Top Ten Tuesday

Retroactive

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday invites bookish bloggers to share lists based on a given topic. This week’s prompt is a throwback freebie, so, I’m going to fill y’all in on some of my absolute favorite childhood characters!

The List

Felicity Merriman [Meet Felicity by Valerie Tripp] is my all-time favorite American Girl. The AG books were among my first historical fiction reads and through them I discovered my love of history itself. I had all of the original AG dolls and Felicity, naturally, was my most loved . I remember trying to braid her hair – which I couldn’t do, as my hair has always been short – and making her hair all frizzy, which kills me to this day!

Pippi Longstocking [Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren] is a girl to whom I was introduced by my Aunt Janice. I still remember when Lindgren’s book was gifted to me; I had no clue who in the hell Pippi was, but I instantly fell in love with her quirk!

Laura Ingalls [Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder] is a character whom I seriously thought was totally fictional – despite the fact that the author of the Little House books has the same name! 😀 Upon figuring out Laura was indeed real and relaying true tales, I fell even more in love!

Ramona Quimby [Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary] is an irritating character – to her big sister, Beezus – but I adore her nevertheless. I loved Cleary’s books as a girl and remember sucking up as much of her writing as as humanly possible, especially the Ramona series!

Ralph S. Mouse [The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary] is perhaps my favorite animal as a lead character. The fact that he rides a toy motorcycle has always tickled me, as does the image of him doing so on the book’s cover! I’ve always seen Ralph as one of the most creative characters to have broken out of Cleary’s head.

Encyclopedia Brown [Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol] fascinated me, not only with his mysterious mysteries to solve, but with his freaking amazing name! I seriously thought Encyclopedia was – and still is – too cool for school.

Bunnicula [Bunnicula by James & Deborah Howe] is a bunny and a vampire! I thought this was a miraculous concept and gobbled up each book in the Howes’ series. This is definitely a story I want to revisit soon!

Claudia Kishi [Claudia and Mean Janine by Anne M. Martin] is totally THE coolest babysitter in the BSC – I double dog dare anyone to disagree! 😀 With her fashion and surprisingly complex background, I would have loved having a friend like Claudia! I love the BSC Graphix revival of the penultimate club and I’m really excited to get to Claudia’s first book in that series!

Harriet M. Welsch [Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh] is another amateur detective whom I absolutely admired. She is so different and marches to the beat of her own drum, which is enthralling and makes for an excellent role model.

Margaret Simon [Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume] is among my favorites because she’s witty and real. I read Margaret’s coming of age story at probably the perfect time – when I was learning about the dreaded menstrual cycle and discovering boys. I totally identified with Margaret in those respects as well as others.

Love, Maggie

21 Comments

  1. kris

    I loved the baby sitter club, ramona and harriet the spy growing up too!!

    14 . 09 . 2017
  2. Jessica | ReadingwithJessica

    Beverly Cleary was also a favorite author of mine as a child. Loved seeing these throwbacks!

    13 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks a bunch, Jessica! I can’t think of a Beverly Cleary book I haven’t read! LOL!

      13 . 09 . 2017
  3. Fernanda

    I, um, haven’t read any of these mainly because I didn’t get into reading until 6 years ago lol but lovely list!

    13 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks, Fernanda! I read all the time as a kid, then hit a massive slump for years! I’m just really getting back into reading as much as possible this year!

      13 . 09 . 2017
  4. Danielle

    This list is so reminiscent of my childHood! Ive read 7 of the 10 books listed here. My favorute was definitely Laura Ingalls or Harriet the Spy!! Great list!

    13 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks a bunch, Danielle! 😀

      13 . 09 . 2017
  5. Alyssa less

    OH, American Girls! How I’ve Missed Them! Kirsten Was My Absolute Favorite. Awesome List!

    13 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Alyssa! I loved Kirsten too!!!

      13 . 09 . 2017
  6. Nicole @ Boundless Bookaholic

    I’ve never had American Girl anything. I don’t even remember it being popular when I was younger. I lOve the little house in the big woods series. one of my favorites growing up. I read some babysitter’s club books, but mostly the litter sister ones.

    12 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Oh, I love the Little Sister books too! Every girl I knew growing up was all about American Girl, especially the dolls! <3

      12 . 09 . 2017
  7. Shawn

    Bunnicula is one of my favorite books! The only other one I’ve read from the list is Beezus and Ramona.

    12 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      OMG! I can’t wait to get the Bunnicula books for my babies! I want to read them again!

      12 . 09 . 2017
  8. Toni-Emma @ Book & Bloom

    Some fantastic characters on this list. I was such a huge Pippi fan growing up. Gotta love Pippi!

    You can check out my Top Ten Books Published 10 Years Ago HERE

    12 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much! 😀 Pippi is totally an all-time favorite! Thanks for stopping by!

      12 . 09 . 2017
  9. Sarah Campbell

    Ah I’ve seen beezus and Ramona the movie. Never read the book. Some good CHOICES!

    12 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Thanks so much, Sarah! I’ve never seen the movie! I’ll have to look for it! 😀

      12 . 09 . 2017
  10. Diana @ The Bookish Sisters

    I’ve never read these books!! Can you tell I totally hated reading as a child lol

    12 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      LMFAO! 😀

      12 . 09 . 2017
  11. Jenn

    I read so many of these books growing up! My top favorite book was Charlotte’s Web.

    12 . 09 . 2017
    • Maggie

      Call me insane, but I’ve NEVER read Charlotte’s Web! I have no clue why; I need to add it to my TBR!

      12 . 09 . 2017

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