Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Every week you create your top ten list with the weekly theme. This week's theme is a rewind or freebie.. so, since I'm new to blogging, I thought why not start at the beginning. I will be talking about my top ten childhood favorites!
- Baby Island: I did a book report on this in 2nd grade and I adored the book. It's about two girls that rescue some babies they had been babysitting on a ship when it sinks. The whole lot of them end up on an abandoned island where they learn to survive and care for a bunch of small tots! I wanted to babysit so badly at 8, so it's no wonder I loved this book.
- Little House Series: My mom signed me up for the club on the back of the book order for this series when I was in first grade. (I was an advanced reader). I wanted to live Laura Ingalls Wilder's life! In 5th grade I went crazy when I discovered there were books written about her mom as well. I can't wait to introduce these to my own children someday.
- Mandie Series: I stumbled upon these books in the school library in 5th grade. They were great mysteries about a young girl in the early 20th century named Mandie. I'm pretty sure I was the only student in school to ever check them out, but I really did eat these books up. Fun fact, the author wrote the first book when she was only 11 years old!
- A Wrinkle in Time: One of my all time favorite books! Just a great fantasy. Pretty sure this is required reading for most middle schoolers... and it should be! I want to say I heard they were making a movie soon, but don't quote me on that.
- The Giver: Another all time favorite book. I read this in 4th grade then went to see the play. At the time I was going to be a famous actress one day, so I was more excited about the play. I have reread this book so many times... it's my absolute favorite dystopian. I read the rest of the series too, but this was by far the best.
- The Devil's Arithmetic: I developed a weird obsession with the holocaust after reading Anne Frank in 4th grade. My mom suggested this one too me. It's probably one of the most powerful books I read in my life. I remember staying up all night finishing it, then waking my parents up at 3 in the morning sobbing about it. Wonderful heart-wrenching story.
- Standing in the Light: In 3rd grade we did a huge study on Native Americans. I loved it. So I started reading tons of books about them.. This was one of my favorites. I owned the book, and the little 30 minute scholastic movie. I was so bummed when I discovered it wasn't a true story after all.
- The Sleeping Lady: This is actually a retelling of an old Native American myth about how this mountain near Anchorage, Alaska got it's shape. (the shape of a sleeping woman). I lived in Alaska at the time and saw this mountain everyday on my way to school, so this story really felt special to me. Plus the pictures are gorgeous.
- Baby-Sitter's Club series: Remember earlier I mentioned how much I wanted to be a babysitter? That was thanks to this series. I read them all. I owned most of them. I wanted to make my own club. These books were the best things ever. A couple of years ago my best friend bought a box of these books for $10 at a garage sale to use in her classroom. I tried to buy them off of her, but she refused. I will own the entire series again someday... if just to have them.
- Harry Potter Series: Can this list be complete without Harry Potter? I am a potterhead, and proud. Seriously, I stole the first book from my brother when I was in 3rd grade and I was hooked. I'm still hooked 15 years later. I reread the series about once a year.. own all the movies ultimate editions on blu-ray, and was one of the lucky 100,000 previewers of pottermore a couple years ago. I'm a dork and I don't care. These books just draw you into a whole different world.
Writing this list had me going down memory lane. I had a hard time picking just 10. Now I can't wait until L is a little older and can actually understand what I'm reading to him.. I really hope he gets my passion for reading. Books really let me explore new worlds growing up and I want him to experience that as well.
What category did you write about for your top ten Tuesday? Let me know so I can check them out!