Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s topic is in honor of the new school year that’s about to start, so I thought I’d take the time to take a little trip down memory lane and tell you about some of the books that take me right back to my own school days. (Which weren’t THAT long ago, I promise…)
Maybe a little disclaimer before I start: these are not necessarily required reading books. In fact, I think most of them are books I read in my own time and had nothing to do with school. But they still bring back memories of my school days. More so than the books I read FOR SCHOOL, because honestly, I don’t remember much of those. And I have mixed opinions about required reading in general. I get that there are some books that are classics and must-reads, but I also think teaching kids the joy of reading is way more important and they should be given the option to read something THEY want as well.
With that said, let’s get into my list of books that take me back to school!
Early School years
Even though I’ve always been a reader, I don’t remember that much about the books I read as a little kid. However these definitely still stand out to me!
Yes, present-day Lindsey rarely reads horror of any kind because she’s a big scaredy-cat, but kid Lindsey was addicted to anything creepy and scary. Other than Goosebumps, I was also a big Fear Street fan and I LOVED a Dutch series called De Griezelbus (loosely translated as ‘The Spooky Bus’)
I also loved, loved, LOVED this series about a group of kids fighting aliens invading their planet by turning into animals (a gift given to them by another alien). I’m still peeved that these weren’t all translated into Dutch and I never got to finish the series. This disappointment did start me reading in English more though!
I was a huge reader in high school, though my reading tastes were pretty different to what they are now. Nevertheless, I highly enjoyed all of these books.
I was a huge Nicholas Sparks fan in high school, but especially A Walk To Remember brings back all the memories.
In high school I was also introduced to the wonderful world of fantasy when I saw the first Lord of the Rings movie and became obsessed. I then read all of the books, though it took me a loooong time.
This was by far my favorite book in high school. It’s a story about four boys who go exploring a cave together and end up lost inside. It’s a very emotional book about survival, but also friendship and well, we all know how much I’m a sucker for great friendships.
The only required reading I actually liked and can still remember. I actually read this one during my summer, in advance of the coming school year and I still see myself sitting in the break room of my summer job, reading this book. A book that disturbed me a lot, but also held a lot of important messages.
Would I still love this now? I’m not sure, but I do remember I was obsessed with it in high school and used it for one of my ‘free choice’ book reports, where I vividly explained the differences between the book and the movie.
This lesser-known series by Isabel Allende was one of my favorites in high school. It was my first YA fantasy read before I even knew the meaning of YA fantasy.
So you know how I’m alway saying I should be reading more thrillers? That’s because I used to read more of them and really loved them, so I have no idea why I stopped. But I especially loved the thriller series by Nicci French and could always expect one of their newest books as a birthday gift.
In between high school and college I didn’t read a lot. Required reading in high school had kind of put me in a reading slump for a while. BUT THEN! I discovered the following magical world:
I still see myself sitting at lunch, ignoring everything around me and just reading these books. These books put a new spark in my love of reading, and so many years later, here I am! Still reading and loving books and even blogging about it 🙂