Top 5 Favorite Books from Childhood

I've always been an avid reader and this month, I'm revisiting some of my old favorites. Someone told me that reading the Harry Potter series as an adult is incredibly different from reading them as a child and as I started rereading Philosopher's Stone I've been thinking about some of the books I've loved growing up. Here are my top 5:

  1. The Harry Potter series: This needs no explanation - Harry Potter was a HUGE part of my childhood growing up! I was eleven years old when the first book came out and I basically grew up with him, since JK Rowling came out with a new book in the series every year. I even took the Pottermore test and found that I'm a Ravenclaw, which if you know me in person, is not a huge surprise. This series will forever hold a special place in my heart.
  2. Matilda: I want it on record that I loved all books by Roald Dahl but my all-time favorite was Matilda. She was so smart and brave and clever despite her very unfortunate upbringing and I wanted to be just like her! Who wouldn't have wanted to have her mental superpowers? I know I would've killed for them!
  3. The Princess Diaries series: It's funny how much I wanted to have Mia Thermopolis's life when I was a kid because I always thought I could do it so much better than her. I actually didn't like Mia as a character all too much but I really loved imagining what it would be like if I woke up one day and found out I was the princess of country. Still, it didn't stop me from reading every book in the series! 
  4. The Wayside School series: Louis Sachar at his finest, in my humble opinion, were his stories at Wayside Elementary School. I thought all of the students and Mrs. Jewell were absolutely bonkers but I loved every word of it. I think this book series was what really introduced me to how much fun you can have with language because the books were so full of puns, metaphors, similes, etc. 
  5. The Little Prince: This is one of those books that never gets old. I loved how simple the book was to read but it wasn't until I got older I appreciated the deep and meaningful message of the story. I recently saw the new film version and it was every bit as delightful as I remembered the book to be. Definitely an eternal favorite. 
Tell me about some of your favorite book or book series from childhood! 


  1. Yess, I used to love the Princess Diaries books! I remember the Wayside series, but I don't know if I ever read any of them.

  2. Oh, dear Deborah! When I see your favourites I have to admit that I never read even one part of Harry Potter and it is even worse as I neither saw any film :) Thanks for sharing this here, your book recommendations are always highly appreciated!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  3. I've actually read all of these except for the Wayside Series! Even now that I'm older I still love The Little Prince, I definitely have to watch the movie soon :)

  4. I LOVED the Wayside School series!!

  5. MATILDA!!! Seriously so so so good, one of my faves growing up too. In addition to Harry Potter too of course...and I'm a Ravenclaw too ;]


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