Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Childhood Favorites

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday is an original bookish meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new top ten topic is posted for followers to write about. This week we're doing a retro week where we went back and revisited
the FIRST EVER Top Ten Tuesday.

I hadn't quite gotten into the swing of doing bookish memes when the original post went up (I joined in a couple weeks later), so this is a first go-round for me. I've loved books for what seems like forever...so it's going to be hard to stick to ten on this one. But here goes, in no particular order.

1. Nancy Drew. Any of them. I've said it before--Nancy is responsible for my love of reading and my preference for mysteries. I loved those stories when I was growing up and devoured all of the original hard cover mysteries. No mini-skirted, modern Nancys for me, thank you very much.

2. Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith. All about a boy who loves chocolate so much and eats so much of it he breaks out in a chocolate rash.

3. Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter. I wanted a big brother like Laddie. He was big and strong and handsome and...perfect.

4. The Four-Story Mistake by Elizabeth Enright. The story of the Melendy children and their move to the country.

5. Ghosts Who Went to School by Judith Spearing. Wilbur & Mortimer are two ghostly children who are tired of hanging around the house. They go to school and have lots of adventures. I first learned the word glockenspiel from this book.

6. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. My all-time favorite fairy tale book.

7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (and the rest of the series).

8. Sherlock Holmes (all of the stories and novels). I devoured them.

9. My mom's brown covered illustrated Bible stories--came in a set with a concordance and I couldn't tell you the publisher if my life depended on it. Completely illustrated with reproductions of paintings by old masters. I loved to sit and read and look and read and look some more.

10. Lore of the Great Turtle: Collection of Native American legends at Mackinac and their significant role in the heritage of this region. My parents bought this for me the first time we visited Mackinac Island and I reread these stories so often, I nearly wore the book out.


5 comments:

LBC said...

I love Madeline L'Engle. My mom read them to me as a kid.

JNCL said...

I've been thinking that I would get the color-coded Fairy Books for my daughter when she gets older. Dover has made pretty much all of them available again.

carol said...

I loved Nancy Drew, too.

Debbie Rodgers said...

I can't tell you how excited I am to see you mention The Four-Story Mistake! I loved all of Enright's books in this series: The Saturdays (#1) and Then There Were Five (#3), and re-read them many, many times - as a child, as a teenager and as an adult. :-)

Cheryl said...

Chocolate Fever, that would be horrible!! Great post!