Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books from My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

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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 NarniaSeries of Unfortunate Eventsand 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!

IMG_2442Harry 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.

IMG_2446Emily 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.

IMG_2468The 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.

IMG_2448The 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.

little-princess-book-coverA 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.

IMG_2456Ella Enchanted
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.

IMG_2450Students 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.

willowsThe 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.

IMG_2452The 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.

How did you guys get into reading and what were on your TTT lists this week?

28 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books from My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

  1. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts says:

    Don’t worry, I won’t crucify you for not having read HP/Narnia etc. because at least you’re willing to go read it–I, on the other hand, won’t finish reading them for reasons that the outcome is known to me (re: movies) and blergh no willpower. There, I have tainted this post with this comment and now the pitchforks will be pointed at me instead :D!

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      Haha, nothing is wrong with watching the motion picture adaptation of books! Sometimes the books aren’t worth reading anyway… But I think books like Narnia and Lord of the Rings are epic enough. And thanks for sharing the no-reading repercussions (that didn’t really make sense)? Looks like Cassandra already has a pitchfork pointing at you (in the comment below).

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  2. Lifewithcassandra says:

    I only read one book I think from the clique series. I found out recently that Ella Enchanted was a book made into a movie , so I would love to read it . Oh yes, Harry Potter is a constant in this weeks TTT.😄

    @joey can you feel the Pitchfork behind you ?

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  3. Angelized1st says:

    I haven’t read the majority of books on your list, except for Happy Potter and Percy Jackson. Those two I read as adults, so I didn’t include them in my Top Ten. Have you read the PJ sin-off series, The Heroes of Olympus?

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    • sumlynnnguyen says:

      I have read the first two in that series, but it’s been so long ago, I don’t remember the plot to be honest! I really need to revisit those, I think I have the series on my shelves except for The Son of Neptune. Once I have that one I’ll probably start reading them! Have you?


  4. risabellamegan says:

    OH, gosh. S. A. S. S.!!! I collected all of those too! Those defs started that travel bug in me.

    And Ella Enchanted – CLASSIC.

    Can I also say how CUTE your “Top Ten Tuesday” headers are! Do you design these yourself? Cause they’re adorbz.

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  5. Kimberly @ Come Hither Books says:

    Don’t feel bad about not having read HP/Narnia. This TTT is so much a matter of timing, and everyone came to reading at different times and in different ways. For me, only two of your picks were written before my high school graduation. Lol. I was going to skip this week’s, but my list would be so different I might have to do it after all.

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  6. what about that book ! says:

    You definitely read A Series Of Unfortunate Events! I enjoyed those books so much! It’s OK if you have read Harry Potter late because I did too. Trust me when I say EVERYONE started telling me how amazing it was and stuff like that. Reading them was so fun and I kept wondering how someone could write books as amazing as Harry Potter. PS Are you a Griffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin?

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  7. honya says:

    Great selection here–and some I must check out myself! I envy you getting to experience Snicket, Lewis, & Tolkien for the first time . . . it’s been a while for me, but I still LOVE them. 🙂

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