Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Our Top Ten Childhood Favorites


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

For future Top Ten Tuesday topics through February, check them out here!

Welcome everyone to Top Ten Tuesday! Today we are doing a retro week where we went back and revisited the FIRST EVER Top Ten Tuesday. We had a grand total of 8 entries, each of which we were thrilled to have, just like every week we are thrilled with all of you who decide to participate. So now without further ado, a collaboratory post of...

Top Ten Childhood Favorites

 Jamie's picks
1. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein:  I was OBSESSED with this book as a child along with Where The Sidewalk ends.


2. Little House In The Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder: True story...instead of playing house or school like normal kids..I tried to make my sister play "Little House on the Prairie" with me. I LOVED THIS BOOK and series.

3. Superfudge by Judy Blume: I thought this book was hilarious as a child! After reading this I read EVERYTHING by Judy Blume. EVERYTHING. She wrote some of the best YA books everrr!

4. The Boxcar Children series: I was obsessed with these books. I SO wanted to be a homeless child in a boxcar with my brothers and sisters. It seemed like the best thing ever....complete freedom. I got older and realized how actually that would be pretty shitastic. BUT hey...these kids were resourceful. And for some reason I always remember them having a broken teacup. Random, right?

5. ANYTHING EVERY BY BEVERLY CLEARY!! -- Seriously, my school librarian couldn't give these to me any faster. I swear I'm going to read these again soon!

Julia's Picks
6. Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger - Louis Sachar
I will never forget the throwing out the window test of gravity, the cows, and the students themselves! Such a fun book for a preteen. I am pretty sure I read this at least four or five times. I got it from the book fair. So much fun. I think this is the one where she has her baby (how do I remember that...)

7. The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton
7th grade. Coming of age. Even though it was the 50s for Ponyboy, I could relate to him so much! Two-bit, Sodapop, Darry, Dally and of course, Johnny. All of these characters I look back on fondly as a remembrance to the entrance to my adolescence. The funny thing about this book is I read it again but it didnt have that same glow as the first time. Make me not sure if I want to read my childhood faves again or not...

8. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
Oh, man the tears when I read this book. It was such a cool premise. Living forever. And it really was also an interesting study on the implications therein. I didn't understand her choice. The 12 year old me would have chose eternal love in a heart beat. But I loved the book regardless. Maybe it would have turned out kind of like an Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire Claudia (?) kind of thing...

9. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
I think I read this after I saw the movie, but I loved the book just as much. Who could not love growing up with these girls. Seeing their lives change from year to year while their sisterly dynamic pretty much stayed the same. Plus a young Christian Bale playing Lorrie did not help at all.

10. Aesop's Fables - Aesop
At a time when I wasn't reading too much of anything, I found the mythology club. Then I found these stories. I read them and loved them. I am pretty sure I even acted in some of them. Oh fourth grade and the role of "One who holds the sticks for the grapes to be attached to"


63 comments :

  1. I agree with a lot of these choices, especially The Boxcar Children! For Jamie's first choice: isn't The Giver by Louis Lowry?

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  2. This is a great one, and will definitely show who is older than others... like me! Here's Mine!

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  3. Oooh good call on The Outsiders!

    Michele | Top 10

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  4. @Sophia

    You are right. Good catch. Jumped in to fix it. Thanks!

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  5. Actually its Lois... huh. Checked on Goodreads... maybe i should check the others too just in case haha.

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  6. *sigh* To Triple post... i cant BELIEVE I forgot Chose your own adventure books. I flippin' LOVED those.

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  7. Lois Lowry made it to my TTT this week- but for a different title! Awesome topic as always :)

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  8. So much fun, and we had utterly different picks!

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  9. FYI: The Giver is indeed by Lois Lowry, but you might be thinking of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

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  10. OMG Tuck Everlasting is SOOOOO good! But I didn't read it until high school. I woulda loved it as a kid, though!

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  11. I AM LOVING THIS WEEK's TOP TEN!

    loved all of your picks. making me sentimental just thinking of them all!

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  12. Little House on the Prairie made my list too. :-)

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  13. I just recently read The Giver and loved it! The Boxcar children and the Outsiders made my list as well.

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  14. Oh lookie, I have one in common!
    Loved Aesop's Fables too (I read it first in Afrikaans, my home language, and then in English a few years later).
    And Judy Blume... I completely forgot about her. She was my hero I swear.

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  15. And the Outsiders were AWESOME too.

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  16. I just simply ran out of spaces! The Boxcar Children and Little Women should both have been on my list along with a bunch of others, but I just ran out of room!
    JNCL
    The Beauty of Eclecticism

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  17. I loved The Boxcar Children, and I cried reading Tuck Everlasting too.

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  18. basically all these are awesome choices!

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  19. GUYS. I AM A MORON. I meant to write The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein rather than The Giver by Shel Silverstein. I was trying to mix it up and had been looking at my list from the first week we ever did TTT which (which was this topic) had The Giver on it! JAMIE FAIL.

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  20. I love Tuck Everlasting! Great list!

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  21. I know this is a repeat for a lot of folks, but it's a first time for me, and I'm really enjoying seeing everyone's answers.

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  22. um, playing little house on the prairie IS what normal kids do, right?

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  23. I can't believe I forgot Natalie Babbit! I loved her books, especially Tuck Everlasting, Kneeknock Rise, and The Search for Delicious. I even enjoyed the movie, which stars Rory Gilmore! I was also obsessed with Where the Sidewalk Ends. Great list!

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  24. I just found this blog and feature last week and posted my first Top Ten Tuesday today!
    I also have Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary on my list..I definitely skewed into YA material (childhood was a while ago so I went with what I remembered!)

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  25. I found out about this blog (and this list) from a blog (Manga Maniac Cafe) and I found myself liking it. Thanks a bunch! :)

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  26. This topic is bringing back so many great memories! I also had Boxcar Children, Little House, and the Giving Tree! I never got around to reading the follow-up, but loved the first Wayside School book!

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  27. Hi! This is my first time participating. :)

    I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that haven't read most if what is on the list. But I have a few of the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder that I intend to read but I'm kinda waiting on getting the series completed before diving in. :)

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  28. haha...our lists are almost identical!! So awesome. I almost added Tuck Everlasting, except I'm pretty sure I only read it for school. The obligation somehow tainted it for me.

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  29. Love this topic. Butttttt. I feel old cause I can't remember what I read back then. I had to do research for this one! Haha. Fun as always.

    For the record, we all played Little House when we were kids. My brother always messed it up though cause he got bored with "taking care of the animals" etc. So he would bring in new elements like "blasting fireballs into the bails of hay" by making a little whooshing sound and sticking out his arms. Ahhh the memories.

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  30. I LOVE Shel Silverstein. His books were amusing and the illustrations always made me smile.

    And yay for the Boxcar Children! I definitely loved reading that series when I was younger too.

    I can't believe I didn't mention Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, tsk tsk.

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  31. So many great books that I remember either reading or at least seeing at my school library! I loved The Giving Tree so much, I need to get a copy for my home collection. And how could I forget the Wayside School books! I remember when one of my teachers would start the day off by reading a story from Sideway Stories from Wayside School. Awesome! Great list both of you!

    ~DJL

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  32. Love all of these! But especially anything and everything by Beverly Cleary. I devoured those as a kid.

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  33. I loved Little House on the Prairie, Superfudge, and Wayside School. Great choices...ah memories!

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  34. I love all your choices--although I didn't read Tuck Everlasting until I was a grown up and saw the show on Television. kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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  35. I just read Tuck Everlasting for the third or fourth time in my Children's Lit class!! I love that book, but I never read it when I was a kid haha

    My Top Ten List

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  36. This is my first link-up with you! Thanks for letting me join in on the fun.

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  37. Oh wow, I can't believe I forgot Little House on the Prairie!

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  38. This is a great list! I read a lot of Judy Blume in school too but I realize that what I like more of what I've read recently. Beverly Cleary is always the best too. My mom's name is Ramona and I always got a kick out of that. (In fact, a few years ago for the holidays, I bought her Ramona and Her Mother or something like that.)

    I can't wait to check out everyone else's lists!

    Awesome, awesome prompt!

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  39. I remember reading a few of Aesop's Fables when I was kid. They were also so fun. I loved getting to the moral of the story.

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  40. Aesop's Fables are imbedded in my psyche! My networked electrical devices are all named after animals in them.

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  41. The Boxcar Children were my absolute FAVORITE books when I was younger! I couldn't stand The Giving Tree, though, haha. Little Women is amazing! (:

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  42. Great list, definitely agree with most of them! Mine's here.

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  43. Beverly Cleary!!! Oh how I *adored* the Ramona series.

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  44. I'm so excited to be participating for the first time!!!

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  45. I shared a lot of those favorites as a kid, although I was a horror kid from the start. I used to read Fear Street books before bed, and I wanted to go to Chilleen Academy in Phantom Valley. :D

    I just posted my list on my blog!

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  46. Tuck Everlasting & The Outsiders are on my list too.

    Stay gold Ponyboy. Stay gold.

    http://www.babiesbooksandsigns.com/2011/12/top-ten-tuesday.html

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  47. Great Top Ten picks! It was nice to return to childhood for a few moments. :)

    Wendy @ Escape Into Fiction

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  48. Box Car Kids!!! How did I forget about that series? I thought it would be so cool to live like them!

    Kelly
    Radiant Shadows

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  49. What a nostalgic top ten! Great choice!

    I'm new to book blogging and in need of followers :)

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  50. it's my first time participating :)
    though it's a shame I could only think of 7 ):

    my top ten

    (:

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  51. Found your blog while browsing Technorati. My ever favorite Little Women is on the list. Your top ten books are written by really good authors. Won't be surprise they're still a hit nowadays. :-)

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  52. The Giver! That one is on my list, too.

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  53. Wooo my 1st Top Ten! Boxcar Children were very popular.

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  54. That's a great list!
    www.rebeccabany.com

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  55. I loved this top ten topic! I have The Giving Tree, The Boxcar Children, and The Outsiders on my list. I really want to go back and re-read some of these... Here’s my Top Ten Childhood Favorites post! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte

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  56. This is my first time participating! I had sooo much fun coming up with my list. :)
    http://booksandstuff-kstar.blogspot.com/2011/11/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-childhood-faves.html

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  57. Good grief, I somehow commented on the wrong post on my first try. le sigh... This was a ton of fun.

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  58. Sorry for the double posting guys; this is only my second week blogging and I didn't realize that my link from last week still showed up!

    Great fun reading all of your posts -- I did a lot of "Oh Yeah! I loved that book too" while reading (husband thinks I'm crazy, talking to the computer!)

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  59. I came across this meme and decided to participate too! I really like it :] it's interesting to see the overlap of books that we've read in common

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  60. Oh Little Women... it is an all time favorite. I always love to read it in the winter... which reminds me, it's time to reread it again!

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  61. Fun topic to work with this week! Love some of the choices on your list.

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  62. I added my link for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday in here. So sorry.

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