December 6, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Childhood Favorites

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature at The Broke and the Bookish, because over at The Broke and the Bookish, they love lists!

This week's topic is Top Ten Childhood Favorites.  This being my first Top Ten Tuesday, I am thrilled with the list!

In no particular order, here are my Top Ten, with series noted:

Mirror of Danger by Pamela Sykes.  This was a book I found by chance on the shelf at B. Dalton and spent my allowance money to buy.  Absolutely loved it because it dealt with time travel, the supernatural and the Victorian era.

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous.  Okay, so regardless of whether or not this book was complete fiction, when I was growing up it was considered gospel and the book literally scared the pants off me and terrified me of any and all drugs.  I think I read it annually as a teen and it petrified me each and every time.

Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford.  No, this isn't a juvenile book but I can't recall how many times I checked it out of the library and read it.  I have loved classic movies as long as I can remember and Joan Crawford has long been a personal favorite.  I was fascinated by her daughter's tale of life with the legend, even if I now believe it was exaggerated and flat out made up for a buck.

To All My Fans, With Love, From Sylvie by Ellen Conford.  I loved all of Ellen Conford's books so choosing just one isn't easy.  It was a toss up between Hail, Hail, Camp Timberwood and this one.  I loved this one because it took place in the 1950s and the heroine (Sylvie) is a teen who is hoofing it to Hollywood to become a movie star.  I loved the descriptions of the 1950s and the Hollywood connection.

Flowers in the Attic Series by V. C. Andrews.  This is the series that I became utterly and unapologetically obsessed with.  Heck, I'm still obsessed, even today.  Just looking at the book brings back feelings of being a young teen.  This was our version of late night Cinemax before Cinemax was invented.  Many, many hours were spent reading and discussing Chris and Cathy and mooning over Chris.

Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Loved these books, loved the Michael Landon show and loved tales of life in Walnut Grove.  Who didn't want to be Laura Ingalls when she was a girl?  She was the frontier's answer to Elizabeth Bennet.

Anything by Judy Blume.  Growing up in the 70s, you couldn't avoid Judy Blume.  From the adolescent girl's bible, Are You There, God?  It's Me, Margaret to her collection of Fudge books to even the "naughty" Forever, a Blume book was a must-have.  She talked about subjects that were considered taboo at the time - - masturbation, puberty, divorce.

Anything by Lois Duncan.  As an early lover of the supernatural and paranormal, I adored Lois Duncan's books.  The ones that stand out most are Daughters of Eve, Down a Dark Hall, Summer of Fear, Stranger with My Face (which was made into a horribly cheesy tv movie starring Linda Blair), Killing Mr. Griffin, I Know What You Did Last Summer and (quite possibly my absolute favorite) Locked in Time.  Ms. Duncan was quite prolific and her stories were considered dark for the time (1970s/early 1980s).

Anything by Beverly Cleary.  From The Mouse and the Motorcycle to Henry and Ribsy to the Beezus and Ramona books and continuing on into Fifteen and The Luckiest Girl, Beverly Cleary met your literary needs from the early to late elementary school years.

My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews.  Yes, again with Ms. Andrews.  With My Sweet Audrina she proved that the Flowers in the Attic series wasn't a flash in the pan.  This book is a stand alone and it completely defines a gothic horror.  Like Flowers, I read it many, many times.

Honorable Mentions:

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

Hanging Out with Cici by Francine Pascal

Ghosts I Have Been by Richard Peck

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Patterson

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit and The Pistachio Prescription by Paula Danziger

Anything by Marilyn Sachs

So how about you?  Any books on my list that would make your Top Ten?

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