Again, with celebrating my 3rd Blogoversary month, I'm doing another post to let you get to know me a little better. As a child I was a voracious reader. And there were certain books or book series that I read over and over. Ones that I still think about when reading new books today, or that I can't understand why everyone hasn't read them! So I thought I'd share them with you today, here is my top 10, in no particular order.
1. Nancy Drew - My first memory of Nancy Drew is of my mom buying me a whole bunch of them when we were shopping at the JCPenney outlet one night. I think later on in my childhood, my mother may have regretted really getting me so hooked on reading, but there it was. And I became such a huge fan! I have all my copies from when I was a kid. The hard cover yellow ones, and then the paperback ones that came after those.
2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Another series that I read over and over. I remember how neat I thought it was about when Aslan died, and rose from the dead, that it was basically the story of Jesus. I attended a Lutheran school from 1st through 8th grade, and was pretty religious back then. Now, I still enjoy the stories, and am glad that with the movies a whole new generation continues to pick them up.
3. A Wrinkle in Time. I loved this book too, and read all the other books in the series too. Madeline L'Engle was a favorite author of mine. So well do I remember the book, that when they were talking about the tesseract in The Avengers movie this past year, that is the first thing I thought of.
4. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. I think this book is the reason when I was a kid I started thinking about what bridges on the highway would be best to go live under if I had to do that for any reason. Not sure why exactly, but the thought of running away from home to live in a museum sounded so cool.
5. Bunnicula by James Howe. Another series I really liked, especially when Howie the dachshund became a part of the family, as I can't resist a dachshund! I got to meet James Howe a few years ago, and I brought the Bunnicula puppet I'd made for a book report when I was younger, because I still had it.
6. The Parent Trap by Vic Crume. I used to check this out from the library over and over. This is before the movie with Lindsay Lohan of course, this one had Hayley Mills. Read it before I ever watched the original movie too.
7. Remember Me to Harold Square by Paula Danziger. I still have this book as well. And I need to go back and re-read it before I go visit my sister in NYC again so I can remember what other things I might want to do and see.
8. Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal. I loved these books. Jessica and Elizabeth, the chocolate brown room, using vanilla for perfume, etc. But I don't have these anymore, because my parents made me get rid of them when I was in 8th grade.
9. A Summer to Die by Lois Lowry. A depressing book, I did cry every time I read it, and I did read it more than once. But it is one of the reasons I got a file cabinet when I was in middle/high school and started keeping papers in it. I got to see Lois Lowry this summer at BEA, but didn't really get to meet her in an autograph line.
10. The Haunted Mansion Mystery by Virginia Masterman-Smith. I read this book over and over as well. I still have this book as well. I don't think it's been republished, and Goodreads.com doesn't even have a picture of the cover, so I had to take a picture of my copy. Sad. Maybe I should get on the bandwagon to get it back out there.
Do you have a list of books from your childhood that you remember reading over and over? Have you read any of my books? I'd love to hear from you!