Top Ten Books from My Childhood/Teen Years that I’d Love to Revisit
Early MG Favorites
- The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts – I actually found this one at the library and read it again (along with my son). It’s still a cute book, and I can see why I loved it (the new cover is much prettier than the one on the book I read in the 80’s!). It’s about a girl with silver eyes who has telekinetic powers.
- The Ghost Next Door by Wylly Folk St. John – This was actually probably the first book I can remember loving. I must have read it a million times and it inspired me to write my own ghost book (which I won a prize for in the Young Author’s competition at school – I was so proud!). I haven’t been able to find a copy anywhere, so I haven’t been able to revisit this one, but I hope to!
- Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames – I ADORED this book!!! It was about a girl who finds out that she’s a clone – and it was my first foray into sci-fi. I haven’t gotten my hands on this one either, but I WILL!
Later MG Favorites
- Watership Down by Richard Adams – One of my favorite things about homeschooling my kids is that I can set the curriculum to stuff that I like! Right now, we’re reading Watership Down, which I remember loving when I was a kid!
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – I loved this book as a kid, so I was eager to have my daughter read it too. I meant to read it along with her, but somehow that didn’t happen. I need to pick this one up again so that I can re-live the memories!
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Even when I was a kid, I apparently loved stories that could make me cry. This was a definite favorite, and my son loved it too! (I haven’t had my daughter read it yet – soon.)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Without a doubt, my absolute favorite series from my teen years (and possibly of all time) was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. This series was zany and weird and hilarious – and I LOVED it! I also loved Adams’ Dirk Gently series, but not quite as much as this one.
- The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan – I read the first book in this series when I was in high school, and I was completely entranced. Ironically, I’m just now finishing this series on audiobook – it’s an incredibly long and complicated series, and I’m sad to say that I fell a little bit out of love with it somewhere in the middle, but the final books in the series are making up for it!
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – This is one of the classics that I remember loving in high school!
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – This is a series that I definitely want to revisit with my kids. It’s been so long that I don’t remember much about it – except that I loved it!
What books did you love as a kid?