Top Ten Tuesday

Another Top Ten Tuesday courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish!  This week’s topic is: “Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit”.  As I have mentioned in the past, I love children’s books as well as YA.  In fact, I’ve already revisited a lot of my personal favorites.  These books listed will be ones that are not readily available to me or that I don’t really have time to revisit (like series).

  1. Memoirs of a Bookbat by Kathryn Lasky — If you are sensitive about religion, be warned, this book might not be for you.  I think a lot of my distrust of organized religion can be traced back to this book.  My mom either bought it for me, or maybe it was from the library, and I don’t know if she knew exactly what this book was about when she suggested it to me.  Or maybe she knew exactly what she was doing.  This story is about a girl named Harper Jessup who loves to read.  Over time, her parents become more and more religious and start to go the way of censorship.  It starts with textbooks and the classic creationism vs. evolution debate, but slowly becomes about all books.  Eventually Harper has to choose between her freedom of thought (and her love of reading) and her family’s control.  It’s truly fascinating and to some people may be considered controversial.  I would love to re-read it as an adult, especially since I’ve had some interesting experiences with religion myself.
  2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery — I just want to re-read the entire series and all the other books from Anne’s little world.  Her magical and romantic world.  But, alas, time.
  3. Holes by Louis Sachar — I loved this book when it first came out, but I’m not going to lie…a lot of it went over my head.  I didn’t understand a lot of the subtext until the movie came out.  I’d love to read it through grown-up eyes.  Yes I did just use the term “grown-up”.  I think this list is causing me to regress.
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry — Another one that I haven’t read since I was little, and again… I’m pretty sure a lot of it went right over my head.  I didn’t see the movie (it looked horrible, sorry) but I would certainly love to revisit this book and see what themes or ideas I didn’t absorb as a child.  I know I enjoyed the book but I really don’t remember much about it.
  5. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen — I hated this book when we read it in sixth grade.  All my friends liked it though.  I would like to re-read it to decide, once and for all, if I was a freak or if all my friends were.  I am willing to bet that I was right in thinking that it was one of the most boring books ever written.  (I was pretty dramatic at age 11 though.)
  6. Bunnicula by James Howe — Another book that I remember enjoying but don’t actually remember much about.  I know a lot of people love this book, so I’d love to refresh my memory.  All I really remember is that it was narrated by a cat, right?  Right?!
  7. Prisoner in Time: A Child of the Holocaust by Pamela Melnikoff — Armed with only a vague memory of the plot and no context, it took me about half an hour of Google searching to figure out what this book was.  I vaguely remembered reading it while I was learning about the Holocaust in elementary school.  It’s a story about a Jewish boy who, during the Holocaust, somehow travels back in time to 16th century Prague and meets the Golem of Jewish folklore.  Once I finally found it, I found some not-so-great reviews of this novel.  Oddly enough, that makes me even more interested in re-reading it.
  8. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls — To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure I ever read this book, or if it was so popular among my friends that I just felt like I had read it too.  Anyway, I was so over this book by 6th grade that I always professed that I hated it.  I don’t know what it was…maybe it was just too mainstream for my hipster tendencies or something, but after awhile as soon as anyone brought up this book to me I’d automatically tune them out.  And I still do.  So maybe I should just shut up and read the damn thing.
  9. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh — Another book that I distinctly remember reading, but remember almost nothing about.  I do remember it being different from my orange VHS cassette version, and I remember deciding that I was going to be a spy when I grew up…but that’s about it.
  10. Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison by Lois Lenski — I remember reading this in 5th grade.  Again, I remember liking it, and some vague details of the book, but later on in life I feel like it may have been problematic so I want to revisit this novel and see… It’s about a white girl who gets kidnapped by Native Americans and becomes assimilated into their culture.  I remember they gave her a nickname based on her blonde hair…That’s about it.  I think it’d be an interesting read.

Thanks for reading!  Be sure to check out the original post and then add your own list to the link up!

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9 thoughts on “Childhood and Teenage Reads | Top Ten Tuesday

    1. Every time I’m at a bookstore I’m tempted to pick it up for a re-read but I always think I should go with something new instead. Maybe next time I’ll go for it!

  1. Giver was great. I cannot believe I didn’t read Hatchet growing up… I taught it and I loved it, couldn’t get enough. I so wanted more stories like this!

  2. I’ve never heard of Memoirs of a Bookbat…but I’ve just looked it up, and I’m definitely going to check it out.

    Where the Red Fern Grows is on my list. I laughed at your synopsis. I think it’s one of those maybe you can pass; it’s too hyped for you to really enjoy it. Ha!

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