TTT: Childhood Favourites

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

It has been a LONG time since I’ve done one of these, but I adore children’s books so I couldn’t resist writing this up (even though I was supposed to be posting my June wrap up today…whoops!).

Some of these are well-known and some of these are hidden gems, I’m really curious to see what people come up with this week.

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1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis

Lion Witch and the Wardrobe

I think it’s safe to say that this has been a lot of readers’ first foray into fantasy, it definitely was mine. Although I read all of The Chronicles of Narnia, this was the only one I owned (and still do!) and I came back to it over and over again.


2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter 3

I would be lying if I didn’t include Harry Potter on this list. The third book was the first one I read, I still have a copy of it and it has been read to death. All of the books in this series could make this list, but this is the book that allowed me to join the magical world of Harry Potter.


3. The Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum

Wizard of Oz

I’ve only read the original once, but I adore every iteration of this story. This (and the next book on my list) inspired me to write adventure stories about little girls discovering new worlds and I think what I love about it is how it feels like a modern fairy tale.


4. Rebecca’s World – Terry Nation

Rebecca's World

Where Narnia was my gateway into fantasy, Rebecca’s World was my first step into sci-fi and I have never looked back. I adore this book, I want it to be adapted, I want it to be back in print, I want others to be able to appreciate it the way I have.


5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Anything by Roald Dahl really, but this one in particular speaks to my chocolate-loving soul. The songs in here are great, the twists are fab and I love how it flirts with being magical.


6. The Wombles – Elizabeth Beresford

The Wombles

A very old series of books, The Wombles are underground creatures who clean up after all the rubbish that humans leave behind. They’re a very British invention and would probably be a hit today considering how environmentally conscious we are these days.


7. A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning

These books were delightful to read despite the supposed grim tones; from Violet’s inventions, to Olaf’s evil plans to mystery of the VFD society. I love this series of books.


8. The Sisters Grimm – Michael Buckley

1 The Fairy Tale Detectives

I dedicated a whole Fairy Tale Friday on why these books are so good but here’s a quick summary: two young girls, descendants of the Brothers Grimm solving mysteries surrounding their town full of fairy tale characters. I loved this series!


9. The Diamond of Drury LaneJulia Golding

Diamond of Drury Lane

Set in 1790s London, this book is the first in a series following orphan Cat Royal on her adventures. From mysterious diamond theft to being involved with the French Revolution, this was definitely a lot of fun to read.


10. Goosebumps – R.L. Stine

Say Cheese and Die

Last, but not least, who could forget the Goosebumps series? These were guaranteed to scare me as a child with gut wrenching twists. Special shout out to The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight and The Curse of Camp Cold Lake.

 


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This was a bit of a tough one because I read *SO* many fantastic books as a child (probably why I’ve gone for a lot of series as well as single books this week …).

Do we share any childhood favourites?

There are definitely books here that I want to reread – Narnia and Lemony Snicket for example – are there any childhood books you want to reread or still love to read? 

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20 thoughts on “TTT: Childhood Favourites

    1. I remember having Willy Wonka’s chocolate around the time the Tim Burton film came out – though I think it was just promotional? I haven’t seen it since! I would love to have it again!

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  1. There are only a couple of these I haven’t read — The Wombles, Rebecca’s World, and Diamond of Drury Lane — but I should look for them. I love to read kids’ books, especially those others have told me they loved.

    I wrote about French childhood favorites. I would like to see what you think.

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  2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is definitely a classic. I remember lots of kids being into the Goosebumps series. I never read them because I’ve always had a low tolerance for horror. I had friends who loved them though. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

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    1. I looked at lots of lists for this topic and found so many that I had forgotten, I think I just read a lot of fantastic books as a child.

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  3. Great list! I enjoyed the Narnia books and The Wizard of Oz too. I also loved Roald Dahl, although Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wasn’t a particular favourite.

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    1. How did you manage to read it out of order? Did you follow the story?
      Oh I loved The Half Blood Prince, Harry was far too hormonal and angry in Order of the Phoenix for me haha.

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  4. Wow, I didn’t read like any of these books as a kid, with the exception of my 2nd grade teacher reading my class the 2nd Narnia book (and I might have read half of the first one on my own? lol).

    Also, random fun fact about The Curse of Camp Cold Lake: Did you know that the protagonist in that book is named after the author Sarah J. Maas? Apparently when she was a kid, her parents won some contest to have her and her brothers’ names in an R.L. Stine book.

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    1. When I was looking at other people’s lists I realised that mine didn’t feature any of the picture books I read when I was younger. I was definitely a mature reader for my age though.

      I had no idea – that’s such a cool fact!

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    1. I treat the books and movies as separate but parallel stories so I definitely enjoyed them both without comparing them too much!

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  5. I really liked ‘The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,’ ”Harry Potter,’ ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ too (I could never get into the classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’ movie, but the book is another story.) ‘Goosebumps’ was my trashy 90’s kid guilty pleasure when I was in elementary school, along with ‘The Babysitter’s Club.’ I read the first ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ when I was a kid and don’t remember liking it that much one way or the other but I really enjoyed the Netflix show. Great list! 🙂

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