Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted over at TheBrokeandBrookish

Today we are talking about books from our childhood we would like to revisit. Honestly, my childhood wasn’t full of books, but a few immediately sprang to mind when I read the topic this week. These are books I read as a teen, they shaped my world and my love of reading. These are in no particular order. I used images here of the books as I remember them.

 Forever by Judy Blume

This book created so much controversy. There was SEX in it (gasp!), or so everyone thought. Yea, I read it. I might have been 11 or 12 at the time.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

My 5th grade teacher read this to us. He was like a mad genius who knew this could foster a love of reading. I will never forget this tale.

It by Stephen King

This book came out while I was learning to love good literature. It took me about a month to read this, but it made me and everyone who read it afraid of clowns. Thanks Mr. King! I could actually fill this whole list with books of his that I read when I was a teenager: The Stand, Misery, Christine, Carrie, Pet Cemetery, The Dead Zone, Thinner, The Shining, Firestarter….I could go on and on. I read everything by him that I could get my hands on.

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

This book is my absolute favorite. I was 14 when I read it and it made me go Crazy Fangirl about a certain vampire. This is the first book I have ever reread. I loved all of her books from the 80s and early 90s.

Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King

This isn’t as scary or creepy as most of his books. I think it shows off what a fantastic storyteller Stephen King really is. I think I read this book about 5 times.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

No list of books from my youth would be complete without this classic. I didn’t read it as part of a school assignment. It was a recommendation from a librarian who saw how I stalked the shelves looking for something great. I wish I could remember her name.

Imajica by Clive Barker

Clive Barker was, in my opinion, a master of horror. This fairy tale/fantasy showed off his epic skills without being gruesome. It is an awesome book.

Twilight Eyes by Dean Koontz

I was a bit obsessed with Dean Koontz. This is just one of his many books. I read so many of them I would forget which ones I had read and check the same ones out from the library only to find out later I had already read it. Doh!

This is all I can think of for the moment. It is not a top 10, sorry. I read mostly adult books while I was a teenager. I don’t remember reading much before my teens, except in school of course. So that’s all I got.

What were your childhood favorites?

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