Top Ten Freebie- Ten Favourite Authors From My Childhood/Teens

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week it’s a freebie which means we can make up our own topic! 🙂 I decided to name authors I used to absolutely love as a child/teen! I did a similar topic back in 2014, but I’ve added some other names this time around.  So here we go…

Roald Dahl

I absolutely adored Roald Dahl and I still love reading his books to my class now. He’s legendary in my opinion! My favourite book of his is Matilda. 

Janet & Allan Ahlberg

I used to love these two! 🙂 I still use their books now in class. My favourites were Funnybones and Happy Families.

Judy Blume

It would be pretty sad if you grew up in the ’90s and didn’t read Judy Blume! I can’t pick a favourite of hers!

R.L. Stine

I loved his Goosebumps series and some of the Point Horror that he wrote.

Ann M.Martin

I loved The Babysitters Club! They were so easy to read.

Francine Pascal

Sweet Valley High is another series that had my heart!

Terry Deary

I loved the Horrible Histories books when I was younger. I still use them now in class!

Jacqueline Wilson

I read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I thought I was too grown up for them. They were fabulous though and I wouldn’t mind reading them again for our kid-lit challenge.

Michelle Magorian

I adored Goodnight Mister Tom at school. So Michelle had to go on this list!

Carolyn Keene

I used to absolutely love the Nancy Drew books. I used to play it all the time!

What did you do for your freebie this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

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Beth and Chrissi’s Points of View on Point Horror: The Babysitter

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Welcome back to Beth and I’s Point Horror feature, the feature where we get nostalgic about our favourite Point Horror books! This time, my blog will host our reviews of The Babysitter by R.L Stine. Over on Beth’s blog, you can check out our review of The Boyfriend also by R.L Stine.

How did I get it?:
Borrowed from Beth!

Synopsis:

An innocent baby-sitting job turns into a nightmare when Jenny discovers she’s the next victim of a crazed attacker.

Our thoughts?

Beth:

  • The Babysitter was one of my favourite ever Point Horrors, R.L. Stine being one of my Point Horror heroes and I’m delighted to announce I enjoyed it as much as I did when I was a teenager.
  • Jenny is a lovely character that I think a lot of young girls could relate to. It was the first time I had read a book which told me it was okay to be shy (and still be a main character)!
  • The phone calls that Jenny received were terrifying – “Company’s coming,” makes for some very effective shiver down your spine, creep-you-out moments.
  • The baddie is not your typical cliche character from teenage horror – which makes him all the more scary!

Chrissi:

  • I remember being really freaked out by this book when I was younger. It still gave me the shudders as I read through it.
  • I’m always surprised at how short these books are. They’re so engrossing, I’m surprised I didn’t fly through them when I was younger.
  • There are some bloomin’ marvellous characters in this book. I loved Jenny and the attacker is an incredibly intriguing character.
  • The ending is SO good! I had completely forgot what had happened, so I was pleasantly surprised/freaked out by it all!

To see our reviews of The Boyfriend please check out Beth’s blog HERE

Top Ten Books From My Childhood (or teen years) that I’d love to revisit!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic are the top ten books from my childhood or teen years that I’d love to revisit.

As ever, click the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

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The Demon Headmaster- Gillian Cross– I recently reread this book for University and I still loved it as much as I did as a young child. I have fond memories of my sister reading this book (amongst many she read to me).

Matilda- Roald Dahl- It wouldn’t be a post about my favourite books as a child/teen without Roald Dahl. His books WERE my childhood. Matilda is one of my absolute favourites!

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Anything Enid Blyton. She was one of my favourites! Her books may feel a little dated now, but I think children still enjoy them!

I adored the Goosebumps series! Just SO good!

Double Act Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)

My sister isn’t responsible for getting me into Jacqueline Wilson as a child. She had influenced a lot of my reading choices, but definitely not Jacqueline Wilson. She was far too mature for that when Jacqueline Wilson was gaining massive popularity. I still see Jacqueline’s books in the classroom and it makes my heart so happy! 😀

However, she totally influenced The Babysitter’s Club. I have so much nostalgia for this series. ❤

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Another sisterly recommendation was Sweet Valley High. These covers look oh so dated now!

I started the Harry Potter series in my teens. I grew up with it!

To Kill a Mockingbird Lord of the Flies

Both To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of The Flies were my English Literature reads when I was fifteen. I absolutely adored both of them and have revisited them since. I’m sure I’ll revisit them again in the future.

Which books were your childhood/teen favourites? Do you like/dislike any on my list? Let me know! 🙂 Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by.

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Childhood favourites

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is a Top Ten Tuesday rewind. We can blog about previous topics we missed or that we might want to do again. I’ve decided to go for my childhood favourites as I’ve been feeling really nostalgic recently.

I’ve totally cheated with this week’s list, because some of the books I’ve mentioned I’ve loved the series.

In no particular order:

(Click image for Goodread’s page! Some pictures aren’t very good quality, but I wanted to find the covers I read, where I could)

The Class That Went Wild Ruth Thomas

The Demon HeadmasterGillian Cross

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I’ve tried to find the covers that I remember for this list, but it’s proving problematic! I hate it when covers are redesigned. Especially when there was nothing particularly wrong with the cover in the first place! Ah well. I loved the story inside of this book. This book was first published in 1982. I wasn’t born then, but I remember reading it during my childhood and being captivated by the story. Gillian Cross doesn’t mean demon as in scary demons. Just a nasty, nasty head teacher.

MatildaRoald Dahl

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I adored this book growing up. To be honest, I still love it now. I often read it to the children at work and they love it as much as I did. This is the cover that I remember. It might have been my sister’s first. I can’t remember. I know it was incredibly well loved though.

BlubberJudy Blume

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I believe that Judy Blume is another author that my sister got me into. I used to love her books. I remember really liking how Judy Blume explored bullying.

Malory TowersEnid Blyton

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Let’s be honest, I loved anything Enid Blyton. St Clare’s, Secret Seven, Famous Five… I was a total Enid Blyton fangirl.

GoosebumpsR.L Stine

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(Using a series again… such a cheater) I loved all of the Goosebumps books. I used to have them all and they looked like this. The cover was all goosebump-y. Yes, I’ve made that a word. I loved The Haunted Mask. I remember watching a film adaptation and it just wasn’t as good as the book!

Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

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Yes, I’m doing it again. Mentioning a series that I loved. I think my sister, once again, got me into this series.

The Babysitters ClubAnn M. Martin

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Ahhh *nostalgic sigh* I adored The Babysitters Club. Debbie from Snuggling On The Sofa recently got the whole series. I’m so jealous. I loved this series and would adore a re-read!

Double ActJacqueline Wilson

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I only read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I felt much to grown up to read her. Silly me. She’s a fantastic children’s author!

Point Horror– many authors but I particularly liked Caroline B. Cooney’s stories.

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Ahhh, another selection of books that my sister got me into. I loved Point Horror.

What are some of your favourite childhood books? What did you do for the Top Ten Tuesday REWIND? Let me know in the comments below or leave your link and I’ll stop by!