Follow the Yellow Brick Road down Memory Lane…


This week over at the Broke and Bookish the theme for Top Ten Tuesday is:

‘Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit’

I’ve gone for a mix of ages with this one starting from probably around 8 and going up to about 19. I quite enjoyed thinking of this one. Β I would say that my earlier books were very influenced by my teacher at the time. Β I think started reading mainly books that were in the house and belonged to my dad before starting to branch out and look further afield.

  1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis- I’m not ashamed to admit that this book made me shed a tear!
  2. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  3. The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum
  4. Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier – I have already read this quite a few times – no need for a reread
  5. Jamaica Inn by Daphne DuMaurier – this is another great story!
  6. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – I was glued to the pages, read this as a romantic eyed 14 year old – couldn’t put it down.
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – gothic and dark
  8. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens – I’ve not read a lot of Dickens but I love this one
  9. The Far Pavilions by M M Kaye – this book is one that I would love to reread – I really should make the time
  10. The Time Machine by HG Wells – one of the earlier examples of sci-fi

Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit were also my reads around the age of 14 but as I’ve recently reread both I’ve not included them here. Β I also spent a good couple of years focusing on horror and ghost type stories but I don’t know that I would particularly revisit any of those so I’ve not included them here.

31 Responses to “Follow the Yellow Brick Road down Memory Lane…”

  1. lipsyy

    Ooh The Time Machine is a good one. I’d like to reread that myself!

    • lynnsbooks

      I think it would be a good reread – I bet I’d take in a lot more of the detail a second time around.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  2. Tammy

    Oh wow, The Far Pavillions! I think I red that about 100 years ago. I never really connected with Dickens, unfortunately. Just never enjoyed his books.

    • lynnsbooks

      The only Dickens I’ve read are A Christmas Carol which is a fairly short story and very easy to read and Great Expectations – I’d already seen the old black and white film and I loved the creepy graveyard with the escaped convicts and then the derelict mansion and Miss Haversham with her mouldy wedding cake. I’ve not read the others. He does have a tendency to wordiness.
      I thought the Far Pavilions was great whether I’d feel the same with a reread – you just never know. Sometimes you kind of have on rose tinted glasses for some of the earlier books you loved.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  3. Bridget

    I need to read The Chronicles of Narnia again…but I didn’t read them for the first time until I was 22! Here’s my TTT πŸ™‚

    • lynnsbooks

      To be honest I’ve only read The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe – I really should read the rest!
      Lynn πŸ˜€

      • Bridget

        Ooh you should, they’re great! πŸ˜€

  4. jessicabookworm

    I’m impressed with how many classics you read when you were younger. I have always thought I missed out on so much time with the classics when I was younger. I like this topic I may have to give it a go.

    • lynnsbooks

      Well, that’s my dad – he was a bit of a collector of volumes of books – so all the Brontes, a large tome of Daphne DuMaurier, a big book of Conan Doyle’s Holmes. I forgot one book off here that I loved round about then – She by Rider Haggard – I loved that story. It would be fun in a way to revisit them and see how I got along with them now.
      I hope you post a list – I’d like to see your reads.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  5. thewritestuff123

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier is one of my all time favorite novels. So amazing the way she flawlessly creates an atmosphere of such foreboding.

    • lynnsbooks

      Ditto – I’ve read it maybe 3 or 4 times. I just love her writing – Jamaica Inn and My Cousin Rachel are also both excellent – have you read those??
      Lynn πŸ˜€

      • thewritestuff123

        I’ve read both and seen the old Hitchcock movies for Jamaica Inn and Rebecca. Both excellent. My Cousin Rachel has just an ominous of a tone as Rebecca. My mom is a huge fan to and introduced me to du Maurier. Have you seen the movies?

      • lynnsbooks

        Yes, I loved the movies – I’m talking about the oldies though because they’re so atmospheric – Laurence Olivier in Rebecca and Richard Burton in My Cousin Rachel. So good. I wish they could remake these and do them justice.
        Lynn πŸ˜€

      • thewritestuff123

        The oldies are the best!! Laurence Olivier as Maxim de Winter oh man. I don’t know if there’s an actor that can top that.

      • lynnsbooks

        hahah – agreed!

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    Fun list πŸ™‚ I loved Jane Eyre

    • lynnsbooks

      I have that rosy tinted feel when it comes to Jane Eyre. I loved the dark brooding feel of the book and so now it has this almost romanticised ‘can’t do any wrong’ feel for me. I perhaps should give it a reread to see how it holds up.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  7. TheSkepticalReader

    Quite impressed you read Gone with the Wind so young! πŸ˜€

    • lynnsbooks

      Oh, I loved that book – I practically spent the week walking into furniture and lampposts because I had the book glued to my face! Loved it.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  8. Joey @ thoughts and afterthoughts

    I’m gonna take a stab at this and say that you picked up your undying love of fantasy from your pops?! Either way, nice to see that you have a close family connection with some of your childhood favourites!

    Joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts.

    • lynnsbooks

      Joey, you’re totally right! My dad had some pretty awesome books – including LoTR and The Hobbit. Loads of other good books too. The good thing is for the last few years I’ve been giving him fantasy books such as Patrick Rothfuss (which he loved) so it’s a bit like karma really – what comes around goes around.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  9. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Wow you were so much better read than me when I was a teen, lol. I think I was more interested in partying and going out with my friends than in reading at the time, shame on me 😦

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s probably not as impressive as it seems – partying is good. I’ve always had a bit of a trek to and from school/college/work – it’s amazing how reading makes the journey speed by.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

  10. Danya @ Fine Print

    I had a few seconds of shock where I thought you read Rebecca as a young girl, then I realized you were counting your teens. Because as much as I ADORE that book, there is no way on this earth I could’ve read that at age 10, haha! Jane Eyre is a favourite, too. I love how many classics you have on this list!

    • lynnsbooks

      haha, I decided to go through a few years there. Imagine reading Rebecca age 8 – I don’t think I would have appreciated it. I did read a lot of classics before I realised there was a whole other world of books out there! Now I have a little bit of catching up to do on other books.
      Lynn πŸ˜€

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