Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books from My Childhood That I’d Like to Revisit

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish holds Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly booking meme. This week, we’re talking about books from our childhood that we want to revisit.

I had a bit of a difficult time with this list, because as a children’s literature student, I read and re-read many books from my childhood and many that I’d never encountered before. Here, though, are 10 that I haven’t had a chance to re-read that I’d like to, at some point, just to see what happens:

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  1. Bunnicula!! And R. L. Stine! Some of my favorites there. 😀 Though Boxcar Children probably was a bad influence on my siblings and I, haha. We started plotting how we could live out in the woods basically daily.

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  2. Bunnicula! Loved that book, so glad when M was old enough to discover it too. we may still have it, actually.

    Christopher Pike…wow, forgotten that one! Pre-Stephen King days of eerie or suspenseful stories.

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    1. Yeah, I realized once I was making this list how many scary/suspenseful things I used to read. I could’ve added the Fear Street series here, too. I suppose I was always a bit fascinated with the macabre.

      And I definitely plan to introduce Little Jedi to Bunnicula. 🙂

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      1. Our shelves at home were full of King, Koontz, Straub, Masterton, etc. It was only a matter of time before I found them.

        I remember reading the Flowers in the Attic series in 5th grade. That was the dark, “adult” book we were all into then. It is also one of the first series of books I downloaded to my Kindle a few years ago since nobody would be able to see me actually reading them 😀

        (ooh, guilty pleasure books!)

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        1. haha…Oh, I remember the V.C. Andrews books well.

          My mom didn’t have a lot of that kind of stuff around—she didn’t like to read it and didn’t really approve, but I would check them out from the library or borrow them from a friend. Books were rarely forbidden–even if displeasure that I wasn’t reading something “better” was expressed, I always got the impression that the reading itself was the important thing.

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        2. Same here. Nothing was censored, but I wasn’t into anything “worse” than VC Andrews (which I borrowed from my heavily religious , no Halloween or certain TV shows friend, funny enough)

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  3. OMG! Bunnicula! I LOVED that book as a kid.

    The Indian in the Cupboard is on our list, as well as Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle in Time series. We’re trying to finish up Matilda with Little Miss right now. We have a box set of Roald Dahl books that she’s loving. 🙂

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    1. I’ve read a lot of books from my childhood recently, like A Wrinkle in Time and Matilda, because I studied children’s literature for several years. But some, I just haven’t gone back to. I think I’ll revisit some of these when Little Jedi is old enough for them, though!

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      1. Little Miss is getting to the age now where we can start reading some of them, which is really exciting for me. There is a stack of chapter books from my childhood on top of her bookshelf that we’ve begun reading. 🙂

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    1. I only remember seeing a few episodes of the show. We didn’t have cable when I was a kiddo, so I missed most of the series. I loved the books, though!!

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  4. I have read most of those. Christopher Pike was always a favourite. His books came with me into adulthood. Have you read any of his books for grown-ups?
    Louis Sachar was my all time favourite though!! I read all of his stuff, laughed myself silly and got all my friends addicted to at least the Wayside School books. I’m not sure how I feel about reading his books again though. They were so good and soooooo funny the first time I read them. I don’t want to take away from that.

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    1. I haven’t read any Christopher Pike books for adults—I’m not even sure I knew that he wrote them! My friend Cat was always the bigger Pike fan, but I liked some of his books. And I don’t know what it was in particular about The Lost Mind, maybe the idea of soul-mates that were a literal part of each other, but we both really loved that one.

      I’ve revisited a lot of what I read in childhood because I studied children’s literature for so long, but these are some of the things I haven’t had a chance to. I think I’ll revisit most of them with Little Jedi when he’s old enough to give them a read. Maybe that’ll keep some of the enchantment there. 🙂

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    1. Thanks!

      My son hasn’t quite made it to the reading level of most of these yet, but I have a feeling I’ll revisit some of them as he gets a bit older. 🙂

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    1. I did too, until just recently. I can’t honestly remember what made me think of it, but now I’m wanting to hunt up a copy for when Little Jedi is a little bit older.

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