Once again, I’m ignoring the long list of reviews waiting to be written in favor of an interesting Top 10 Tuesday. It’s hosted as always by the good folks at The Broke and the Bookish, and I was sucked into it this time by the lovely list put together by Maureen at By Singing Light.
The topic as originally presented could include teen books, too, and I might interpret it to mean new favorites that I’ve already read – but that list would get out of hand…. As a child, I was much more cautious about the books I read. I read and reread, with favorites from my home library and the public and school libraries that I’d read every year. Here are a few of those – some I’ve re-read and even acquired since, some I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t. I’m feeling more inspired to do so after writing this!
Beauty by Robin McKinley – As previously told, I discovered this at the library (oddly, with the fairy tales, not the youth fiction), and checked out every year until I bought my own copy in college.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander – A wonderful introduction to epic fantasy, though the scary bits were much scarier for me than for my son at the same age.
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and The Children of Greene Knowe by L.M. Boston – both of these are British fantasy books for winter. They scared me to nightmares as a child, both of them, yet I reread them nearly religiously.
The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit – An annual summer read, featuring a group of children, an old English house, and a magic ring. I really need to read this to my kids soon! [Edited to add] Thoughts from when I did so in 2016.
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey – we wore out multiple paperback copies of more than one of the Pern books, and used to keep back-up copies.
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge – The blissful ignorance of childhood! I read this numerous times from my school library, without ever noting the author’s name or realizing that she was an award-winning author with other books I could try to read. I haven’t reread it since the eighth grade, and I really need to fix that. I just read The Little White Horse for the first time, though!
Parsley Sage, Rosemary and Time by Jane Louise Curry – I got this from the library without fail at least once every summer. I think that Jane Louise Curry must have been my introduction to time travel – this one involves a danger-filled trip back to Puritan America.
Steel Magic by Andre Norton – another book from the elementary school library, which I fondly reread one last time before graduation, but never thought to ask my parents to buy for me, though we had many of her adult books. Another one to realize existed outside of that library, and could still be looked up today. It even has sequels!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – I loved this so much that I refused to read the sequels for a couple of years, sure they couldn’t be as good, and still come back to it.
Were any of these your favorites, too? What else would you add?
All but Parsley Sage and Steel Magic were well read favorites of mine too! P.S. was a bit underwhelming as a grownup, and I’ve never fallen hard for Andre Norton….but all the others–love!
All the Narnia books, and the Borrowers – if I limit it to things I myself read as a child – I would add. And of the things I did not read as a child, but read to my children, the entire Swallows and Amazon series, and the Lord of the Rings… and The Princess and Curdie.
I didn’t include the Inklings or the Borrowers, only because I’ve put them on so many other lists! And Swallows and Amazons wasn’t fantasy – but they are still wonderful and I’m pretty sure made other lists of old favorites I’ve done.
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