Tuesday, March 24, 2015

10 Books I'd Like to Revisit from My Childhood


#1: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This is a classic story of sisterly love, compassion and goodness.  It was also one of the first novels that I read to myself as a little girl.I haven't read this novel in forever, but all the characters (with the exception of Beth) are well-crafted and the plot, while not extensive, is lifelike, which in some ways is the best kind of plot ever.

#2: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis 

Another series I haven't picked up in far too long -- today's topic is actually applicable to one's teen years as well as his or her childhood, but I'm not out of my teen years yet, so I figured . . . a few years that have passed between readings is fine, right? The Horse and His Boy is my favorite of all seven.

#3: The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

This is one of my all-time favorite books. I love Corrie and her family's faith in Jesus and how it only grows as they suffer for Him in Nazi Germany.

#4: Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Before I had my beautiful horse Splash (and prior to that Hallie's horse Drem, whom we shared till Splash came into the picture), I would amuse myself by looking at and reading lots of horse books. This was one of them -- mostly in child versions till I was old enough to appreciate the unabridged classic.

#5: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

In summer/fall of 2011 (which I still consider recent . . . I suppose), I read at least four (excepting Emma and, of course, this one) of Austen's major novels back-to-back, but this was one that I'd read years before. I've flipped through it once or twice since then, but I'd like to reread it in its entirety -- and probably appreciate and understand anew her genius :)

#6: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

I know that I read this in the beginning of 2013, but I always miss it because it's my favorite classic ever.

I read this whole series as a child. One of my first "grownup" fantasy book series. My sister-in-law introduced me to it and I am forever grateful.#7: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

#8: Redwall by Brian Jacques

This is classic-like in its childhood goodness. Unfortunately, the rest of the series basically retells this novel while changing the characters and settings. I do like Taggerung and Lord Brocktree however -- at least if I'm remembering the right ones!

#9: The Caxley Chronicles by Miss Read

Although this series is laden with divorces and remarriages, I would like to reread it, as well as enjoy some of her other books. I think if I read it now I'd appreciate it more and be able to find some more lessons than I did the only other time I read it.

#10: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

 What were your favorite books from your childhood?


  1. I love little women!
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    1. Don't you? It's such a great story!

      Thanks for stopping by -- off to check out your entry now :)

  2. Nice list, Hannah! "Pride and Prejudice" and the LOTR series are on my TBR list. And "The Hiding Place" is an excellent read. One of the few books that I had to read for school that I actually liked. :-D

    1. Thanks, Grace! It was fun to join up to TTT for the first time -- I'm hoping to continue to! :)

      Darn, that's too bad. It's not fun to be forced to read a bunch of boring books -- though I usually liked the novels I read for my literature class. (Except there were a few that were just a little “out there” . . . Hero and Leander and The Wife of Bath. They were pretty much just awful, and I don't recommend their perusal unless you get Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in translated version by Neville Coghill -- the translated version isn't as challenging to read, but it's MUCH cleaner. Okay. End of rant. ;))

      Thanks for stopping by Grace! So good to see you 'round here again.

  3. Yes, yes, yes to all of these! I especially want to re-read The Hiding Place, Little Women and Redwall. If I ever have children one day, I want to read these books with them. I feel like these books made me, in a way, at least part of me.

    Thank you for sharing! :)

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    1. Oh yes . . . it's such a good experience to read, both by oneself and with one's children! I'm happy you could identify with my list :) Thanks for commenting, Dani!

  4. I love Jane Austen! P&P is my favourite book. Have you ever read Mansfield Park by her? It's great, well worth the read.
    And Little Women is such a lovely book. I read it when I was ten (kid version) and fell in love with it entirely.

    1. I love Pride and Prejudice as well! And yes, Mansfield Park is possibly my second favorite of all her works. It is definitely worthwhile!

      Good :) I'm glad I have fellow Little Women lovers around!


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