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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers share their top ten responses to a given theme. I tend to stick to lists of five!
I’m thankful that my family gave me a book-filled childhood, indulging my love for stories with countless trips to libraries and bookstores. As it turns out, my childish love for fantasy endures to this day. Here 5 books that got me addicted to reading in the first place:
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
- The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
- The Redwall series by Brian Jacques
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories
This is the first chapter book I can remember reading, curled up on the couch next to the dog. You know how kids love repetition? I must have read this book at least 50 times. My parents probably got sick of hearing about it!
Okay, so I didn’t technically “read” this one, ’cause it’s a picture book – but I’m counting it anyway. It’s is a series of surreal illustrations, each paired with an enigmatic explanatory line.
This book really jump-started my childish imagination. I loved the magical, sinister implications of each picture, and ended up writing lots of stories in an attempt to add context.
Anthropomorphic rodents go on adventures, fight evil, and eat delicious food. I loved the setting: medieval-inspired monasteries and castles, filled with tales of generations past. (I’ve always been a little sad that the U.S. is far too young to have any ancient castles!)
One ordinary fellow’s adventures with his dwarven friends. Bonus: no Tom Bombadil.
Pretty sure this one’s long out of print. It’s an anthology of short stories from well-known fantasy authors like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Neil Gaiman. As you might imagine, they were very strange: I remember one disgusting story about living in a giant’s teeth, and another about ice skating in a frigid land towards an ice queen.