Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top 10 Tuesday - Books From My Childhood

The Top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.   Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. This week we are looking at the top 10 books from my childhood.  I have divided it up into 2 groups - Childhood and Teen, just because it made it easier for me. 

 1.  Winnie-the-Pooh: A. A. Milne - I loved anything related to Pooh and his friends growing up.  In fact, I still have the handmade stuffed Pooh my grandmother made when I was 10.  She was a great seamstress and made several of the characters and because my Uncle, who was I think 13 at the time, put on the facial pieces for her, I probably had the only smiling Eeyore!

(He had no clue what he was doing)

2.  Little House on the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder - Another favorite series of mine and I remember getting the box set for Christmas one year.  I wish I still had it.

3. The Black Stallion: Walter Farley - I loved horses and this tale was one of my favorites.

4.  The Wind in the Willows: Kenneth Grahame - I loved animals as a child and still do to this day so this one was a natural for me.

5.  Bunnicula: Deborah and James Howe - Come on, a vampire bunny.  Anyone who knows me knows this tale was right up my alley.

Now for my top 5 faves from my teenage years.  Brace yourself, because I was reading some pretty crazy stuff for a young teen.

1.  The Shining: Stephen King - I remember sitting in the back of the room of my 8th grade history class with this book inside my history book reading.  My teacher never did catch on - the benefits of being a good student.  This started my love of King.

2.  Flowers in the Attic: V. C. Andrews - Boy this cover brings back memories.  It was so taboo to read this book back then I just had to do so.

3.  Interview with the Vampire: Anne Rice - Need I say anything?  Thank heavens I didn't know Lestat would eventually be played by Tom Cruise when I read it.

4. Valley of the Dolls: Jacqueline Susann - Don't know why I picked this up, but I did and it wasn't a bad read when I was in high school.   I think I was spending the week with my friend at her Grandmother's house and found this when I got bored one day.

5.  The Amityville Horror: Jay Anson - This story scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.  Looking back, no wonder I love horror/paranormal stuff so much.

I know, I know, quite the odd list.  What made yours?  Leave me a link so I can check it out.


  1. I loved The Black Stallion series. I have noticed that the numbers I had on my books do not match the numbers on the Goodreads versions. I had 13 books in my series plus 2 Island Stallion books but Goodreads say there are quite a few more I've never heard of. Weird!

  2. I'd forgotten all about Flowers in the Attic and Valley of Dolls, thanks for the reminder.

  3. I've heard that Flowers in the Attic is pretty... interesting. I really want to read Interview with a Vampire! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    1. Yeah, it was a pretty risky book when it was published. I guess it would be considered tame for this time period. I know Lifetime just redid the movies and I would recommend skipping them altogether.

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  5. I loved the Little House on the Prairie series! Great list!

  6. Yesss! I grew up with Little House too!!
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