Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s all about childhood favorites, and boy did I enjoy taking a walk down memory lane. I forgot about some of these books until writing this post and writing it made me want to reread all of these though sadly I don’t own most of them anymore. Thinking about this list does confirm to me that I’ve ALWAYS been a reader and though book slumps may occur from time to time, I shouldn’t worry about them. This love of books has been going strong for 33 years and is obviously not going anywhere anytime soon 🙂 So for now, walk down memory lane with me as I present: my childhood favorites!
The Babysitters’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
This series is the first one I ever became addicted to. I remember that they were available in our grocery store when I was a kid, and my parents would buy me one most times when I went with them to the store and that was the highlight of my week.
Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
For someone who mostly shies away from horror as an adult, I sure was addicted to creepy stories as a kid. I think I had most of the Goosebumps series, as well as the next one…
Fear Street series by R.L. Stine
Yep, 11-year old me couldn’t get enough of these creepy kind of series.
De Griezelbus series by Paul van Loon
The creepy book series I loved and reread the most were De Griezelbus series. (It’s a Dutch series that is very loosely translated as ‘The Scary Bus’). In this book a teacher and his students are invited by a famous writer for a special ride in ‘the scary bus’ where the writer tells scary stories. Not only that, but something is up with the writer as well… I loved these book so much and would actually love to reread them again!
The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
I had these books at my grandparents’ house, and though I hardly remember anything from them, I do remember I loved going to my grandparents so I could go adventure with the Five.
The Dolphin Child by Patrick Lagrou
A Dutch book that translates as ‘The Dolphin Child’ about a boy who had a special connection to dolphins and swam with them was another childhood favorite. I would have given anything to be able to swim with dolphins myself.
Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
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!
Free Fall by Joyce Sweeney
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 Tiger Orchard by Joyce Sweeney
Another YA book by Joyce Sweeney I was addicted to as a kid was The Tiger Orchard, about a teenager who gets these nightmares about a tiger and an orchard among other things, that have something to do with his past.
City of the Beasts series by Isabel Allende
This lesser-known series by Isabel Allende was one of my favorites in my early high school days. It was my first YA fantasy read before I even knew the meaning of YA fantasy.