Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Ten Books from my Childhood I want to Revisit

As my readers know, I'm hosting a re-reading challenge this year to encourage myself in my re-reading endeavors. I have a list of almost 300 books that I want to re-read in the next several years. So for today's Top Ten Tuesday I'm just narrowing it down to ten that I'm planning on getting to this year. :)
  1. Little Women and others in series by Louise May Alcott- A classic series. :)
  2. The Anne of Green Gables series by L.M. Montgomery- I'm in the middle of re-reading them right now actually. They are just as good the first time as the... wait a moment... I'm not quite sure how many times I have read this series. A lot.... let's just say a LOT! ;)
  3. Swallows and Amazons and others in series by Arthur Ransom- These books always made me want to go sailing as a kid. :)
  4. The Book of Three and others in series by Lloyd Alexander- One of my favorite fantasy series growing up. I re-read these books many times when I was young. 
  5. The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy- I adored the 1984 film version growing up and then read the book some years back and loved it too despite it being different. I'm excited to revisit it. 
  6. The Chosen by Chaim Potok- A very interesting book. I remembering learning a lot more about Jewish culture from it. 
  7. Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham- This is a great book and if you haven't read it you should! It won a newberry award back in the day, which should be clue enough to you that it's worth it. 
  8. The Young Carthaginian by G.A. Henty- Henty's books were some of my favorites as a kid. It was from his historic novels that I developed a deep love of history and though I do not acclaim any deep knowledge of it, to this day I still love history. :)
  9. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White- I've wanted to re-read this every since working at the pig farm last summer... and then, you know, naming my piglet Wilbur. ;)
  10. Emma by Jane Austen- Of all of Jane Austen's books this is my least favorite.... not to say I don't like it though! I'm attempting to re-read it to help me develop a deeper appreciation for it. 
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22 comments:

  1. I just read Charlotte's Web for the first this earlier this year! I really enjoyed it.

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    1. It's a touching and funny novel as I recall. :)

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  2. Anne of Green Gables is a great pick! I've never made it through the whole series. I definitely need to put that one on my list.

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    1. Some of the later ones aren't quite as good but it truly is a fun and entertaining series. I have very fond childhood memories of the books. :)

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  3. I loved Swallows and Amazons and it's on my Classic Club list to revisit. Made me want a life of adventure, Emma

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    1. Yes indeed! Have you ever seen the movies? They're pretty good. :)

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  4. I mentioned The Scarlet Pimpernel as well!....though I watched the 1984 movie only two years ago. I mentioned Alcott as well, though not Little Women. There are many titles on your list I am not familiar with, but they all sound like fun.

    I've also wanted to try G.A. Henty. I wasn't aware of this writer until three years ago when I was browsing through Project Gutenberg. Since then I've read many good reviews on his works.

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    1. Alcott has a lot of great titles! I'd love to re-read the rest of hers when I have time.

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  5. Ok now I wish I had remembered to include Lloyd Alexander in my list. I LOVED The Chronicles of Prydain and read them over and over!

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    1. Another fan! I've re-read those so many times myself!

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  6. You have so many great choices! Chaim Potok is one of my favorite authors, but I don't see too many people talking about him.

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    1. I certainly loved The Chosen but unfortunately I haven't read any of his other books bough I've heard they're great as well. :)

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  7. Louisa May Alcott, Charlotte's Web, Anne…yes;)

    (By the way, this is Arwen. I've revealed my name on my blog, now=D)

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    1. The big reveal! ;) Olivia is pretty but of course Arwen appeals to us Tolkien fans. ;)

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  8. I haven't read 3, 6, or 8, but all the others I HAVE read and found wonderful. Did you know Nat Bowdich was a long time book crush of mine? :-) Oh his adorable nerdiness... And "Sail by Ash Breeze" is my main mantra. I have it written in all my school notebooks and in my planner!

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    1. Oh Sophia you make me laugh! I never would have thought of Nat as having a crush on him but now that you mention I guess I would have married him in a heartbeat.

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    2. He's a little too short for me but... that can be overlooked... :-)

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    3. Wow! You remember more than I do! How on earth do you remember a minute detail like his height? I imagine he can't be shorter than me... I'm fairly short. So I guess I'll marry him and you won't! ;)

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    4. Oh my family is a tall family... so we notice things like that :-)
      I believe his quote is "I'm five two when I stretch." If I remember correctly. :-)

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  9. I actually haven't read any of the books on your list... I did watch The Scarlet Pimpernel miniseries as a kid and loved it! Maybe I should read the book!

    Here are my Top Ten!

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