Top Ten Books from My Childhood/Teen Years I’d Like to Revisit


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is books from my childhood or teen years I’d like to revisit. I’m a big fan of nostalgia and reminiscing about those good ol’ days, so I’m definitely game for this week’s top ten! I had tons of fun thinking about the books I used to love and reread all the time when I was young. The last four books on the list are from when I was a teenager, and I’m not completely sure when I read Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek (Crusade in Jeans), and if it is considered a book for children or for young teenagers — it’s been a while.

Anyway, let’s get on to this fun list! Anyone who’s been following my blog for a while can probably guess what book is on the top of my list… (although, technically, these are in no particular order).


  1. Matilda by Roald Dahl — What a surprise, am I right?! This is just one of my all time favourite books. It gives me all the feels just thinking about it. I’m planning on doing a reread soon, and writing a post about it!
  2. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne — Winnie-the-Pooh is awesome, and I’ve actually been thinking about rereading this one as well. I know I’ve got the Dutch version at my parents’ place, but I’d love to read it in English.
  3. Camembert by Kees Jan Bender and Hans Heesen — This is one of three Dutch novels on the list. It’s about a mouse named Camembert who lives in a cheese shop with his parents. But then the cheese shop gets a new owner — one that doesn’t like mice. It’s amazing.
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl — Another Roald Dahl book! I’d love to reread this one in English as well, although I remember not loving it as much as I loved Matilda.
  5. Pluk van de Petteflet by Annie M.G. Schmidt — Annie M.G. Schmidt is my favourite Dutch author, without a doubt. She’s written so many amazin children’s books, many of which are among my favourites. Her way with words is simply amazing.
  6. Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek by Thea Beckman — Another Dutch novel! This one has been translated to English as Crusade in Jeans. It’s about a boy who accidentally ends up in the 13th century when he volunteers for an experiment with a time machine. This is probably one of the most famous Dutch children’s books, and for a good reason.
  7. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot — Ahh, these books! I don’t think I read all of them, but I loved the ones I did read. I think it’d be a lot of fun to read them again. But I’ll probably just watch the films again…
  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon — I read this book in high school, but I remember a lot of the people in my class not liking it, so I kind of pretended to not like it either… Should definitely reread this one, because it’s actually amazing.
  9. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison — Oh, how I loved these books! This is the first in a series called Confessions of Georgia Nicolson. It was absolutely hilarious, although I don’t think I read all of the ten books in the series.
  10. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares — These books were my number one favourites in high school. I don’t even remember how often I’ve read them, but I read them a lot. I adored the friendship these girls had with each other.

And that’s my top ten! Are any of these on your list as well? Let me know!

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22 thoughts on “Top Ten Books from My Childhood/Teen Years I’d Like to Revisit

  1. Hmmm… What happened to your utter, utter, utter, absolute, all time favourite? The one we started reading to or with you when you were seven, eight years old?

    1. Yeah, well, that wouldn’t really be “revisiting”, would it? They’re still my favourites and I still read them on a regular basis. I haven’t forgotten about them, just figured I’d give some other books a chance to shine. 😉

      …assuming you mean what I think you mean. Which I think you do.

  2. glad to see Roald Dahl amongst them. I read them all to my kids. He wrote a fablous one with revolting rhymes. I still have it here, it is a very funny look at fairy tales. If you need to borrow any just let me know.

    1. I have a complete collection of Roald Dahl’s short stories here as well. 🙂 Also, I’m not really sure who this is since you commented as Anonymous, although I do have my suspicions… 😉

    1. Matilda is such a wonderful book! It truly is one of my all time favourites. Did you enjoy your reread of the Princess Diaries? I can’t really remember them all that well, it’s been a while!

  3. I am currently reading the princess diaries for the first time and loving them. The ending is very different from the films as far as I am aware. They are nice quick reads which is always good.

    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying them! I have to say, I can’t really remember the differences between the books and the films… I think I’ve mostly got the films stuck in my head now, haha! It’s been a while since I read the books.

  4. Pluk van de Petteflet! Annie MG Schmidt was and still is one of my favourite Dutch authors. My favourite was Ibbeltje because I used to want to be a cat (still do, I mean sleeping all day, who doesn’t want that!)

    1. Annie M.G. Schmidt is amazing! I probably could’ve filled this list with only books written by her. I completely forgot about Ibbeltje! I adored that one as well, it was SO good. And you’re definitely right, I’d be happy to be a cat! 🙂

  5. Matilda was one of my favourite childhood books as well and I still have my copy of it! Beside that I have read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, but it didn’t leave much of an impression on me. I have heard of most of the other books you mentioned, but I haven’t read them. I read a lot of Carrie Slee when I was younger (and still read dutch books) and I loved the “Hoe Overleef Ik” series.

    1. I actually got an English edition of Matilda for my birthday last year! Still have to read it, though… I read a lot of Carrie Slee books as well, but after a while they all started to look/sound the same to me. Although they did have some very good messages! And I LOVED the Hoe Overleef Ik series! They were my absolute favourites for a while, and should kind of be on this list, come to think of it…

  6. I can’t believe I forgot Pluk van de Petteflet! I remember my mom reading it to me, it was my brother’s favorite book when he was a child. And Kruistocht in Spijkerbroek as well. I included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda in mine too.

    Great list!

  7. I love Roald Dahl 🙂 But my favourite (apart from Matilda) was The Witches – so scary and funny!
    And Winnie the Pooh! Great choices. I wish I knew more about Dutch writers but I can’t remember having read anything as a kid – I don’t think many Dutch books are translated into Slovenian.

    1. Haha, The Witches scared me so much! I was afraid to read it for quite some time, actually. Perhaps I should reread it soon… 🙂 There are so many wonderful Dutch children’s books, but not a lot of them get translated, unfortunately… Thank you for commenting, Kaja!

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