Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature once hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but has now moved to That Artsy Reader Girl! Each week, a new topic is put into place and bloggers share their top ten (or your own amount) accordingly.
The books I read as a kid primarily came from whatever my sister read and whatever little books my primary school had. Our city library had been remodelled and had a reopening when I was younger. I vaguely remember going to the opening and getting a new library card. But my dad was rarely able to take us to and from the library because he was so busy with work.
Nowadays, I just read eBooks from my library because my physical card ran out, and I’m too awkward to go back to the library to renew it. I’m not sure when I considered childhood to end, and considering, I’m only twenty-one at the time of writing, it seems too early to have this list include books I read up to until turning eighteen.
For me, there’s a blur between childhood/teenage years. So, this list will mainly consist of books that I read before the age of thirteen because it seemed like the easiest way to categorise this list. But it also makes it the shortest and hardest list to make because I have no idea what I read as a kid. I have a pretty terrible memory, so unless something is documented, I will struggle to remember it. And I didn’t start using Goodreads until I was like fourteen. Anyway, I’m rambling, but here are some books I’ve read in my childhood.
Jacqueline Wilson, for me, was the quintessential British children’s author. I didn’t read Harry Potter until I was like thirteen since I used to see it as a book for Older Kids because my older sister really liked them. And because of the international success of HP, I often forget that it is a children’s series. I’m not too familiar with Wilson’s international success, but here, in the UK, her books dominated the children’s section. Even if I could never find a book I wanted, there was always a Jacqueline Wilson. Weirdly, I’ve actually only read one Tracy Beaker book, but I did watch the show a lot. My favourite was always My Sister Jodie, The Illustrated Mum or Candyfloss. My Sister Jodie was actually the last one I remember reading, which was like eleven years ago. I don’t think I’ve read anything past that.
The Morganville Vampires
I’m sort of toeing the age line at this point because I think I was around eleven when I read this series. But these books are THAT series for me that got me into becoming an avid reader and pushed me into reading beyond what was in front of me. My sister used to buy the books each year they came out, and I just read them because I didn’t have any other option because we never really had space nor money to spend on books. But I’ve already mentioned how much this series has changed me. I later discovered The Great Library series, also by Rachel Caine, which is now and forever will be one of my all-time favourite book series. I also had the pleasure of working with Rachel for the last three books as a beta reader. And I honestly cannot tell you how thrilling it was to work on those books and to have the opportunity to make it the greatest it can possibly be. My notes were pretty shitty the first time, but it gave me a lot of experience.
The Saga of Darren Shan
Along with Morganville, this series had me hooked. I loved this series so much. I even put myself through that shitty adaptation that even my childhood love for Josh Hutcherson could save it. I had a lot of feelings for this series, and I’m pretty sure the first ever fanfiction I had ever read was from this series. I tried looking for it for this post, but I think OP deleted.
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
I don’t know why, but I always found Theo a little irritating. But I can say this made me want to gather my friends and go solve crimes together.
The Hunger Games
It was more late childhood, early teens, but I’ll add it anyway. Honestly, THG is one of the most iconic YA novels which really solidified the blueprint for the books after it. Even if you hate it or love it, you can’t deny its impact. I used to be known for liking The Hunger Games at school. I used to wear a Mockingjay pin over my cardigan where the school logo was. Looking back, I was pretty embarrassing but I think that’s just me remembering myself as being embarrassing anyway, and not because of THG. I hyper fixate on things a lot, and THG was one of my more bigger fixations.
Malorie Blackman – Thief! & Hacker
To this day, I haven’t read Noughts & Crosses yet. My school library never seemed to have this book available whenever I wanted to read it. I do plan to read it before the show comes out, but I always knew Malorie Blackman as the author of Thief! And Hacker. I’m pretty sure Thief! was my first ever science fiction book. And Hacker came soon after because of it, and it was one of the few books available to read at school.
There was this one specific Maisy book I always read. It was the only copy we had at home, and I cannot for the life of me remember which one it was.
Same as Jaqueline Wilson, really. A beloved children’s author. Everyone used to go hard on Roald Dhal Days and dressed up so brilliantly. We couldn’t really afford to do any of that, but those days were enjoyable.
Each Peach Pear Plum
Wow, making this list made me realise how often I messed up this poem. I could get to Cinderella and then blank the rest of the poem.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
I don’t know why, but this book scared me as a kid because I literally got a nightmare where a bear attacked me because I joined the bear hunt. Don’t ask me why, but I found it terrifying.
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2 thoughts on “Childhood Favourites”
Love your list! I can’t believe I forgot to put Jaqueline Wilson on mine! Majorie Blackman’s books were always great too! 🙂
My TTT: https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2019/07/02/top-ten-tuesday-childhood-favourites/
One of the other TTT bloggers is a teacher. Apparently, her students still enjoy Roald Dahl’s work which I find really cool.