I've just discovered a wonderful book blog -The Broke and the Bookish- where they not only talk constantly of books, but have a weekly book meme for other bloggers to participate in.
|Where have you been all my life?|
I'm a little late to participate in this week's meme -but then I realized I don't really care. It's too fun to pass up! So here is a Top Ten Tuesday for your Thursday.
Ten Books from My Childhood/Teen Years I'd Like to Revisit
(In no particular order)
1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
2. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
|(It really says something when my spell check insists 'Chincoteague' is not a word. Somebody needs to be edumacated about the important things in life.)|
As a side note, the version narrated by John McDonough is the best, but Edward Hermann did a decent job too.
3. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
|The series has had a few redesigns, but don't be fooled. These are the TRUE covers.|
4. Artemis Fowl series (and everything else) by Eoin Colfer
I discovered Eoin Colfer in my later teens, and I've been a huge fan since. Not only does he tell amazing stories, not only are his stories fun and creative, but he also happens to be a great writer, and has influenced my own writing far beyond any other author to date. I read through his collection every couple of years. And, and did I tell you about that time I met him?
|Me and Eoin Colfer. (Seriously, that never gets old.)|
5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Narnia and Lewis may have introduced me to fantasy, but Tolkien showed me the epic end of the genre, bringing me into a world completely set apart from our own. This book taught me that imagination is an incredible gift. This was also one of the last books in my family's 'Dad Reads Out Loud' entertainment. After this, it was harder to find books both my sister and I liked, and I always wanted to keep reading when my dad wanted to stop. That's when I started reading to him, instead. For me, The Lord of the Rings quickly followed, but it was never quite the same without my dad trying to remember the different voices of thirteen dwarves, one wizard, and one burglar from one night to the next.
7. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
8. Redwall by Brian Jacques
This series hit a couple of firsts with me. They were the first books over 200 pages that I ever read, Martin the Warrior was the first book to ever make me cry, and within the pages of Mossflower it finally hit me that all those words on the page were actually put there, in that order, by someone. Boom. I wanted to be a writer.
9. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
This is also when I discovered that some of my favorite movies were based on books, which meant there was even more in them to explore. *gasp*
10. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
This was a big deal for me in my teens. I grew up on this movie. I adored this movie. I quoted this movie with my family over breakfast, lunch, and anytime someone mentioned 'peanuts' or used the word 'inconceivable' (which, granted, didn't happen often unless we were setting ourselves up for it). When I found out it was a book, I was ecstatic. I did make my mom proof-read it, though. I was very impressionable and I didn't read adult fiction for reasons. So not only was this an added dimension to an old favorite, it was also the first adult fiction I ever read.
So there they are! Ten books that shaped me into who I am that I'd love to read again (and again and again and again).
What are some of your favorite childhood reads?