Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Childhood Books & Series

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

Of course I want to desperately throw in Harry Potter and Percy Jackson but everyone needs to think outside the box a little bit and it was harder than I thought it would be! Mostly I’m sticking with Middle Grade here so let’s get ready for some nostalgia!

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5.) Nancy Drew Mystery Stories by Carolyn Keene

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This is probably one of the #1 series I was obsessed with when I was a kid, absolutely obsessed! It pretty much all started when I was in the third grade and my mom bought me one of the Nancy Drew computer games, of course I couldn’t get enough of it and read the books soon after. I feel Nancy Drew is one of those timeless classics that kids can read no matter how old the books get…….I’m feeling nostalgic now and want to go read/play Nancy Drew…….

4.) The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)

Okay so I’d honestly like to know how many of you didn’t read this series as a kid? Because it was super popular and I feel like everyone did! It’s fantastic and I feel like if I even re-read them now I’d still love them. How can you go wrong with a magic time and space traveling tree house (it’s all very Doctor Who isn’t it)? I actually had a hefty collection of these before handing them over to my younger cousins and now I’m slightly regretting that……

3.) The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis

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This might be cheating a little bit since it’s one of those classic, popular books/series just like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson but since it wasn’t specifically stated in the topic for today I decided I’d use it! Who doesn’t love The Chronicles of Narnia? My mom had all of the books from when she was a kid and I’ve only read the first book (I know it’s blasphemy) and when I did I honestly had so many emotions! It usually takes a lot to make me cry while reading a book and I balled my eyes out with this one… parents had to make sure I was okay……

2.) Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice #1) by Joseph Delaney

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)

I think a lot of people might consider this YA but to me with the main character and the style of writing it feels a lot more like Middle Grade. I didn’t start reading these books until I was a little older but I think I can still consider it “my childhood”….kind of…..

Anyways it’s pretty creepy and full of monsters and the world building is actually really fantastic.

1.) The Inkworld Trilogy

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I think it’s safe to say this series was one of my #1 obsessions as a child alongside Nancy Drew since it was one of the first times I was exposed to high fantasy. Man, this series was addictive and actually full of some pretty dark stuff which makes me think I’d really enjoy re-reading it now as well. There are just so many wonderful, complex characters and the world building is seriously A+!

Although I will say I really didn’t enjoy Inkheart as much as the other two so if you didn’t enjoy Inkheart I highly suggest continuing on anyways since they get so much better!

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Did you read any of these books when you were younger? Or later?

What are some of your favorite childhood books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

13 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Childhood Books & Series

  1. Michael July 12, 2017 / 9:21 am

    A friend in third grade was really into the Nancy Drew series. He checked out a volume a week during our trip to the school library and read them. I didn’t read as many of them as he did, but I recall reading a few.

    I will admit I never got into Narnia or the Inkheart series. I tried but they just never clicked for me.

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 8:22 am

      I was definitely that kid getting my hands on every Nancy Drew book as well, haha!
      I think “Inkheart” was by far the worst book in the series for me and I wouldn’t have really continued except for that I already had the sequel which was much, much better! 🙂


  2. Becky July 12, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Nancy Drew was so much apart of my childhood and definitely one of the reasons I got so into reading! Also much love for the Magic Treehouse series as well. Great list!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Same! So glad to see someone else that got into reading with those books! When I was younger and reading them I really didn’t know anyone else that read them so it’s good to know I wasn’t as alone as I thought I was!
      Thanks Becky! 🙂

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  3. Whimsically Meghan July 12, 2017 / 3:44 pm

    I really want to go and read some Nancy Drew right now!
    Ha! The Magic Trerehouse was everywhere I remember it so clearly, but I could never get into it so I never read it. I don’t know what it was, but I just couldn’t be bothered with it!

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    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek August 2, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Same here after writing this post! Or at least go play one of the Nancy Drew computer games, haha!
      The Magic Treehouse was super popular (and still is maybe I think?) and that’s a big part of why I ended up reading a bunch of them, sorry to hear you couldn’t enjoy them though but hey at least you spent your time with books you did! 🙂

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      • Whimsically Meghan August 2, 2017 / 3:09 pm

        Haha yes the computer games!
        I don’t see them around as much, but they could still be really big! That’s definitely true!

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  4. MetalPhantasmReads July 12, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    I don’t remember if I read Nancy Drew or not. But I did love the Inkheart trilogy. That was one of the few books that just sucked me in when I was younger 🙂


    • Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek July 25, 2017 / 2:30 pm

      Same! Of course I never finished all of the books after that but it’d probably be a lot easier for me now since they are shorter books! 🙂


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