As always, this feature is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
When I was little, I read a lot. My parents were always supportive of my reading habits, supplying me with new reading material regularly. Living in the Philippines made acquiring new books a bit of a challenge back then, but we managed! Even though I always had new stories to indulge in, and new characters to meet, I always returned to a few favorites regularly and wanted to share some today!
(PS - You might want to check out a fun project that my friends Estelle & Hannah are doing. #SoRatherBeYoung is a joint feature where they both revisit books that were important parts of their childhood, and I'm loving their picks so far. You can learn more about it here.)
Beezus and Ramona (Beverly Cleary) || What I Remember: I was charmed by Ramona, but could relate to how Beezus felt. The way these sisters were portrayed is spot on.
Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson) || What I Remember: Just thinking about this story makes me feel incredibly emotional. It was one of the first friendship stories I ever fell in love with.
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White) || What I Remember: I wanted a pet pig named Wilbur afterwards. Also, I was less afraid of spiders. Again, yet another friendship story I loved.
A Dream of Sadler's Wells (Lorna Hill) || What I Remember: My brain screams "Ballet book!" whenever I think of this story. My ballerina dreams were kindled by this tale!
Hatchet (Gary Paulsen) || What I Remember: It was fascinating to learn how to survive in the wilderness. I felt confident I could take on any similarly dire circumstances with the right tools.
Island of the Blue Dolphins (Scott O'Dell) || What I Remember: I respected the bravery in this novel. I also really, really, really wanted a dolphin of my very own.
Just As Long As We're Together (Judy Blume) || What I Remember: I longed to find my own core group the way these three had each other! Friendship stories were my favorite.
The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) || What I Remember: It was such a charming story! I remember being struck by the image of the boa constrictor and the elephant most.
A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) || What I Remember: EVERYTHING. All of my love goes to Sara Crewe, her vivid imagination and her utter love for all things good.
Matilda (Roald Dahl) || What I Remember: EVERYTHING. I loved Matilda, and totally felt like she was my fictional BFF. I have vivid memories of reading this one over and over and over.