With that being said this week's top Ten list is top ten Childhood Favorites. My list is not in any form of order. It's whatever I thought of at the time of thinking it, so I suppose it is in order in the manner that my brain decided to hurl them out at me. Does that count?
Without further ado, the list:
1. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls – This is probably the most reread book of my childhood. I’ve read it so many times I’ve had to replace my copy… twice. While it’s very sad, I loved this story and continuous read it. I still read it now.
2. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – I don’t know anyone that hasn’t read this book. This was my first introduction to sorcery and unicorns. While I grew up on My Little Ponies (the 80s version) this was the first time I encountered a similar world in a book.
3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – My grandmother had a collection of books form when she was a girl and this was one of them. Needless to say I wasn’t allowed to read her copy until I could be properly trusted to take care of it. That’s probably the reason this story endears to me as one of my favorites. It’s a symbol of responsibility and maturity in more ways than one.
4. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery – I think this is a typical childhood book for any girl. I didn’t fall for Pollyanna I fell for Ann. I loved her antics and her demeanor though I haven’t read it in some years I still remember parts of the story as clearly as if I had just finished that page. It’s a wonderfully told tale.
5. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene – I started my Nancy Drew collection when I was in second grade. ^_^ My first book was the Secret in the Old Clock. I continued collecting until I hit my first year of high school. Then they started rereleasing books and it lost some of its luster.
6. Are you there God? It's me Margaret by Judy Blume – My mother introduced me to this book around the start of puberty. I think I read it ten or twelve times during that phase as a sort of reminder. It’s always good to have that back up person.
7. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – This was a powerfully moving book. It made me really think about friendship and the importance of it. Being a minority myself, when reading this I thought about how similar things were still if not necessarily caused by Nazis. I could really connect because in a lot of ways the racism the Nazis had for the Jewish wasn’t much different than the racism I dealt with in school.
8. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr – This is the only true story I’ve ever read in my life. I’ve read a lot of based on a true story, but never one that was actually a real true story. Of all the real stories I’ve read (or based on) I love this one the most.
9. Julie of the wolves by Jean Craighead George – What I remember most about this book, is that I didn’t want to read it. >_< Then after reading it, I had to read the second one. Then read the third one. It sort of drew me in and made me love the characters without even me remembering I didn’t want to read it to begin with.
10. Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville – It’s been more than fifteen years since I read this book. I couldn’t even remember the title of the book. I remembered the story, the characters and surprisingly several lines from the book. Google is a wonderful thing. When a story stays with you for that long there’s no way it shouldn’t be on this list. ^_^