Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday #15

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 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.


  1. Oh my goodness, Sweet Valley High! When I was little all the girls in my class were obsessed with those books! Yeah they were trashy and tacky as hell, but the memories! :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  2. Yay Sweet Valley! They are on my list too! LOL. And I loved The Little Prince and Frankenstein. I read both during HS. I can't remember if I read Secret Garden or just saw the movie... Haha. Great list M!

  3. I had to read Romeo and Juliet in 9th grade English, and I read Hamlet a couple weeks ago for my college Shakespeare class. I read The Little Prince in my French class, and I thought it was OK. Not my style. I love your blog! New follower!

    Lizzie @ lizziethesarcasticblonde.blogspot.com

  4. I loved A Little Princess when I was younger. I recently reread it and loved it just as much!

  5. After I wrote my list, I thought that I should have put Poe on it. I read all of his stories in fifth grade and actually memorized a lot of The Raven - I can still quote the beginning!
    "Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore ..." (Okay, I'll stop there, but yeah, I still remember it!)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  6. That's a nice list of classics, unfortunately there are too many of these that I haven't read. I did read Hamlet, The Little Prince and Frankenstein in high school thanks to English requirement, but let's face it I probably would have gotten to them in my own time anyway. I have The Secret Garden on my books shelf right now waiting to be read. And I love both Little Princess movies, so it's sort of mind boggling that I haven't read that book yet either.

    Thanks for stopping by my TTT.
    Alex @ The Book Banner

  7. Sweet Valley-YES!!! I was a HUGE fan of their middle school adventures; I had a very, very serious addiction to those books, as in I'd load up on the newest ones during a trip to the bookstore and start binge reading them the minute I got in the car to go home, lol. I did read a few of the Sweet Valley High books, but sadly by that time, I'd pretty much outgrown Jessica and Elizabeth. It was around then that I started reading...Poe! The Simpsons' version of The Raven is one of my all-time favorite Treehouse of Horror bits; quoth the raven: eat my shorts! Bahahaha! I read Hamlet in my last year of high school, too, and also thought, I love this, but everybody goes crazy, so does that mean I'm crazy for loving it? XD And YAY for seeing DT as Hamlet- he's ridiculously perfect in the role! ♥

  8. I LOVED the book Hamlet when I was younger, Romeo and Juliet was adorable as well - I haven't read the other books in your list though.
    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  9. Oh I had forgotten about The Secret Garden! I remember really liking that one. Great list!

  10. I was a big fan of the Sweet Valley twins in middle school too. And you can never go wrong with Little Princess or Secret Garden. You know, I have never read Anne of Green Gables? I finally got a copy and plan on trying it this year.

  11. I read Frankenstein recently but just cannot say I enjoyed it that much!
    I heard some great things about Anne of Green Gables, we don't have those books here I believe, but I'd love to read them. :)
    Happy reading!


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