This week the lovely folks at TBTB are letting us choose a genre to talk about our absolute favourites in that category. Because it's coinciding with Roald Dahl day, there was no doubt in my mind that I needed to talk about children's books!
We've all been children, so there will have been a time when we were all reading children's books, but these ones stick in my head as the ones I would love to revisit - even if some of them will probably have lost their appeal to me, now that I'm 20!
10) 'The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage' by Enid Blyton
I know I didn't read all of the books in the series - there were 15 of them, and I don't think our local library stocked the complete collection - but I would love to revisit these at some point.
9) Animal Ark by Lucy Daniels
8) 'The Animals of Farthing Wood' by Colin Dann
I was particularly distressed by 'The Grip of Winter', in which all of the animals are either struggling to survive or are hibernating. Serious stuff for a young mind.
7) 'Watership Down' by Richard Adams
Luckily I didn't watch the film of 'Watership Down' when I was younger, but I was still moved by the struggle of the bunny narrators and disgusted by the humans who would dare to build on their land.
6) 'The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me' by Roald Dahl
5) 'The Magic Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton
I had to choose at least two Enid Blyton books, because I can remember obsessively purchasing everything that she wrote when I was younger. 'The Magic Faraway Tree' sticks in my mind because it was one that I read a couple of times - I just didn't want to let the characters go!
I'm still obsessed with mermaids and sirens today, and that all stemmed from Liz Kessler's amazing book. I only ever read the first installment in what I recently found out is a six book series: I think I need to catch up!
3) The Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine
I remember going to the library and reading every single Goosebumps books that they had, which - at the time - felt like millions. I'd love to buy them all and reread them, because I don't think the charm of these books will ever disappear. I didn't watch the film because I was apprehensive about it, but I'll give it a try eventually.
2) 'The BFG' by Roald Dahl
1) The Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! What were your favourite books as a child?