Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Childhood Favorites

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This week’s Top Ten: Childhood Favorites

I love asking this question, so it’s only fair that I take the time to answer it myself.  I have mentioned most of these books previously, but I am a book pusher, so please read about them again!  Here are my Top Ten books from my childhood, in no particular order:

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey – I was very sad to learn of Anne’s passing.  Her books were such a big part of my childhood.  If you haven’t read her yet, please consider giving one of her books a try.  These are the first adult fantasy series that I read.  I still love the premise of telepathic dragons!  So very cool, and my younger self was dazzled by these books.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis – One of the first fantasy series that I ever read.  I still get a mushy feeling when I think about these books.  They opened up a whole new world for me.

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander – Everything that I said about The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe applies to this series.  This is probably the second fantasy series that I read, and again, it opened my eyes to a new genre that I still love today.

The White Mountains by John Christopher – This was my first taste of dystopian/post-apocalyptic books.  One of the first sci-fi books that I ever read, a gabillion years ago.

Any Hardy Boys book – I powered through these – I would check out an armful at a time from the library, and do nothing but devour them so I could go back to the library and get more!  Funny thing is, now I am not even that fond of mysteries anymore!

The Sweet Running Filly by Pat Johnson and Barbara Van Tuyl – Horses, adventure, and romance – I still love this combination!

Only Earth and Sky Last Forever by Nathaniel Benchley – This is a book I wish was available digitally.  I would love to read this again, and see how I feel about it now.


The Moon in the Cloud by Rosemary Harris – I have blogged about this book many, many times.  I have re-read it half a dozen times, and I still love it.  The entire series is still fantastic.  I wish the books were available digitally.


Nakoa’s Woman by Gayle Rogers – This book was SO inappropriate for me when I read it.  It’s available as an ebook – I hope I can read and review soon, and see if my opinion of it has changed.


Komantcia by Harold Keith – I read this book a few times when I was younger.  I loved it.  I recently requested it from the library.  I wonder if I will still love it now?

(I loved ANYTHING about Native Americans, especially the Plains tribes and the Comanche, or Cynthia Ann Parker.  I still do.)

What are your Top Ten Childhood Faves?  Please leave links if you participated in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Childhood Favorites

  • December 6, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I don’t have any 10 particular favourite books from my child hood but I do have 3 groups.

    The Baby Sitter’s Club series by Ann M. Martin
    stand alone disaster novels by Caroline B. Cooney
    Choose Your own Adventure books by whoever xD.

    Of course if childhood include teen years then its

    Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
    Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
    The Bartimeaus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud
    and The Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee 🙂

  • December 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

    @Sandy – I read many of the CYOA books, too! Other than HP, I haven’t read any of your other faves, though.

  • December 6, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Can you believe that until four years ago, I had never read the Chronicles of Narnia? I really think I missed out because when I read them, I liked them, but I don’t think they held the same candle that they would’ve had I read them as a child.

  • December 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I LOVED Dragonflight!! I had forgotten about The Book of Three… thx for sharing!

  • December 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Oddly enough, the only book of those I actually remember reading in my childhood was the Hardy Boys… and I suppose I read a few of the female-oriented “Nancy Drew” books as well….

    The mystery genre back then was most certainly mind stimulating.

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