It’s time for another Top Ten, idea/meme courtesy of The Broke and The Bookish! This week’s theme is the Top Ten Favorite Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger. This presents somewhat of a problem since I only started blogging recently, and all of my favourite books were read before I was a blogger. In fact, if you look at my Top Ten Books I Recommend the Most post, it would be the same as this list.
Instead, I am going to revisit an old topic and list my Top Ten Childhood Favourites. This fits, as I did definitely read these before I was a blogger – before blogs were even a thing haha. I shall take childhood to mean young child to tween / middle school.
Toes In My Nose and Other Poems by Sheree Fitch
Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch. I pretty much loved (and still love) all Munsch books.
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson (even though I disagreed and thought Pink was better).
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Baby-sitters Little Sister and The Baby-sitters Club books by Ann M. Martin. I have to put these in because they were the reason I started reading “Chapter Books”. My favourite baby-sitter, Lindsay, gave me a bunch of old Baby-sitters Little Sister books, and since I idolized Lindsay I read them all and discovered that I quite liked reading. It began a new era for me – and by Grade Six I was known as the kid who read Baby-Sitters Club.
Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene. Similar to the Baby-Sitters Club, I loved the ability to read a series. I particularly liked the Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys mashup novels!
Cherry Ames Student Nurse by Helen Wells. I remember Cherry with fondness, though I never actually owned any of the books. My best friend at the time had a few of the Cherry Ames books that I borrowed. I loved them, and still remember them fondly enough that they made the list. I believe they are out of print – and apparently were at the time I discovered them, much to my disappointment.
Julie and Christy by Catherine Marshall. I list these together because I think I always read them together, although they are separate, stand-alone books. I loved these because my Nana gave them to me and she loved them, but also because they had strong, admirable female leads.
Bonus: Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl were also childhood favourites, but I couldn’t bump any of the above from the list.