Top Ten Tuesday is a meme from the fantastic folks over at The Broke and the Bookish.
This Week’s Prompt: Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit. You know, those ones you read when you were younger that just stuck with you forever and you wish you could go back and experience for the first time to recapture that magic?
(I didn’t include Harry Potter in this because like… duh.)
1. How To Live Forever by Colin Thompson
This is my absolute favourite children’s book. I probably didn’t read it until I was about thirteen and borrowed it from the school library because someone in my year had told me about it. It’s an adaptation of a picture book with the same name, and has a recently released sequel (that I’m as of yet still to read!) called The Second Forever.
Basically, it’s amazing. And, I even have art from the picture book as a laptop skin.
2. Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden
My family used to go on trips a lot around Australia when I was younger and being an only child, I found it severely boring and lonely. So they sated my loneliness with books and I believe they gave me this.
It’s safe to say I was addicted.
I rarely re-read books, but I’ve read this entire series about six or seven times. They’re so Australian and wonderful and smart and even if you didn’t like the film adaptation (I thought it was great!) you should read them.
3. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
I had to read this back in year eight English class. I was always a terribly sick child, particularly before I had my tonsils out. I’d get terrible fevers all the time and end up in hospital all to frequently. I managed to get glandular fever in year eight and ended up spending almost two months doing my school work from home. I have this vivid recollection of finishing Goodnight Mister Tom in the waiting room of a doctor’s surgery, and god, I bawled my eyes out. Everyone must have been staring at me!
Still, this book is sad and wonderful and I remember reading it and loving it so well.
4. Attica by Garry Kilworth
This was one of the first middle-grade books I discovered and read on my own. It’s all creepy attics and creatures and fun. I really love children’s books where extraordinary things happen in ordinary places, and I’ve always sort of wanted an attic so I adored this, naturally.
5. GriEVE by Lizzie Wilcock
GriEVE, like Attica, was another (although this is definitely more YA) book I discovered on my own. I think these kinds of books are a big deal when you’re younger because you start making choices about what you’re reading, rather than just ingesting whatever is given to you.
I can’t actually really recall what GriEVE was about, other than that it was very sad, and I liked it.
6. Heartland Series by Lauren Brooke
I was that stereotype little kid that always asked their parents for a pony. Granted, I did end up horse riding competitively for a period of time, but I never did get my pony. Before my bookshelves were stocked with YA, they were packed to the brim with anything and everything horse related. I’ve got boxes upon boxes of horse books in my cupboard. But Heartland was a favourite. I loved this series and I grew up with it. I’ve only watched part of the TV-show, but I’d definitely want to go back and re-read the books some day.
7. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I loved this before there was a movie. I lived for Princess Mia and her shenanigans. Tiny Saskia wished she had a cat called Fat Louie. I remember taking one of these books to primary school in year five and it got crushed in my bag and I cried for hours and Mum had to get me a new one.
IT WAS A BIG DEAL, okay?
8. Triskellion by Will Peterson
I love the Triskellion series. I bought this when I was a little older for a trip to Tasmania and I read it in a day, I loved it so much. This series is weird and magical and suspenseful and just all things epic and I wish I could go back and recapture that feeling.
Also at the end of the series there was a hint at a next book or a spin-off and it never came and this has been the biggest literary disappointment of my life. There is zero information on it online and despite emailing publishers and the authors (it’s co-written), no one ever replied to me.
This still haunts me.
9. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
The first book, better known as The Golden Compass, was one of my first forays into YA. It is rich and complex and makes you think a lot and if you haven’t read any Phillip Pullman you absolutely need to.
10. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Being a lonely overachieving child (I’m significantly more lazy and/or social now, trust me) I was determined to read The Lord of the Rings at the age of seven.
FUN FACTS: My family are LOTR fanatics. We have statues all round our house, own SO MANY LOTR related books, I’ve seen the movies a billion times, been to plays, listened to radio-plays, soundtracks and a thousand special features. I’ve been to the sets, met cast members and fangirled since the womb. You might say I’m Middle-Earth born and bred.
It’s also interesting to note that I’ve never read The Hobbit.
I’m a walking contradiction, hey?
…I have listened to the radio-play and seen the films though. :)
What childhood books do you remember falling in love with? Do we share any childhood favourites?
Let me know or link me to your TTT below!