top ten tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at The Broke and the Bookish, is about books from our childhoods/teen years that we loved and would like to revisit. This is a list of books/series I remember loving. Some I’ve re-read since, some I haven’t, and some I know would lose a lot if I re-read them now. It’s funny, though, overall the genres I leaned toward then are the same ones I enjoy now. I tried to arrange my list in time-line order, more or less.

1. The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan Berenstain – All of the Berenstain Bear books were good, but this was a favorite.

2. Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls  by George Jonsen –  I still pull this one out on occasion for Thursday’s Tales.

3. The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall – Adventure, magic and “rebels” who save the day.

4. Nancy Drew mysteries by Carolyn Keene – Who didn’t want to be Nancy?

5. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – I remember loving it, but that’s about it. I need to re-read it.

6. Sweet Valley High novels by Francine Pascal – Teenage trash, but fun. The YA choices were not exactly up to today’s standards, I don’t think.

7. The Baker Street Dozen edited by Pj Doyle and E.W. McDiarmid – I’ve loved Sherlock Holmes for a long time.

8. Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie – I still love classic mysteries.

9. Silk Vendetta by Victoria Holt – I read every book by her our library had.

10. I’ll Take Manhattan by Judith Krantz – Another author I read a bunch of.

I could keep going, but 10 it is. What books would you like to revisit? Some of these are the covers I remember, some aren’t. And I couldn’t find a decent cover of The Baker Street Dozen, so I went with a different Holmes collection.