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Top (7) Books From My Childhood



We all have a list of books that in many ways "shaped" our reading today and perhaps even impacted our lives as children. Though not necessarily meaningful in shaping my reading, as a young child I adored the Berenstain Bears and I am convinced my dad will never let me forget that I had him read 'The Girl with the Curl' story over and over again. (Why, I haven't a clue.)

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic isn't so much a list of novels I read as a kid that I'd like to revisit as it is a list of books that made my childhood reading list fun - and an impact on my memories of reading. Oh, it's not that I wouldn't perhaps enjoy re-reading some of them (particularly a beautiful allegorical series), more that my "adult" pile of books is getting... scary. Those childhood books are kept tucked away in corners, here and there, where hopefully, I won't be reminded how much house space my family's book collection owns.


Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit
What little girl doesn't immerse herself in these wholesome, beautiful stories? My grandmother got my historical collection of dolls started before she passed away years ago, and I still to this day enjoy looking through a catalog to see what new dolls, clothes and books they have. In later years, we even enjoyed their mystery collections of stories and today, they are continuing by writing mystery stories that favorites like Kit, Samantha or Kirsten have to solve.

I have fond memories of reading these because after our morning devotional time, my mom, sis and I were able to read them together before our school day started. We took turns with reading and found the historical worlds quite fascinating.


These books I only "discovered" because of the big-screen adaptations and because of that, I read them as an older teen. We read them during the winter nights as a family (always a fun thing) and I think we all wound up loving the books!



To be honest, I don't think I read many of these. I have a couple of the books and I *think* one made it into my "read" pile, but either way, they are lovely stories.

Again, I am not 100% sure I finished this series. But I always loved Laura's world and reading about her life on the prairie - plus the TV show was a fun kind of "companion" to the timeless books.


Sweet with a lovely little love story, this was probably the first "adult" series I read (I still remember stumbling over some of the unfamiliar words). Because of that, it has special memories.


Again, this was another series we read in the  mornings after Bible time and it was such a cute little series of books - or the titles I read were. The movie adaptations were cute as well.

 
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There you have it! Some of the books from my childhood, though I must confess, I don't feel like my childhood self was quite as much as a book nerd as my adult self is. Just an observation
 
Your turn! What memories do you have of your childhood reads?
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  1. I loved the Mandie books as well. Several of yours were favorites of mine.

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    1. Those Mandie books were darling. Definitely a sweet series. :)

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  2. I LOVED Little House on the Prairie. Actually have read through the series probably ten times. Elsie Dinsmore...not so much. She cried way too much. Lol. Another of my favorites were the Besty-Tacey series by Maud Hart Lovelace.

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    1. Totes agree on the Elsie Dinsmore 'crying way too much' comment...

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    2. I'm so glad you liked the Little House books too, Maria! I probably saw more of the show than the books... I'm not sure I ever read the entire series, but did enjoy both. :)

      I don't remember much about Elsie which is why I don't think I read much of her stories, but they are a nice, wholesome alternative, which is always a good thing! As for the Besty-Tracey books, haven't heard of them. I did start to collect the Trixie Belden books when I was older, yet again, I'm not sure if I ever read many. :D

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  3. Oh, this list brings back memories! I think I read every single series on this list. I had almost forgotten about Nancy Rue's Christian Heritage series, but I devoured those books back in middle school :)

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    1. I remember loving those Nancy Rue books. They were set in such fascinating time periods. It's always fun to take trips down memory lane, isn't it, Hayden!? :)

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  4. What a great list, Rissi! You have some wonderful books here. Little House, American Girl, & especially Love Comes Softly... all hold precious memories for me, too!

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    1. Hi, Net! Always a pleasure to have you stop by. :) As for your list, great picks! I would agree - American Girl and "Love" are probably the two I was obsessed with most, but I did love the TV show the "Little House" books inspired. :)

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  5. The Mandie books are a fun series! Did you read all of them? I think I missed the last few.
    All of these are great choices!

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    1. Actually, no. I did miss a lot in that series (aren't there a ton!?) though what I read were way fun! Before she passed away, the author also started a spin-off series about Mandie's college years which would have been fun, but by that time I was a reader looking for "more" depth to my stories. :)

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  6. Oh my word. Reading this list was like reading my own.
    I tried to collect all the American Girl books. Felicity was my favorite.
    The Chronicles of Narnia - of course. I still read those whenever I have the chance. I'm also a huge fan of the audio drama (except for Aslan's voice... No one is better than Liam Neeson)
    I read all the Elsie Dinsmore books...
    Little House on the Prairie - oh my gosh, my Mama used to read those to me all the time. Our first set was so used that I bought my very own, brand new collection. Can't wait to read them to my future kiddos.
    I will never forget the first time I read Love Comes Softly. I couldn't wait to get my own copies (because I borrowed them from the library when I first read the series)...and my Dad was the one who bought me most of the set.
    Mandie - haha I remember those. My sisters are currently really into those mysteries. I only read a few when I was little.

    I would love to write a list like this...

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    1. How fun! :)

      I have a TON of the American Girl books... I haven't had the heart to get rid of them. I think with exception to maybe the new dolls (Caroline and Kaya), I have nearly all of their six-book series. I don't have all of the mysteries, but do own several and I loved Felicity as well. I actually got the doll when I was older because she was a favorite and I'd not been gifted the doll - I saved those pennies. :)

      Narnia is brilliance - and you are right! Neeson does Aslan justice. :) Little House and "Love" are kind of "classics" in their own right and genres. How fun that you have memories of reading the former with your mom. So sweet.

      Mandie's stories are cute. 'Nuff said. :)

      Maybe you should! It's always fun to go back and remember our childhood books.

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  7. This is the first time that I have read every single book (or at least read most of the books in the series) on your list. For some reason this seems like such an accomplishment. I have no idea why. Maybe because it is so much fun to find books in common!

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    1. Yay for shared childhood reading - some of these like "Little House" probably made it onto a LOT of our lists. :)

      It IS fun to find common shared interests, Kaylee! Makes for some great conversation.

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  8. Great list! The American Girl books were probably the ones that got me into reading. I vaguely remember reading a couple of books from the Mandie series, and I know I read at least three or four of the Little House books when I was young and really loved them (I read the entire series about 4-5 years ago). My first grade teacher read us a couple of the Narnia books and they stuck in the back of my mind for years until I finally read the whole series for the first time when I was about 14. Now they're my favorite books (tied with Pride and Prejudice, of course!). You've inspired me...maybe I'll do a post about this soon! :)

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! I wasn't going to put this TTT topic together, but I decided to at the last minute and am glad I did. :)

      Mandie's story were always cute. I'm still not 100% sure if I read all of the "Little House" books or not. Either way, they'd be worth rereading. Narnia is definitely an always favorite! Those story are so lovely - and how fun that you have that memory to associate with the books.

      Yay! Hope you do write up a post. These memes are always fun. :)

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  9. This is great, Rissi! I read all of these except the Christian Heritage, some of the covers look familiar, but I don't think I read them. I loved the Chronicles of Narnia! I also read all the series related to Little House, her great-great-grandmother from Scotland, etc. My mom bought me all 28 Elsie Dinsmore books, and the Elsie doll instead of American Girl, but I read AG books too. Loved Mandie and Nancy Drew.

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    1. The Christian Heritage books are really interesting. Or they were to my younger reading self. :) Hooray for all the Narnia love! Those books are beautiful. Aw, I remember those Scotland books. I either have some or maybe my "sis" does and I've looked through hers... I'm not sure which.

      Yay for AG and Nancy Drew! Never got into the latter as a kid, but they seem like timeless, classic books I could still enjoy as an adult.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your favorites, Lizzie! :)

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  10. I haven't read all these, but I've enjoyed some of them. . . . Particularly the American Girl series! Those were too good, especially the ones with Felicity and Samantha.

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    1. Those American Girl books were a part of most girlhood reading I suspect. But then they were really good, as you say, Hannah. So many lessons to be learned. Felicity was always a favorite and I like Samantha too. Confession: I still enjoy the movies once in a while. :D

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  11. I loved the American Girl books! Did you read Molly's books? I loved her-- makes me wonder where these books are, I hope I still have them somewhere!

    Hmm, I loved Ramona the Pest and Amelia Bedelia. Also Pippi Longstocking. Wow, I kinda wish I had participated this week, it's fun to remember the books I read in the early years. :)

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    1. I did too, Cassie! In fact, I was probably obsessed with AG as a kid. Yes, Molly was another favorite... or really if I'm being honest, they all were. Aw, I hope you still have the books! I've kept mine (so far). I've not had the heart to get rid of them, despite their dated covers and rough edges. :)

      Didn't read Ramona, but the movie is DARLING. Amelia Bedelia is a familiar name as well, but aside from the odd little book or two, I didn't read her stories.

      Well perhaps you can yet! It's always a fun topic to read about, or feel free to write something about your childhood books should you still be interested in writing a post over here. :)

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  12. I read every single thing you listed except the Christian Heritage books. I was a HUGE fan of Americangirl and Mandie as a ten year old, and my Mom read to me the first few Elsie Dinsmore books when I was about nine. I also would spend a lot of time reading the Christy Miller series from Robin Jones Gunn, and Hatchet from Gary Paulsen.

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    1. American Girl was kind of my childhood "obsession" overall. I was a collector of the books and dolls, so they never got old. Even as an adult I feel nostalgic about the company and enjoy looking at their catalogs. Yay for Mandie! Those books were really cute. I never read the Christy Miller books though now several bloggers do recommend them! Glad to know you enjoyed, Kara. :)

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    2. I feel nostalgic as well! Since my youngest sister is only eight and she now enjoys AG, I still get to read her the books and help her dress her (and my) dolls.

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    3. Aw, that's fun! I don't have any legit reasons, but every now and again I do change my dolls into their Christmas dresses at Christmas time or their other period clothes. It's fun. :)

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  13. What a lovely list of books! :-) I remember a lot of these. I always liked the American Girl stories, especially Felicity's! :-) Her movie's quite sweet too!

    I also read the Narnia series when I was a teen... because I saw the movies. Love Narnia!!

    I read and enjoyed one of the Elsie Dinsmore books, but I absolutely loved the revised versions of her cousin, Millie Keith's, stories. That was one of my favorite series when I was like twelve/thirteen.

    Loved Little House on the Prairie, Love Comes Softly, and the Mandie mysteries too! Aw... you're bringing back fond memories... :-D :-)

    Hmmm, besides those, I think the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew were books I read a lot. Probably my first chapter books actually!

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    1. Thanks, Shantelle. :)

      American Girl was a set of books I loved reading! They were (and are) fabulous! I should go through mine sometime and either find them space on my bookshelf or put them somewhere "out of the way." Right now, I don't want to get rid of them. Aw, I love the AG movies as well! Especially Felicity. Funny to think the young girl who plays her grew up to be Tris (Divergent), isn't it!? :)

      The Narnia movies are EPIC in the best sense.

      I've never read the Millie Keith books. But I'm glad to know you liked them!

      It's fun to remember our childhood reads, I would agree. So many memories are associated with them. :)

      I've never read a Nancy Drew mystery. Or not the classics (I may have read one of the reissues that were contemporary versions), but the new cover designs the oldies are getting are awesome. Definitely tempting me to read them - and hey, we're never too old for some Nancy Drew mystery solving, right?! :D

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  14. Great list Rissi!!
    I read most of these as a child too. I have fond memories of reading them:)

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    1. Thanks, Ella! It's always lovely to remember our childhood reads. So many of these were the beginnings of my "book addict" like, so I suppose I can blame, err, I mean thank them for my current obsession. ;)

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  15. I will absolutely read ''Chronicles of Narnia''. And soon.

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    1. They are SO good, Ganise - or the ones I read were. I love the fantastical world and the analogies to Christ. :)

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