5 fantasy books I’m thankful I read as a kid

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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:

  1. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  2. 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!

  3. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
  4. 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.

  5. The Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  6. 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!)

  7. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. One ordinary fellow’s adventures with his dwarven friends. Bonus: no Tom Bombadil.

  9. The Random House Book of Fantasy Stories
  10. 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.

What books are you glad you read as a kid?
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  • Reply Zoe @ Stories on Stage November 25, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH! And basically anything by Roald Dahl. *nods* His books are just so, so good. I haven’t read The Hobbit yet, but I’ve been meaning to for a while. Seeing it on your list is definitely giving me that extra push to pick it up ASAP. Thanks for sharing Paloma and, as always, fabulous choices! ♥
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      Reply Paloma November 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Zoe! I’m tempted to do a re-read of “The Hobbit” sometime, to see how I’d feel about it now…

  • Reply AngelErin November 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I loved James and the Giant Peach as a kid! As an adult it’s not as great. Lol.
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      Reply Paloma November 25, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      Yeah, some books have really got to be read as a kid for maximum enjoyment.

  • Reply Carrie November 28, 2015 at 6:56 am

    My dad read The Hobbit to me when I was a little girl – i have such fond memories of that time together 🙂 My TTT

  • Reply Topaz @ Six Impossible Things November 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Oh, James and the Giant Peach – and, if I am being quite honest, Roald Dahl books in general – holds such a special place in my heart. Looking back on it, it’s such an odd story (I mean, oversized insects meeting the Queen?), but only Roald Dahl could pull it off with his lovely, whimsical prose. One of my favourite re-reads even today. xx
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