Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

July 10, 2012 Meme, Top Ten Tuesday 35

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Freebie! Childhood Favorites.

A mix of my favorite books that I read in my elementary school years.  Last year I reread one of my favorite Christopher Pike books and I was kind of disappointed.  It wasn’t quite as good as I remembered.  I don’t plan on reading any of these books again because of that.  I want the happy memories to live on.


1. All Around the Town by Mary Higgins Clark 
My first “adult” book.  I read this the summer between fifth and sixth grade.  My grandma wanted to “talk” about the sensitive issues in this book.

2. The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A school assigned book that I devoured in like 1 hour (ok, maybe 6 or 7 hours). 

3. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
My mom picked this up on the recommendation of one of my teachers, so of course I didn’t want to read it.  When I finally got around to it I loved it. 

4. The Babysitters Club books by Ann M Martin
I devoured these books.  Even the specials.  I even tried creating my own babysitters club, which sadly did not pan out.

5. Chain Letter by Christopher Pike
Chain Letter is definitely my favorite child hood book.  By Far.  It was absolutely terrifying and creepy and I lost sleep over it, but it didn’t matter because it was sooo good. 


6. Trixie Belden Series
This series was my mom’s and it was my first experience with series books.  I loved reading them, especially since they were old school.  My one complaint is that they pretty much never aged.

7. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
I don’t remember much about it, but I must have loved it because I have a copy.

8. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Book was much better than the movie.  Especially the remake version. 

9. The Upstairs Room by Joanna Reiss
I had a hard time getting in the Diary of Anne Frank so the librarian recommended The Upstairs Room instead.  It was so good, I wrote a really good book report on it.

10. Charlotte’s Web
Who doesn’t love Charlotte’s Web?


35 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites”

  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

    I think a lot about the books I loved as a child since I’m a children’s librarian! A lot of people tell me about the Babysitters Club. That’s a series I have never read and one I’m curious about.

    As for me, I adored Wrinkle in Time. This year is the fiftieth anniversary and my online bookgroup is planning a read (or, in my case, a reread).

    Here’s my
    Top Ten Books on Happiness.
    Please stop by!

  2. Danica Page

    Ooh! Children’s books they still hold a special place in my heart. I also loved Babysitters Club, Charlotte’s Web, and the Witch of Blackbird Pond. Great picks.

    I also loved Nancy Drew and Number the Stars…plus a million other books. But those two came to mind first. Great list!

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  3. Cindy Smith

    Kim those are great titles. I love visiting books from the past. I remember reading Charlotte’s wed and recently just had to buy a new edition because the one I had was old and falling apart. I knwo I read alot of Judy Blume as well as Anne of Green Gables (I mean I am Canadian how can I not have read them?) also I read the little house on the prairie books.

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      I’m nervous about rereading Chainletter because I didn’t enjoy Remember Me as much when I read it last year. What if it turns out the same? I don’t want to lose the awesomeness of that book!

  4. Rachel

    I LOVE Charlotte’s Web and the Island of the Blue Dolphins! Some other childhood faves include Animorphs, Ender’s Game, (also) the Babysitter’s Club and Nancy Drew. I also participated in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! Love your childhood favorites. (I’ve still never read the Witch of Blackbird Pond….I know, I know…..)

  5. Patricia

    Aah, when I was a child I didn’t read much. I think I spend most of my time pretending I was Sailor Moon or a Power Ranger or a magician or all of that together. o.o Damn.. XD

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  6. Kelsey@TheLostBookReports

    this makes me want to go to the library and pick up some older books!!

  7. Erin

    I actually wasn’t a reader until a couple years ago. Growing up, I was very much a struggling reader and never had the confidence to pick up a chapter book to read just for fun. I only read what I had to in school, and I was such a slow,methodical reader that it was torture for me. I’m glad I have found a passion for it now, but I feel so out of the loop when people discuss their childhood favorites (at least anything that’s got more pages than a picture book) :)

    • Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books

      It’s never too late to be into reading! I will make it my mission to help you catch up on the old childhood favorites. And we’re going to start with Chainletter. Christopher Pike is filled with awesome!

  8. fakesteph

    Okay, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is one I’ve been meaning to read for a while and I’ve been thinking about reading Island of the Blue Dolphins because there was a book I read as a kid that I want to rediscover and I think that might be it. After our ARC readathon, we should do a thing in September for “back to school” or something and read a bunch of books from our childhood.

  9. Jenny

    I find that books I adored when I was a kid are often too simplistic and thus disappointing when I read them now. Like you, I try to avoid rereading them.

  10. Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase

    Great list! I remember loving most of these, but I don’t think I read All Around the Town, The Upstairs Room, or any Trixie Belden. I think I may have to do this type of list the next time they have a freebie day!

  11. Christina

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond! HELL TO THE YES! Seriously, I reread that book every other year or so and I love it just as much as I used to. I HATE stories about the pilgrims usually, but somehow this is perfect. Nat always makes me swoon. They’re definitely one of my main ships. OH THE LOVE.

  12. Bittner

    The only one of those I’ve read was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but I only read it like 6-8 years ago, so definitely not when I was a child. I was more into the R.L. Stine, Laurlene McDaniel, and Boxcar Children books!