The Thursday Thirteen: 13 Books I Loved as a Child and Love as an Adult

This week, for my Top Ten Tuesday post, I wrote about books from my childhood that I’d like to revisit. And, as I said in that post, I had difficulty with it, as I revisited a lot of books from my childhood during the years I was studying children’s literature–and as I’m mother to a 6 year old.

I decided that the Thursday 13, then, would be a list of books that were just as good when I read them as an adult as they were when I was a child. (Except that the Suess books had to go in one spot, and so did the Narnia books.)

Books that Stand the Test of Time:




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  1. I visit my grandchildren and have never seen a Dr Suess in their house, but today I had a beautiful experience of reading to my two grandchildren, when they presented me with a book to read, I don’t know what the book was about, as I had forgotten my glasses, I made it up as I went with lots of train toots and chugalugs and expressions, they were happy.

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    1. There’s nothing quite like the experience of reading to children. And sometimes telling your own story is just as wonderful. 🙂


  2. Oh some beauties on there…Silverstein is awesome. And I’m delighted to tell you my Daughter LOVES his stuff – laughs out loud. Little Women, Secret Garden, Winnie the Pooh – all favorites of mine. Would you believe I’ve never read The Giver? I have no idea how that happened.

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    1. Oh, you should definitely read The Giver. It’s haunting. I think it was the first dystopian book I ever read, and I was maybe 12 or 13 at the time. I was fascinated. And it holds up really well. I haven’t seen the film that they released—heard mixed reviews about it.

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      1. See, maybe that’s why I’ve never read it – I just don’t really get into the whole dystopian thing. I have a great long list of books I should look at just because – probably should just give this one a try. I like the word haunting – see that makes me want to give it a whirl.

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        1. Well, it is less dystopian than something like The Hunger Games—Lois Lowry doesn’t spend a lot of time describing the way things look or the society itself—it’s very pared down. That’s part of what makes it work, and it’s part of what, I think works for people (like my mom, too, who loves the book but doesn’t really like dystopian literature) who don’t always get into the sci-fi/futuristic aspect of it.

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