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Top Five Wednesday – July 12th, 2017 – Top Five Favorite Children’s Books

In case you aren’t familiar with T5W, it’s this great community on Goodreads created by Youtube book blogger Gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes. Every month group members are given topics for every Wednesday of that month to discuss on their respective platforms (blog, vlog, etc).


July 12th: Children’s Books

This can include Middle Grade (but try to recommend more than just Harry Potter and Percy Jackson!) Feel free to talk about your childhood faves or more recent reads.


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The Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer

As I have mentioned before on the blog, the Bloody Jack series was a major proponent of my youth and it is still very relevant in my life today. I love these books; they had everything you could ask for: a strong female lead, action, adventure, wit, fun, and, yes, even romance. I was so heartbroken when Mr. Meyer passed away because it felt like the door to a part of my childhood closed irrevocably. But I know I can visit any time I wish by joining up with Jacky on the high seas!

(To see more about what I have to say about Jacky, be sure to check out my Featured Favorites post.




The Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene

Other than your typical baby and toddler books, the Nancy Drew series is probably the first set of books I ever remember reading. My mother got me the first 6 books for my fifth birthday and I remember wanting to be able to read chapter books so badly because that’s what grown-ups did and I wanted to as well. So I did. I still had to ask what a couple of words meant but I’m pretty proud to say that Nancy Drew taught me to read at 5….and be a good old-fashioned gumshoe! I will definitely be introducing these books into the lives of my children.




The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

After Nancy came Laura. I got these books around the same time, maybe at age six or so, and loved them right off the bat. Again, you have a strong-willed female lead (notice a theme?) and adventures abound. I loved the idea of self-sustainment and of course I love the historical aspect. I would pretend to be Laura and live on the prairie (aka the woods behind my northern Georgia home) and make clothing and “food” and farm crops and get poison ivy; you know, the fun prairie things.


The Golden Compass
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The His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman

I was a little older when I got into His Dark Materials. I first read about it in one of the Movie Magic magazines that did features on Harry Potter. It was a recommendation made by Emma Watson, so I knew that, to be like Hermione, I had to read the books (cut me a break, I was a weird kid). I fell in love with the books. Again, we have that strong-willed female lead and lots of adventure. I loved the social commentary on the soul. It was all very interesting.




The Cirque du Freak series by Darren Shan

This series is another on of the those Movie Magic recommendations, this time by Tom Felton, who I just loved for his work as Draco. This book has a male lead (gasp!) but is still packed with adventure. I hadn’t read many books on vampires and thought it would be a fun read. It’s probably the only series in the horror genre that I will now willingly go back to (I’m no brave Gryffindor, after all, and I have too active of an imagination). The series is 12 books long and well worth the time put into it! Plus, look at who was quoted on the first book!


Well there you have it! My top favorite childhood books.

Have you read any of them or would like to? Be sure to leave me a comment below or share your favorite reads with me on Twitter or Facebook




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