This week’s topic is: top ten favorite childhood reads. I thought this topic would be harder than it was. I didn’t like reading much until I was in middle school and even then I read a lot of adult books (lots and lots of Stephen King) which I think is funny, because now that I’m an adult I read mostly YA. Anyway, here is my list. I tried to keep it mostly children’s/middle grade books, but a few of my adult favorites made it on.
1. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This is the book that started my love for reading. Before I read this in 6th grade I struggled a lot with books. Looking back on that now I think I just hadn’t found the right kind of books. I can easily say that this one changed my life though. It made me a reader.
2. American Girls
These were when I was pretty young and I would beg my mom to read them to me because I didn’t like reading much. I don’t remember much about them other than I just adored the entire idea of American Girls and Samantha was my favorite. I got the catalog and drooled over the dolls all the time. I never got one. 🙁
3. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
I can remember the day I checked this baby out of the library. I was in elementary school and the librarian warned me that it was very scary. I just knew I had something special in my hands and I did. This one created my love for horror.
5. Weeping Willow by Ruth White
I read this in 8th grade, I think.Something about it has just stuck with me for a very long time.
6. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
This is an adult book, but it was in my middle school library and I was rather competitive when it came to Accelerated Reading and this was worth a lot of points. I really loved it back then, but I didn’t get a lot of it. I read it again when I was 19 or so and it made much more sense and I loved it even more.
7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I remember finding this in the Scholastic catalog and thinking ‘I have to have this’. This book probably changed my life. Even though I wasn’t in the same situation as the MC I related to her a lot. It was the first issues book I ever read. I probably read it once a month for at least year. It helped me get through a very difficult time.
8. Pet Semetery by Stephen King
I started reading SK books when I was in 6th grade, but this is still my most favorite. (It was also worth a lot of AR points) My reading teacher in middle school would let me borrow her special edition Stephen King books off her desk. She was a really amazing teacher.
10. The Giver by Lois Lowery
This book is utterly amazing. It definitely makes it into my top 3 favorite books from my middle school days. (The Outsiders, Speak, and The Giver if you were wondering)