Top Ten Tuesday: Nostalgic Reminiscing - Books from my Childhood

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by bloggers at The Broke and the BookishThis week I've  picked the top ten books from my childhood I'd love to revisit, or that I have fond memories of. 

So much nostalgia going on in this post.

1. The BFG by Roald Dahl


Roald Dahl was one of my absolute favourite writers when I was younger, and this was one of his books which I kept going back to.

2. Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl


Yep, another Roald Dahl novel (I could fill this list with just his books to be honest). I remember reading this as our class book back in fourth grade with one of the best teachers I had, Mrs. G. The whole class sitting outside while she read parts of the story and we followed with our own copies of the book still brings back fond memories.

3. Thora by Gillian Johnson


I still have the three books in this series on my bookshelf. For some reason, the story of a half-mermaid girl and her adventures was so fascinating to me - I couldn't stop reading these!

4. Winging It by Annie Dalton


Another book series I found really enjoyable - sort of supernatural/time travel/saving the world type of stories which kept me enthralled.

5. Phredde and the Zombie Librarian by Jackie French


Yep, before I got into the historical fiction side of Jackie French's writing, I delved into her 'A Phaery named Phredde' series. This is just one of them, and I remember how interesting it was that each book had fruit suggestions on what to eat the stories with. Very cute and whimsical.  

6. A Waltz for Matilda by Jackie French


Of course I had to put this on here! This book just has that special something that really resonated with me from the start. I still go back to it every couple of years, it's one of those special gems that I think will stay with me for a long time.

7. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins


It's funny that my sister borrowed this from the library the other day and I thought it looked familiar before I had that lightbulb moment where it clicked: 'Hey, I remember reading that!'. Really subtle, beautifully written MG contemporary. 

8. Hello, God by Moya Simons


The first book I read about cancer and it was the first one that made me cry because of it. It was quite moving and makes you think and appreciate the life you have. 

9. Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson


I remember going shopping with my grandparents and picking this out from Borders (when those stores were still around). I loved the time travel, twists and intrigue in this one. I also really enjoyed Time Riders by Alex Scarrow. 

10. Clarice Bean, Don't Look Now by Lauren Child


I read this book at about the same time that I enjoyed watching Charlie and Lola on TV (if there's another thing to get nostalgic about, it's the shows I used to love as a kid). I got this from a school book fair (THE event of the year for young bookworms) and never looked back. *sigh* good times.

Basically, this list could go on for a while - there are so many more to talk about (plus the picture books which would take up a whole other post!) What are some favourites from your childhood? 


  1. Fab choices.... you can't beat Dahl for bringing childhood memories to the forefront!

    My TTT  - Thea @ Gizzimomo's Book Shelf

  2. YESSSSS CLARICE BEAN I STILL HAVE THOSE BOOKS. *wipes tear of nostalgia* I love some good Roald Dahl as well. I read A Waltz for Matilda in year seven, I think, and really loved it :)

    1. Ah those were the good times - I'm glad I have this one as a memory. Glad to hear you liked A Waltz for Matilda :)

  3. The only one here which I read in my childhood was the BFG! man I loved Road Dahl so much, one of the first books I remember ever reading and loving!

    1. Same here! I really enjoyed the BFG - my copy looks pretty used, but it shows the love that I had for it.

  4. Roald Dahl is an absolute favorite of mine too, the underlying snark in his characters even appeals to adults. The books I remember from my childhood was The Babysitter's Club series. If you weren't reading the series, you were shunned almost. To be honest, it was peer pressure, I didn't even like them all that much.

    My all time favourite (besides Alice in Wonderland of course), was Charlotte's Web. I have my old original copy still, but bought a new anniversary edition that I can pass onto my kids one day.

    Thanks for sharing poppet, these brought back some lovely memories <3

    1. His work definitely has that enduring quality which you can read at any age. Alice In Wonderland and Charlotte's Web are some old favourites I really enjoyed as well, they're simply timeless!

  5. The BFG, yes! I remember reading that one a few times :) Man, you're right-total nostalgia. Going back a little farther than chapter books I remember liking Click Clack Moo Cows That Type with a strong passion (for a kid, haha) and There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed A Fly.

    1. Aaah I think I remember reading There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed A Fly at some point when I was little as well, and also 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' - I might even do another post on picture books I remember...

  6. The BFG was one of my favorite childhood reads - thank you for sharing an amazing list <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

    1. You're welcome, glad you liked the post and the BFG :)

  7. Ohmygosh YES to BFG and PHREDDE. Also, did you say it Fred or Freddie? I said it Freddie, but a friend of mine said it as Fred. You can be a tiebreaker, Eugenia :D

    I adored the BFG, and I even had one of those ancient VHS tapes that was just a person reading out the book, with the pictures from the book on the screen. Ah, the good old days.

    And I'm pretty sure one of my first ships was Pru and the vampire boy that came in one of the books XD

    1. I always said it like 'Freddie' - it just sounded right for me (I hope I don't mess up a friendship by saying that!) *whispers**but deep down I think you've got it right*
      Yes! I know who you mean but GAH I wish I could remember his name...

  8. Ohmygod yes the Agent Angel series! I absolutely loved those books when I was younger but I didn't know anyone who read them. I also adored Clarice Bean! Great choices :)

    1. I didn't know anybody else who had read them either - glad to meet another fan! Thanks for stopping by Angeline, glad you liked the post :)


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