The Broke and the Bookish, this week's topic: Top Ten Childhood Favorites. This week's topic is tough - so many great reading memories! If I could cheat I would absolutely add Nancy Drew books (I devoured these), L. M. Montgomery's Anne series, and the Boxcar Children novels!
1. Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle - I mean, I loved every L'Engle book I read (and I've read them all) but this was the first and it holds a special place in my heart.
2. The Chronicles of Prydain Series by Lloyd Alexander - again, everything he writes is fantastic...but reading this series is one of my earliest reading memories.
3. The Giver by Lois Lowry - the entire dystopian genre owes a big smooch to this breathtakingly beautiful YA dystopian novel (BTW - I just found out there are sequels to The Giver, has anyone read them??).
4. Wise Child by Monica Furlong - unfortunately, this is a rare and sadly overlooked book. I don't remember the details of the story, but I remember being completely enamored with this novel.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - I have a feeling this will make an appearance on most people's lists.
6. The Blue Sword (and series) by Robin McKinley - I don't think I can convey how much I looooved this book with words (um, kickass sword-wielding heroine anyone??). If you like fairytales you should definitely check out McKinley's works!
7. The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer - early proof that I would soon be nerdtastic...futuristic sci-fi awesomeness :)
8. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare - wonderful historical fiction with endearing characters.
9. The Golden Compass (and series) by Philip Pullman - I was lucky to have a bookworm mom. Due to her bookish-ness, she heard the buzz surrounding this epic book and it was purchased for me when it was only available as a hardcover back in '95 - thanks mom!
10. The Crystal Cave (and series) by Mary Stewart - these are not necessarily YA books (but not particularly challenging either), yet what kid doesn't love tales of Arthur and Merlin?? This series was (and is) one of my faves.