by Lois Lowry

A Wrinkle in Time series, by Madeleine L’Engle

10 comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been meaning to reread Anne for ages! I think I have the whole series with me now (I hope…otherwise they got given away at some point in my last four moves) AND I’ve got the show on VHS! So…I just need to find a friend with a VHS player since mine started eating the tapes. And I’m thinking of reading Ramona and Harriet the Spy to the kids I nanny, so that’s going to be a lot of fun for me!

    • laurenheartsbooks@gmail.com says:

      I loved the PBS show! I remember whenever it was on, the rest of my day was just shot because I’d sit and watch it for hours on end.

    • laurenheartsbooks@gmail.com says:

      I’m the same way! After all these years, I’ve tried rereading some of the books that were forced down my throat in school, and I’ve really enjoyed them!

  2. Kay says:

    You definitely need to reread A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I read it with a book group a couple of years ago and loved it again. It had been a long time. I think I read Summer Sisters long ago as well. And Christopher Pike – my daughter loved those. My list was from my teens – a really long time ago.

  3. texerinsydney says:

    Your description of Ramona books is absolute perfection. She felt like my best friend too!

    I’ve recently marked A Tree Grows in Brooklyn “to read”. I’ve never read it and look forward to filling that void.

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