October 11: Favorite Books from Childhood

Let me just throw this entire list at you, and then try to fight off the urge to go re-read all of these immediately.

Beatrix Potter stories

For some reason we also owned the VHS animated BBC versions of these stories and guess what I bought as soon as I could (on DVD, yes, THERE ARE DVDs!) for my own children.

The Chronicles of Narnia, CS Lewis

Re-read all of them to this day. No, I’ve never liked the Last Battle as well as I could. Like, I get the moral of the story but it feels as if I’m being bashed over the head with it, which is not Lewis’ usual style. The rest are all firm favorites.

Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander

Bet you haven’t seen these around, have you? Which is a crying damn shame because they are lyrical, beautiful, painful imaginings of rich Welsh mythology.

Pollyanna, Eleanor H Porter

Yes, I’ve seen the Disney movie version with the ubiquitous Hayley Mills. I actually loved it, just like I loved The Parent Trap. Please, movie gods, please tell me poor Hayley wasn’t your typical abused child star. PLEASE.

Okay I just looked her up and apparently she’s British? WHAT HAS MY LIFE BEEN, it’s all a lie. You lied to me, Disney.

Gentle Ben, Walt Morey

My fourth grade teacher gifted me this book, because she could already tell I was going to be a huge book nerd. She was 100% correct and, incidentally, I always wanted a grizzly cub as a pet. Then I met my first black bear while hiking, around age 12, and decided I did not want a grizzly cub as a pet.

(The boy on the cover does end up having to release Ben into a protected nature preserve so he can live his best bear life. Just in case you were wondering how that was all going to work out.)

Stormy, Jim Kjelgaard

After reading this book, plus Hatchet by Gary Paulson, five or six times in a row I was completely convinced I could survive on my own in the Canadian wilderness.

TAMORA PIERCE, all of her books, forever

Just go read the Circle of Magic series. You won’t regret it. The Circle of Friendship (™Mark Reads) will win you over by the end of Sandry’s book, I promise.

The Valley of Horses, Jean M Auel

Yeah I picked this one up WAAAY too young. I think I was 12 or 13? Let’s all thank God right now I didn’t decided to read The Clan of the Cave Bear first. Cause yikes.

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