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Childhood Favorites? What Are Even Memories? // #toptentuesday 195

Memory is a funny thing. I for one can remember all the devastatingly awkward and painful moments of my life quite well. But the things I read as a child is more of a blur. You’d think I’d rather remember books and yet nope. There is only so much the brain can remember.

So for today’s top ten tuesday topic (as always hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) I had to resort to asking my mother. Who by the way was not very clear either. I guess her memory didn’t retain all those books either.

The Ones I Remember

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelMatilda by Roald Dahl
That is almost a given isn’t it? I think a lot of 90’s kid still read this a lot. Especially when the movie came out.Ā  Anyway it is just a great book to read as a kid. Relatable for us bookworms too.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Suitcase Kid by Jacquiline Wilson
I think I remember this book the best out of them all. I took this out of the library more times than I can count/remember. I don’t know why I was so gravitated towards this. It was a very different situation from mine. This book was about divorce and how it influences a child. That wasn’t my family situation. But I could really feel for the main character and I remember the illustrations so well.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titel Bruises by Anke de Vries
I read this one a lot too though in this case I had my own copy. Its about child abuse, the first book I really read about it, and it really grabbed me. Originally only in Dutch but it was translated to English in 2003.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Snow Walker Trilogy by Catherine Fisher
A little older I was when I read these, but I remember buying these in the store. I still am awfully fond of this story and its characters.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelAchtste-Groepers Huilen Niet by Jacques Vriens
About a girl in the last class of primary school who gets cancer and how it affect the whole class.

The Ones My Mom Remembers

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe Famous Five by Enid Blyton
I remember watching the tv show but I don’t really remember reading the books. But apparently I was awfully fond of these as well. I did end up buying those two bind-ups a few years ago when I found them (on the photo).

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelGoosebumps by R.L. Stine
These were readily available in the library (and we didn’t have a big one) so I read a lot of these. I don’t think I read them all as I was rather dependent on what the library had.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelThe BFG by Roald Dahl
This was apparently the first book I read completely on my own. So yeay me.

Kopie van Ontwerp zonder titelDe Griezelbus by Paul van Loon
I know I read number 0 that came out later but I don’t remember reading the rest. But apparently I did a lot?

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45 thoughts on “Childhood Favorites? What Are Even Memories? // #toptentuesday 195

  1. Any of Roald Dahl’s books were childhood staples for me too. Same with Jacqueline Wilson but Sleepovers was probably the book by her I read the most.

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      1. Oh that is a shame. I know for us in the UK, she was a quintessential author, and in a sense she still is for a lot of younger readers.


  2. All of Roald Dahl’s books were so good. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory was my absolute fave, although Matilda and The BFG were great too. Enid Blyton’s books are such classics šŸ™‚ Great list!

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      1. Oh wow, I think Enid Blyton might be the most universally translated author, so I guess it is surprising when someone hasn’t heard of her! šŸ˜… Her books were translated in Dutch, weren’t they?


    1. Yes I did. But I don’t recall enough of them to remember if they were favorites or not haha. I have some Tonke Dragt on my shelves for me to reread some day though.

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  3. I loved Roald Dahl as a kid (especially when they’d read the books to us in school lol) but I don’t think I ever read Matilda. The Famous Five seem like they were pretty popular too!

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  4. I had completely forgotten about De Griezelbus until I saw it on your and Lindsey’s lists. I think I loved it as a child too, and even played a game based on it? Love your list!

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  5. The Famous Five books must be a European thing because I see people from the UK mention them quite often. I guess there are even memes about them? I had never heard of them before I got on the internet. šŸ“š

    I still have to read The BFF. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it. šŸ˜Æ

    Baz doesn’t remember very many of the books he read either. Even his very favorite ones. I wish I had thought to make a book journal for him like you have for Merijn. šŸ“’āœØ

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    1. Yeah Enid Blyton was English if I remember correctly. There were even tv shows of some of her books which for that time was pretty great.

      I’ll be honest and say I have been slacking lately with it. Its been harder to keep track of because he gets a bunch of books read to at pre-school too. And it just slipped my mind #whoops

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  6. We have a lot of childhood books in common! I completely forgot, but I just now remember from your post that I read Blauwe Plekken too! Makes me wonder what other books I’ve already forgotten about…

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