Monday, December 5, 2011

Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find upcoming topics at their Top Ten Tuesday page.

1. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food
I learned how to read from this series, and this is one of my favorite stories of the Berenstain bears. I remember looking at all of those illustrations of candy and wishing that I had a pile of junk food to snack on too (which was the opposite of what the book intended for me, but oh well). I loved this series to death and I loved the show!

2. I Was So Mad
The Little Critters collection is another series that I learned to read from. I had a really hard time picking which book I wanted to display. I finally decided on I Was So Mad because I remember it being hilarious and I loved those frogs! I really want to go back and read this entire series. I hope my mom still has them somewhere in the house.

3. The Christmas Ghost (Sweet Valley Twins Super Chiller #1)
I don't think there's a single Sweet Valley book I haven't read (from every series).This is one of my particular favorites of the Twins series, and it's a Christmas themed book, so it's a perfect pick for December. In this book, Elizabeth gets a famous teen movie star to come to Sweet Valley and help out with a charity fund raiser for a local hospital, but Jessica, who is desperate to meet him, pretends to be her twin. She thinks there's no harm in what she does, but three ghosts from Christmas past, present and future show her the error of her ways. I'm definitely going to have to check out my local libraries once I get home after finals and see if any of them carry this book. It would make a great holiday read, and I haven't read a Sweet Valley book in some time so it'll be really nice to revisit the twins again.

4. Weeping Willow
One of my favorite books of all time. I felt such a kinship with the main character, Tiny Lambert (my own last name is Lambert, so that might have played a part in that). I even thought about naming my first daughter Tiny after I'd read this book, but thankfully I let that one go (since my daughter would probably actually be tiny-I'm only 5' 1" myself-so that would just be cruel).

5. Where the Lilies Bloom
This is another beautiful book, and a sad one. This should be assigned reading for all young girls (I would say 4th grade or older). I loved that this book took place in the North Carolina (I was living in California at the time but was born in NC and always considered myself a southern girl at heart). This book was a wonderful taste of home.


Hmmmm . . . well, that's all I can think of for books I loved in elementary school. Like I said above, I was obsessed with Sweet Valley and those books took up most of my reading time. However, there are a couple more books I would like to share that I fell in love with in the seventh grade:

6. Ella Enchanted
This book became an instant favorite. It has it all: romance, fantasy, adventure. I literally could not put it down until I finished it. I read Ella Enchanted in one day, which was something I was quite proud of because it was the first time I could remember doing that (not counting the kid chapter books).

7. The Girl Who Owned a City
This was my first dystopian novel ever and it blew me away! If you have never read it, you need to get to it immediately. Here's a short summary of the book (taken from Goodreads): When a plague sweeps over the earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life. Sounds epic, right?


  1. Ah! Where the Lilies Bloom! I totally forgot about that one. Loved it!

  2. I forgot a few when I was making my list too, such as the American Diaries series and Island of the Blue Dolphins. I'm sure more will come to me as I look at other people's lists. :)

  3. I forgot all about the Berenstein Bears! I loved them as a child too.

  4. I totally forgot about The Bernstein Bears! They were awesome. Here's my list

  5. I do believe Ella Enchanted has been made into a kiddie television series or something recently...

  6. I read so many Sweet Valley books when I was younger!! Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. Excellent choices!
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post. :)

  8. I love Gail Carson Levine! She wasn't around when I was little though... Loved Sweet Valley!

    My Top Ten

  9. I see SO many books that I forgot to list here, like the Berenstain Bears and Mercer Mayer!

    Where The Lilies Bloom looks really good.

  10. I loved the Berenstain Bears! And Sweet Valley too of course :)

  11. So glad to see you added Berenstain Bears & Little Critter series. I loved those, and when my sister was younger, I would read them to her all the time. Great list. (Except I could NEVER get into Ella Enchanted which is crazy because I love books like this.)

  12. Aw, these are such great choices!

    Great post!!

    Here's mine:


  13. Aw the Bernstein Bears great classic. Here's my Top Ten

  14. I absolutely love this week's theme - it's so great to see the books from people's childhoods! I don't know these at all (except for Ella Enchanted, which I read a few years ago), but I'm curious about The Girl Who Owned a City - sounds like a book I would have loved at that age!

    Here's my list.

  15. Great list!
    The Berenstain Bears books were really the books that started it all for me.

    Thanks for stopping by :)
    I'm a new follower!

  16. AHAHA I totally remember that I Was So Mad book!! Omg.. the memories... :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | Top 10

  17. Ella Enchanted is one I never read and always meant to! Might have to do it as an adult

  18. I read Ella Enchanted as well :] but my two favorites on your list are I was So Mad and the Bernstein Bears! haha, I read those series' so much that my parents put them in the garage so that I'd read more chapter books. Thanks for taking me back :)

  19. We really might be the only two people that remember Weeping Willow! It was an incredible book!