TOP TEN TUESDAY: Ten old favourites

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For Top Five Wednesday last month, I talked about books I loved before I started blogging. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is a similar topic, but I’m going to dive back even further. I can’t remember much about any of these ten books, because I read them so long ago, but they’re old favourites from throughout my life. Even though I can’t remember details they still pop up in my mind regularly, and I probably should reread them all (at some point…)

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10) ‘James and the Giant Peach‘ by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Any of Roald Dahl’s books would have been great choices, but I can remember ‘James and the Giant Peach’ the most. Who could forget a ginormous piece of fruit rolling around the countryside willynilly?! That being said, I reread a couple of Roald’s novels last year and wasn’t as impressed with them as an adult… I hope this one stands the test of time.

9) ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark‘ by Jill Tomlinson

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson

I was also afraid of the dark, so I really related to this tiny, adorable owl. It’s a super fast read, which is probably why I can remember picking it up again and again (and again!).

8) ‘The Hundred-Mile-an-Hour Dog‘ by Jeremy Strong

The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog by Jeremy Strong

Fast boi is fast. If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I LOVE dogs. This hilarious tale of a super speedy dog filled me with so much joy, and I still have my treasured copy on my bookshelf.

7) ‘The Girlfriend’ by R.L. Stine

The Girlfriend by R.L. Stine

I can’t remember the details of many R.L. Stine novels, but I can remember that I was far too young to read ‘The Girlfriend’. For some reason, when I read any Fear Street books, I had to sit on the stairs staring directly at my front door… Probably in case any of the murderers tried to break in! ‘The Girlfriend’ was probably cheesy as hell, but it sticks in my mind as a super scary novel. I wonder if it would frighten me as much now?

6) ‘The Queen’s Nose‘ by Dick King-Smith

The Queen's Nose by Dick King-Smith

‘The Queen’s Nose’ was a book that I read over and over… And could never remember. Honestly, I know I read it 10+ times, but I can’t remember the name of the lead character or any details. There was a 50p coin that granted wishes, and a magical bunny (or was that just because I read the book at Easter?). Who knows, but I loved the other Dick King-Smith novels that I read.

5) ‘The Indian in the Cupboard‘ by Lynne Reid Banks

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Apparently ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’ was adapted for TV AND was the first in a series of five novels. I can’t remember carrying on with the series, but I can remember that this magical novel absolutely astounded me when I was younger.

4) ‘The Animals of Farthing Wood‘ by Colin Dann

The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann

I’m not sure why thinking about ‘The Animals of Farthing Wood’ always makes me want to cry, but I can remember that it was the first book that I kept flipping forward to see what would happen next (without really reading the words on the previous pages). It’s probably a sad one – most wild animal stories are – but I’m going to have to be brave and read it again to be sure.

3) ‘Into the Wild‘ by Erin Hunter

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

I’ve probably mentioned my love for the Warrior Cats series in the past, but the first book is magical. A regular house cat goes exploring in the woods behind his house and finds a gang of wild cats, who accept him into their ranks and allow him to start training to become a Warrior. There are many (many, many) series within this world, but the first six books are absolute favourites of mine.

2) ‘The Diamond Girls‘ by Jacqueline Wilson

The Diamond Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

I read a heck of a lot of Jacqueline Wilson novels when I was younger, but this is the one that sticks in my mind the most. Being an only child, I was fascinated to read about a large group of siblings who grew up in a world so similar – yet vastly different – to mine. Jacqueline Wilson is the queen of children’s fiction, because she’s not afraid to touch upon serious topics.

1) ‘The Innocent’s Story’ by Nicky Singer

The Innocent's Story by Nicky Singer

‘The Innocent’s Story’ deserves more attention, because it’s a children’s book about a suicide bombing. The main character doesn’t completely die: her spirit can step into people’s minds and hear their thoughts. I remember crying constantly while reading ‘The Innocent’s Story’. It’s high on my list of books to purchase and experience again.

I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! What old favourites do you still cherish?

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    I shared 5 of my favorite books as a child. I started reading adult books early so it was hard for me to come up with “kid” books. In fact, I probably read more middle grade and YA now than I did back then. Awesome list!

  • Jo Elliott

    I loved The Queen’s Nose show when it was on TV, but I can’t remember being as enamoured by the book.
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