Top Ten TuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish which features a variety of bookish top ten lists!
Hi everyone :) This week's topic was more of a challenge for me, my reading tastes were quite different in my youth, I went from Shakespeare and other classics to horribly clichéd teen reads that have not aged well...but there were some good ones in the mix. That being said, it was a fun trip down memory lane so I hope you guys will enjoy what I came up with too:
Top Ten Books From My Youth That I'd Love To Revisit
Anne of Green Gables - I adored this series to bits as a child and it remains one of my all-time favorite reads. Especially the first book. The sequels kept my attention less and less as a kid so I'd love to re-read the entire series as an adult and see if I'd have better luck. I've reread the first book a number of times but a full series revisit seems in order.
The Secret Garden - Admittedly, I've already reread this one as an adult - and I loved it just as much as the first time around - but I'd love to revisit this story again. I have nothing but love for these characters so I can certainly see myself returning to them again and again.♥
A Little Princess - This is another book, by the same author as The Secret Garden, that I also reread a few years back, and to be honest I feel the same way about this one as I did with #2 ^^, It's such a sweet, heartwarming story, I could read it again and again and never, ever get sick of it.
Les Filles de Caleb - This is a classic French historical that I read after seeing the t.v. mini-series based on it, which was HUGELY popular in the 1990's. It's equal parts romance and tragedy and the books are beasts (Book #1 is 500+ pages and the sequel is 700+pages!) but my young self couldn't get enough.
Romeo & Juliet - I went through a pretty big Shakespeare phase in my teens and with the trendy film that came out in the late 90's featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes (Romeo + Juliet), I got into this classic even more. I know it's not a favorite among Shakespeare fans, but I've always had a soft spot for the story.
The Raven - Similarly, I went through an Edgar Allen Poe phase in my later teens but the Raven was always a standout to me. It's so dark and atmospheric, I'd never read anything like it - and still haven't. I also love The Simpsons take on the poem in their very first Treehouse of Horror Halloween Special hehe!
Frankenstein - I read this my first year in Uni and to be honest, it was a struggle. I remember not liking it all that much. So why did it make the list? Well, I also remember the story staying with me for ages after I'd finished reading. I couldn't get the haunting, twisted story out of my head I'd love to re-read it now, of my own free will (LOL) and see if I'd feel any different about it.
The Little Prince This was the only high-school reading requirement that I actually loved. I read it first in the original French, and then re-read it soon after in English. It's simple and charming, not to mention filled to the brim with valuable life-lessons. I can not wait to see the upcoming animated film by the same name, I hope it's just as good as the book was!
Hamlet - I read this one my last year a high school and I remember thinking it was simultaneously engaging and seriously messed up lol. But then recently, I watched the BBC's rendition of Hamlet, starring Patrick Stewart and David Tennant (♥) which - naturally - gave me a whole new perspective on the story...and got me in the mood for a reread. Fans of the book should definitely check out the BBC's take on this classic, by the way.
Sweet Valley High - *cringe* These trashy stories of high-school twins living a Melrose Place-styled life were all the rage back when I was in middle-school. Man, just looking at that cover makes me feel old! A far cry from the actual YA-literature we have at our disposal today, I got hooked into them all the same. I'd love a sort of ironic reread into Elizabeth and Jessica's adventures, just for kicks LOL.