It's Tuesday and that means it's Top Ten day over at The Broke and the Bookish! Head over there and join in on the fun. I love top ten lists and used to do my own Tuesday list, even before this meme began, but I haven't had enough time to participate lately, so I'm enjoying this today.
Today's topic is Top Ten Books from my Childhood/Teen Years I'd Like to Revisit. Great! I loved reading when I was a kid. Only one problem: I have already revisited almost all of my childhood favorites as an adult, many of them to share with my own two sons.
So, I am splitting my list into two parts - first, those old favorites that I have already reread and then a shorter list of those I still want to revisit:
Childhood Books I Have Enjoyed Revisiting:
- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren - one of my all-time favorites when I was a kid. Who didn't want to be Pippi? I read it aloud to my sons who loved it just as much as I had.
- The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - My 2nd grade teacher read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe aloud to us, and I was hooked - I ran to the school library and read all the rest of the series! As soon as my boys were old enough, my husband and I read the entire series out loud to them, and of course, they loved it!
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - my all-time most favorite childhood book. I read it over and over again and even starred as Meg when our 4th grade class put on a play of the story. I was so excited to read this to my sons that I started too young, and they got scared, but a few years later, they each read it and loved it and read the rest of the series (all of which I still have!)
- The Borrowers by Mary Norton - Again, what kid didn't want to be a Borrower? I also read this one aloud to my sons, and they liked it just as much.
- Harriet the Spy by Louis Fitzhugh - another favorite of mine when I was in elementary school, but when I excitedly read it to my sons, they didn't like it much. They thought Harriet was mean to her classmates, which just goes to show they are much better people than I was at their age!
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - No, I didn't read this one to my sons! But I loved it as a teen and re-read it a few years ago, after March by Geraldine Brooks peaked my interest. Just as good as I remembered.
Childhood/Teen Books I Would Like to Revisit:
- Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene - oh, the hours I wiled away with Nancy, Bess, and George! It's been decades since I've read one and would love to revisit them. I have a few here somewhere. My youngest son loved to read the Hardy Boys and developed a serious obsession with the 70's Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys TV show!
- The Rest of the Series That Starts with A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - as I mentioned above, I read the whole series when I was a kid, as did my oldest son years later. I still have all the books on my shelf and would love to revisit the rest of the story.
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens - This was my first Dickens' novel, read for 9th grade English, and I remember enjoying it but only vaguely remember the plot and details.
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - Read for my 10th grade English class, with one of my favorite teachers. I remember I loved it and have been meaning to reread it - again, it's right upstairs on my shelf!
How about you? What books from your childhood or teen years would like to revisit or have you enjoyed rereading?