Top 10: Childhood Books


  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: This is still my favorite book of all time. I read it at least twice a year. It just brings me back to a simpler time when I was visiting family in India for the summer and spent 2 days on the roof memorizing this book front to back.
  2. The Adventures of Tintin by Herge: My parents grew up reading the Tintin comics in India so when we moved to Trinidad they began rebuilding their collection and now that we have them all I can’t imagine my childhood without them. I loved reading them so so much. Captain Haddock and Professor Calculus and Snowy (who I eventually named my dog after) were characters so dear to my heart. When the movie came out I knew I couldn’t see it lest my perfect vision of them be ruined or tainted. 
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: We had to read this book in 6th Grade and I’m so glad we did. It is so clever and funny; all the literary terms were craftily camouflaged by adorable drawings and dialogues. I loved it. 
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: My parents bought me my own copy of Philosopher’s Stone for my 8th birthday. Best gift ever. 
  5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: I adored the concept of this book. A man who could read characters out of books and into the real world? Dream come true. Plus I think I had a mini crush on Dustfinger in Inkspell… weird, I know.
  6. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein: I’d embarrass myself if I admitted how many Shel Silverstein poems I can still recite from memory. Those books and illustrations are basically my childhood in a nutshell.
  7. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish: Thank God for Amelia Bedelia because she made my mother’s weekly trips to the grocery worth it. The second we got in the store, I would hop into the cart, my mom would walk into the books/magazine aisle and I’d grab a couple Amelia Bedelia books and I’d be set for the next half hour. Damn, that girl can get herself into trouble.
  8. Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park: Junie Beatrice Jones was the 5 year old I always strived to be. All that sass and class bottled into a messy haired 1st grader. 
  9. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene: Ugh I miss my Nancy Drew phase. Every time I went to the book store my parents would let me buy only 3 at a time and it was the most stressful thing ever picking only three. I’m so glad my mom got me into Nancy Drew because then she introduced me to Agatha Christie who is like, Queen. 
  10. All American Girl by Meg Cabot: This book was so cute. I remember relating to Sam so much. and omg that word “Frisson”. ugh. And David was so perfect with his white house burgers and alksdjksfdk I totally had a massive crush on him and the top 10 lists were the most perfect thing ever. 

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