Top 10 Weekend!

New weekly feature! In which I spend the weekend doing top 10 lists 🙂

My first topic is top 10 books I loved in middle school. Man I was a completely different kind of reader back then! But here are 10 books I absolutely adored as a preteen in my middle school years.

1. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares

To say that I was obsessed with this series would be an understatement. I used to wish these girls were real and could be my best friends irl. As soon as I finished these books, I would immediately start reading them again… it was a problem! But really, these books, especially the first 2 of the series, and the girls in them got me through some awful things in my life when i was about 13/14 years old. I will be forever grateful fr these books’ existence!

2. The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen

This book remains to this day in my top 2 favorite Sarah Dessen books. It’s the very first one of hers I ever read, and from this one I went on to read every single other one of her books! I loved the relatability of it and how easy it was to read. There was no crazy drama in this, it was just about trying to get through whatever life happens to throw your way, and figure out who you are while you’re young.

3. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl –  Anne Frank

I originally read this as a class assignment in 8th grade. We were all reading it for AR points (if you are unfamiliar with AR, it’s a series of tests you have to take in middle school after reading books, and you get points depending on how tough the book was and how well you did on the test. It was a big portion of our grade!), and then we ended up putting on a play about Anne Frank’s life after we were done reading it. I became so interested in Anne Frank’s life after reading her diary that I started to read supplemental books. Like this book called “Anne and Me” which is a fictional YA book about a girl who time travels and meets Anne Frank, I read diaries from Anne’s dad, from the women who kept her family hidden for all those years, and much more.

4. The Angels Trilogy – Lurlene McDaniel

Oh man, did this trilogy open up a can of worms! After reading this series (and obsessing over it), I asked my Grammy to buy me all of the rest of Lurlene McDaniel’s books that were at her local Barnes & Noble so I could read them all. And when I read all of those, I went to the library and read all of the other ones that were there! Mind you, Lurlene’s books are not easy books to read; sure they’re pretty small, but they are about TEENAGERS WITH CANCER. TALK ABOUT SOBFEST. But I could not get enough of them! And the Angels trilogy was what started it all. Man I was obsessed! To the point where to this day, if I ever have a girl, I’m naming her Leah… which is the name of the main character in the first “Angels” book…. yeah.

5. The Lord of the Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien

To be honest, this started with the LotR movies, which were released when I was in middle school. I didn’t even want to see the Fellowship of the Ring, but my uncle dragged me with him to see it, and then the rest is history. I bought LotR movie memorabilia, when to midnight showings of the next two movies, got a “Mrs. Bloom” purse, learned elvish, and read the LotR trilogy and The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. I learned to play the music on my violin, wrote in elvish, and made up ballet dances to the soundtrack. But I really really loved the books. They were so in-depth and had so much imagination in them. I just felt immersed in Middle Earth and forgot about the real world while I was reading them. Plus I really wanted to be an elf.

6. Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Specifically “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” which is the one with short stories like “The Speckled Band,” “The Hound of Baskervilles,” and “The Five Orange Pips.” This was another one that I read of AR testing on my own. But then I found out that my dad was a Sherlock Holmes nerd! So I wanted to be able to talk to him about it, so I started reading the Sherlock Holmes novels and the rest of the short stories. I also used to watch the 80′s movie “Young Sherlock Holmes” on repeat because I thought it was just so cool… in hindsight it’s no that great of a movie lol.

7. Dear America books

Any of them really, I wasn’t just into ones from a specific era and I didn’t really have a favorite one. But I bought like 9 of them and would re-read those over and over again. I felt like I was getting smarter when I was reading them because I was learning about so many different times in history. They were pretty educational! I learned about frostbite and slave culture in America and life on the Oregon Trail.

8. Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

I picked this book up after reading all of those Anne Frank books. I wanted to learn more about the Holocaust, but my mom didn’t want me reading anything to graphic or traumatizing. Luckily we found this middle grade/ya book which took place in the Holocaust. I absolutely loved reading it! And it was hard at that time to find any other appropriate Holocaust novels for my age, so this was a young reader’s miracle. Plus it introduced me to Lois Lowry, which in turn introduced me to The Giver!

9. The Giver – Lois Lowry

Like I said, I read this immediately after “Number the Stars” at the request of my best friend at the time. She said she thought it was super cool but she didn’t get the ending so she wanted me to read it so I cold help her figure it out. It took me a long time for my young brain to understand that book! It’s a deceptively deep book! To this day The Giver quartet remains in my top 15 favorite books of all time, I own 4 copies of the series!

10. The Tripods Trilogy – John Christopher

This trilogy had me shook was I was like 13. I remember I was like scared to read for a bit when I finished these books! I had like dreams about tripods getting me when I was reading these. It was a crazy sci-fi journey for my young self. I don’t know many other people who ave read this series, so if you have please let me know!

What books did you guys read and love when you were that age (12-14 years old)?

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