Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, you make a list of ten books surrounding a certain topic. This week, I’m talking about some childhood favorite books that I’d love to revisit. Now, I was born and raised in Belgium, so the books I read in my childhood were all in Dutch -until I was about 13 years old, which is when I started reading in English I believe. So I will try and search for the English version of the books I read but there may not always be one, so I’m sorry for that!
The titles will lead you to its Goodreads page.
- How to Become King (Katoren #1) by Jan Terlouw
In Dutch, this one is called “Koning van Katoren” which just means King of Katoren. I really loved this one as a child, it’s about this guy who has to undertake these crazy challenges in order for the ministers to crown him king. I absolutely loved this.
- Wise Child (Doran #1) by Monica Furlong
I distinctly remember reading this series when I was a child, and even reading the first book over and over. I read this book in Dutch as well, which is called “Heksenkind” which translates into Witch Child -not Wise Child. Anyways. I’d highly recommend reading this one as well -it’s been so long since I’ve even held this book!
- Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) by Juliet Marillier
When I was turning 12-13, I really started with my fantasy kick. After starting Harry Potter I just knew I had to continue with the genre. I know that this book maybe wasn’t as suitable for my age, but I’ve never really kept my eye on that. I just always read what I wanted, whether it was MG, YA or adult.
- A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak #1) by Darren Shan
Aside from Harry Potter and Eragon, this series is what sticks out to me when I think about my childhood. I absolutely adored this series -even though I never read the last book. Isn’t that weird? I already read 11, but apparently didn’t read the last and 12th one.
- Het Engelenhuis by Dirk Bracke
Okay, I don’t think there is an English version of this. But Dirk Bracke was my childhood. He is my 4th most read author -I’ve read 14 of his books- and they all pretty much ruined me. I guess you could say his books are YA, and he writes about some seriously dark and taboo topics. This one is about a girl, who comes from a quite poor family, and starts working as an escort to earn money fast. She ends up as a prostitute and in juvenile detention -which is where most of the book is placed. But his novels are SO CAPTIVATING. I wish you could learn Dutch just to read them.
- Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz
I loved this series! A young spy in international situations? OF COURSE. In fact, I love(d) anything by Anthony Horowitz. I also read these in Dutch, I believe.
- The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) by Lemony Snicket
Another classic! I don’t think this one really needs an explanation…
- Matilda by Roald Dahl
Again, this one needs no explanation!
- Inkheart (Inkworld #1) by Cornelia Funke
This book was gifted to me by my godmother when I was a child -how do I still remember that? I have no clue. But I adored it. People who could venture into books or make fictional things become real by reading out loud? Why wouldn’t you want to read that…
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
As I said before, I was born and raised in Belgium. Why is this relevant? I’ll tell you why! We already adore chocolate in all its forms, flavors and sizes. So if there is one place in the world where WIlly Wonka could be, wouldn’t it be Belgium? Shhh. Just let me believe.
So those were some of my childhood favorites that I’d love to revisit! I didn’t include the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling or the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, even though they are most definitely childhood favorites. The reason I didn’t include them though, is firstly because I already re-read them often -or plan to- and because they are quite well-known already. But consider them included!