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Top Ten Books Before I Blogged

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Books I Read Before I was a Blogger

Chapter Books Edition

I wanted to be sure that I included books not on my blog, so I decided to devote this post to my favorite Children's chapter books.

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix: Loved this one. I still recommend it to girls in search of chapter books, and they take it every time.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: This book had my whole entire class crying. Seriously. Our teacher read it out loud to us in 5th Grade. Even the toughest kids were moved. I bought it and re-read it.

The Babysitters Club by Ann M. Martin: LOVED this series. It broke my heart when it got weeded. People my age still come in to the library looking for it, thinking it will still be there. It's so hard for me to tell them that we had to make room for new stuff, like the Rainbow Fairies and 39 Clues. Isn't there room for BOTH, people?!?

 California Diaries by Ann M. Martin: A book series you may have missed. My library didn't carry them. I found them at a store near my house and was desperate to read all of them as soon as they came out. I don't know where I got the money for them, but I read them many times. It was so worth the money. I must've either had birthday money or a generous mom. It was a YA spinoff of the Babysitters Club. If you liked the BSC, you should check this one out.

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe: A vampire rabbit. Loved Chester and Harold!

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh: My copy of this is falling apart. That's how often I read it. I wanted to BE Harriet. I tried tomato and mayo sandwiches (awful!) and kept a notebook (not interesting.) Obviously, being Harriet didn't work out, but it's a true sign of good writing when a kid imitates a character.

Matilda by Roald Dahl: I should have changed this to anything by Roald Dahl. I included this one because it has his most bookish character. He wrote the best books ever. Seriously.

Time for Andrew by Mary Downing Hahn: Another one of my favorite authors. I learned about diphtheria, ghosts, and mystery in this book. I proceeded to read as many other books by her as possible.

 The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks: Fantastic! So much fun. I read as many of these as I could too. I feel like I'm starting to get repetitive.

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary: I love characters who aren't perfect because I can relate to them. Boy, is Ramona not perfect. She is so silly, and I enjoyed her silliness very much. I'm glad a new group of kids can discover her books because of the movie.


  1. Blast from the past!!! Where the Red Fern Grows DEVASTATED me!!! And our teacher made us watch the movie too! I loved it, but I was traumatized. Matilda was def. one of my favs growing up. It was one that I re-read a lot. BSC was fab and so was Bunnicula and ANYTHING by Beverly Cleary :)

    My TTT

  2. Awesome choices!!!! I definitely should have included Harriet the Spy and Matilda, those are awesome!

  3. I've read most of these and loved them! What a great list! kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  4. Yours is the second list I've come across with a Mary Downing Hahn title. I seriously neglected my earliest reading years on my TTT. MATILDA should have made mine as well.

  5. haven't read any of these but love the Matilda film :)

    1. I enjoy the movie too. It stayed pretty true to the book from what I remember, except for the ending. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Oh my gosh, YES! Ramona? BSC? Indian in the Cupboard? Where the Red Fern Grows? Running Out of Time? YesyesYES! Books of my childhood! (Well, aside from Running Out of Time, that one's a bit more recent...)

    My TTT.

    ~ Lynette @ Escaping Reality – One Book at a Time


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