For most of my childhood, I hated reading. I was 11 when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released, and my dad decided to buy it for me since it was literally everywhere (and he knew my dislike towards reading). So the comical thing is that I actually read the final HP book first, but it got me into reading.
I thought it’d be appropriate to put that out there since my list will probably contain a lot of young adult novels than children books, since I didn’t really start reading until my preteen and early teenage years. That being said, I actually haven’t read Narnia, Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Hobbit (don’t hurt me!), but I plan to! But anyway, onto this week’s Top Ten Tuesday feature by The Broke and the Bookish!
Harry Potter (Series)
by J.K. Rowling
Genres: [Children/Young Adult] Fantasy, Adventure
A total childhood classic that is timeless, and pretty much is awesome when read at any age. This is probably going to appear on everyone’s list this week.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians (Series)
by Rick Riordan
Genres: [Middle Grade] Urban Fantasy, Mythology
Riordan creatively introduces Greek mythological elements to young readers in this. As silly as it sounds, part of the reason why I took Latin throughout high school and college is because of this book. The Greeks and Romans are interesting and have influenced the modern civilization we have today in many ways.
Emily Windsnap (Series)
by Liz Kessler
Genres: [Children/Middle Grade] Fantasy, Mermaids
Wow, I actually forgot I had these books until a recent purchase of The Syrena Legacy series by Anna Banks. The story of Emily Windsnap is mainly about a girl who learns she’s a mermaid and learns to cope with her new abilities. Friendship is involved, I think. And I actually corresponded with Kessler via email when I was younger as a fan, she was a nice and mentioned how she hadn’t decided how many books would be in the series. So I think it’s still ongoing.
The Clique (Series)
by Lisi Harrison
Genres: [Middle Grade] Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
The really weird thing about this is I never finished reading this series, but I have continued to buy the sequels over the years (you all know I have an addiction to buying books to complete series). These weren’t my favorite from what I remember, but worth the visit since I have them. They’re kind of like the middle school version of Gossip Girl and more appropriate for a younger audience to read.
The Alex Rider (Series)
by Anthony Horowitz
Genres: [YA] Action, Adventure
I remember this series was well written and just plain cool (with all the high-tech gadgets and dangerous missions). Every book focused on new adventure, but the entire series had an overall plot. I also really liked Alex Rider. He was mysterious, strong, and a total badbutt.
A Little Princess
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Genres: [Children] Classics, Historical Fiction
To be honest, I don’t remember what happened in the book. I just remember I loved it.
by Gail Carson Levine
Genres: [Children/YA] Fantasy, Fairy Tales
I think I’d love to revisit anything by Gail Carson Levine. This was a great read, and I remember The Two Princess of Bamarre was enjoyable as well.
Students Across the Seven Seas (S.A.S.S.) (Series)
by various authors
Genres: [YA] Contemporary, Study Abroad
This one is a series of novels written by different authors. And in each book a high school girl narrated her experience as an exchange student where she lived. Some of the cultural references were inaccurate at times, but the books were still cute and fun to read. I also always thought the titles were fun and witty.
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
Genres: [Children] Classics, Fantasy, Animals
I always enjoyed reading any books about animals, and this one was one of my favorite among the ones I read.
The Tales of the Frog Princess (Series)
by E.D. Baker
Genres: [Children] Fantasy, Fairy Tales
This one is basically a retelling of The Frog Prince, but with a twist. If you’ve seen Disney‘s The Princess and the Frog, this is basically what the animation was loosely based off of.