Top Ten Tuesday used to be a weekly post hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.” This is definitely something I can understand and want to participate in.
This week’s prompt is: Bookish Memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!)
I was one of those kids that started reading ridiculously early. My mother tells me that I asked too many questions, so she just taught me how to read when I was around 3. I’m the youngest, and my much older siblings talk about coming into the kitchen and finding me, at 4 years old, sitting at the breakfast table, reading the New York Times, and being able to explain exactly what I was reading. I can only imagine how strange that must have looked, but it was just the start of my journey as a book lover. Over the course of my life, there have been so many books that made an impression on me, so I chose to talk about some of my early influences. Here’s some of the highlights of my bibliophile life:
- My Magic Telephone by Daphne Doward Hogstrom — this was the very first book that I can remember absolutely loving. I read it so many times that it literally fell apart, and it’s all about using your imagination. When I found it recently, I duct taped it back together, and passed it down to my great-niece, who loves to read.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein — is there any kid that lived in the 80s and 90s that didn’t have a copy of this book? I’m definitely no exception. I read through this so many times, and it inspired me to write some poetry of my own, although I’m afraid that mine wasn’t very good.
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White — another childhood favorite of mine, looking back, it challenged me to think outside the box. This book humanizes animals, and helps to build empathy and understanding in children, at a time when those are such important attributes to develop.
- Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary — I loved this series! Ramona was a total hot mess, but the books were funny and I loved seeing what kind of mess she would get into next.
- Bunnicula by Deborah Howe — this was such a cute and funny story, with Halloween vibes that weren’t scary. I actually found my childhood copy in the basement, and now it has a place on my shelf with my other much-loved books.
- Black Beauty by Anna Sewell — I was certainly no exception to the horse-loving little girl trope, and this book was everything to me for so long! I still have a copy that is incredibly beat up from so many reads,
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh — I’m not ashamed to admit that after reading these books, I briefly carried a notebook everywhere to take notes on things. Although, unfortunately, I never did get anywhere in my short-lived goal as a spy.
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg — although I remember loving this book so much as a kid, I barely remember what it’s about now. I desperately wanted to run away to a museum though, and now I’m curious about how this book would hold up to a reread!
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume — I loved this book as I got older, and I was able to see myself in the pages of the story. It talked about so many things that made sense to me, that I didn’t really feel comfortable discussing with my parents or maybe even friends, and this was when I realized that books weren’t just an escape but a way to identify and even learn.
- The Baby-Sitter’s Club books by Ann M. Martin — I guess these (and the Sweet Valley High books were basically some of the only YA offerings available when I was younger. I was thrilled when I came across these books, especially because they inspired me to start my own babysitting business, although I did it all on my own.
What were some of your favorite books as a kid?
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