‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’

This week over at the Broke and Bookish the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is:

‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’

Since I am constitutionally unable to pass an opportunity to talk about the books/series I love, I’m going to take up this meme. 🙂

1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis CarrollThis one is still one of my favorites, as anyone who’s seen my Alice collection can attest. I have more than a hundred different copies of it with different illustrations or translations.

2. The Dark is Rising series by Susan CooperMy fourth grade teacher recommended I read The Grey King. I was hooked and I read the series multiple times over my childhood and even as an adult.

3. The Black Cauldron series by Lloyd AlexanderMy mother read this series to me as a kid. I loved it.

4. Murder Must Advertise by Dorothy L. SayersMy favorite Peter Wimsey book. Peter’s under-cover in an ad agency. It’s brilliant and holds up to several re-reads.

5. Rum Pum Pum by Maggie Duff This is an Indian fairy tale about a crow who is seeking vengeance against the corrupt king and allies he picks up along the way.

6. My Mother Sends Her Wisdom by Louise McClenathan and Rosekrans HoffmanThis is a Russian folk tale, I believe. And it has a great message about planning and listening.

7. Albert Campion series by Margery AllinghamAllingham is actually my favorite of the big three female mystery authors of the time (Sayers, Christie, & Allingham). You don’t hear much about her though, which is a shame. (And the tv series is pretty good too.)

8. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. LewisAslan was very important to my childhood. I loved the first book much more than the others. (The Last Battle didn’t happen in my world. Though, I’ll still read it.) And you *must* read the series in the original published order. The chronological order doesn’t work because if you don’t know the information from the first book, you don’t *care* about the rest of them.

9. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkienMy mother first read this to me when I was a toddler. Then, about once every two years between other series. I’ve read it a good four or five times myself. (I’ve even read and annotated the appendices.)

10. The Nero Wolf series by Rex StoutNero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin are my go-to detectives. I enjoy their interactions. I love Archie’s voice. And the mysteries themselves are always nice and twisty, but Stout always gives you all the clues you need to get to the right answer.


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3 responses to “‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’

  1. Okay, now I kind of want to make you do one where you can only list children’s or teen books. Because I’m mean and I like to give you challenges.

    • Oh you wench. I didn’t *read* those…. *grimaces* Oh, geez, let’s see if I can do that.

    • Okay, so I’ll add… substitute the below into the list. (The Black Cauldron is on the line between.)

      3. The Vesper Holly series by Lloyd Alexander — A female adventurer. As wikipedia says: “Vesper is young and wild; not at all the proper Victorian schoolgirl. Alexander describes her as having “the digestive talents of a goat and the mind of a chess master. She is familiar with half a dozen languages and can swear in all of them.”

      4. Hunger from the Riders of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler — Obviously, I didn’t read this one as a kid, but it’s a fascinating magical realism world.

      7. Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs by Tomie dePaola

      9. Hardy Boys Casefile #29: Thick as Thieves by Franklin W Dixon.

      10. The 3 Investigators series

      Okay, that was painfully hard and my brain hurts now.

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