Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: REWIND!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

This week, we can go back to whichever past topic we missed or want to revisit. I choose Childhood Favorites. Here are my choices, in no particular order:

#1. Bunnicula by James Howe. Vampire bunny? Yes, please! I also loved the narrator, Harold, the family dog. I still find him hilarious. As an adult, I discovered that Victor Garber (of Alias fame) narrated the audiobooks, which makes them even more enjoyable! He has such a dreamy voice!

#2. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. I had an unhealthy love for blueberries as a child, and I also love cute little bear cubs. This was the perfect mash-up.

#3. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Because who doesn't want to lead an independent life as a child? I read every single book that my grade school library had in this series.

#4. The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon. These brothers were SO much cooler than Nancy Drew! I also read every Harby Boys book that my grade school library had, to the point that the librarian gave me one when I graduated.

#5. Animorphs by K.A. Applegate. This one really shouldn't need explanation. Animorphs rock.

#6. Replica by Marilyn Kaye. As an adoptee, I have always found stories about adopted characters fascinating. While that drew me in, though, I just really enjoyed the world in this series.

#7. The Dream of the Stone by Christina Askounis. I'm still not entirely sure why I was so drawn to this book, but I read it over and over until the local library weeded it from the collection. It was reissued a few years ago, and I immediately picked up a copy.

#8. The Starlight Crystal by Christopher Pike. I have read many, many Pike books over the years, but this one remains my favorite. It has some rough moments and could benefit from a rewrite (hint hint, Kevin McFadden!), but the general storyline has stuck with me for all these years.

#9. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. This series may have been the beginning of my fascination with paranormal fiction.

#10. Sweep by Cate Tiernan. But if I wasn't already into paranormal fiction, this series definitely would have done it! OH MY GOD it was so good!

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