Top Ten Tuesday: Memories of my youth…


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Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular blog meme, Top Ten Tuesday.  This week’s topic:

March 24: Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

“Well hell, I’m 40 years old, almost 41, and I can’t remember the titles of the books I read 20-30 years ago…” This is how I planned on starting today’s post that would go on to explain how I would be sharing a list of books I should have read when I was a kid, but didn’t because I wasn’t much of a reader back then.  However, once I got to looking over on Goodreads I was surprised just how many books I do remember reading and enjoying.  So I guess I will be sharing with you all some of my favorite books from my childhood.  Surprise, surprise my memory isn’t quite leaving me yet.

Ten books I actually remember reading in my youth.

  1. Go, Dog. Go!  This is the first book I ever read by myself, sometime before the age of 5.  My Grandfather was a doctor and he used to get Dr. Seuss (yes, I know this wasn’t written by him), for his waiting room and would give some of them to his Grandchildren.  This must have been one of them.
  2. The Worst Witch (Worst Witch, #1)  I can’t believe I found this!!!  I remember reading this book, like three times, in elementary school.  I loved this book.  Now I want to read it again,  perhaps an inter-library loan is in order.  I didn’t know it was a series either,  wonder if the others were just as good.  This is kinda more simplistic earlier version of Harry Potter.
  3. The Island Stallion (The Black Stallion, #4)  Ah, The Black Stallion series.  I was so into horses when I was a little girl, sucked for someone who lived in town.  I read so many of the books in this series, not the first one though.  I did see the movie for that one after all.
  4. Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems and Drawings of Shel Silverstein I remember checking out these books of poems many a time for library day.  They counted as books but were not as long.  Still though, the poem were cute along with the illustration that went with them.  My favorite is still the one about a snake saying ‘I love you’.
  5. A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)  Does having a book read to you count?  My third or fourth grade teacher read this to us in class one year.  Loved the story so much I re-read a year or two ago.
  6. Say Goodnight, Gracie  On to teen years.  I remember reading this book in high school.  Took place in Chicago and had a great sad ending.  Would fit in beautifully with all the tragic YA stories about teen dying that are popular today.
  7. I Know What You Did Last Summer I remember reading this well before it became a cheesy movie franchise.  This was probably my precursor for my Stephen King phase that I went though in my latter teen years.
  8. Killing Mr. Griffin Another dark and ‘scary’ title I read as an early teen.
  9. The Eyes of the Dragon  Much of my later teen years though were spent reading everything Stephen King had written.  I shake my head now,  what was I thinking…  Anyway, this was one of my favorites.  Still own a copy in my library.
  10. The Stand  This was another one of my favorite written by Mr. King, of course many consider this to be his best book.  Can’t say I disagree.

I really am surprised I found so many books I remember reading in my youth.  I guess I wasn’t as much of a slacker as I thought I was when it came to reading. I see a trend though and perhaps it isn’t that much of a surprise that read what I do today.  What was your favorite book from your childhood?



14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Memories of my youth…

  1. I’ve got thirty years on you, Amy, but there are still some which I remember. The Black Stallion series! I read tons of horse and dog series. One that I remember fondly and in fact did reread a few years ago is Brighty of Grand Canyon. I saw it at a library sale and grabbed it for my neighbor’s daughter. Then I had to reread it before I gave it to her, lol.

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    1. Must be all the reading:) Keeps the brain active, what is the saying, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. My preteen years were spent reading most any horse book I could get my hands on. Of course I think many a young girl went through that stage. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hey if it’s any consolation, just going through some of these lists this week I’m having many, many “ohhhh yeaaaaah this book!” moments. And I’m only early 20’s, so, my memory is worse than yours haha. Oh–I remember the cheesy movie franchise of I Know What You Did Last Summer. I grew up with those slasher horrors, geez, that was what, late 90’s? Everything’s dominated by spiritual enigmas now :(!

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

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    1. I think it was the 90’s for the movie, don’t think I ever saw it though. Wonder how it stacked up against the book. That’s how I felt when looking through Goodreads today, I searched children’s books of the 70’s and 80’s and couldn’t believe I had forgotten so many titles I had read. Of course some weeks I can’t remember what I read last year either…. Perhaps it says more about the books then our memories, that they didn’t leave a more lasting impression. ;)


  3. I would read Go Dog, Go over and over when I was learning to read. It’s one of the books that taught me to read. I haven’t read Where the Sidewalk Ends, but I have read other things by Shel Silverstein.

    Great list!

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  4. I know I read A Wrinkle in Time at some point. I think we had to read it for school (I’m thinking around… Grade 5). I barely remember any of it. When I saw a movie adaptation a few years ago, my first thought was, “WTF?!” Maybe it’s one of those stories that’s better on the page than on the screen.


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