TOP 5 FRIDAY: Bathtub books

TOP 5 FRIDAY is when we each list five of our favorite things, depending on the topic. Feel free to join in via the comments or by posting on your own blog and linking back here. Play along. It’s Friday.

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When I was a kid, I loved to read in the bathtub. It was the best. I would drain and fill the tub with hot water at least twice, depending on how good the book was. I didn’t so much care about being clean. I mainly cared about getting to turn the page.

I still have my original copies of these books – they have wrinkled pages and smudged words. It’s a shame how many times they were dropped in the tub. When the book was soaked, I was always more concerned about the fact that I would have to read something else than the fact that I had a wet book in my hands.

Summary: I was a book nerd.

And as you’ve seen from this previous Top 5 Friday, I still love to read [and it seems a bunch of you do too!].

Summary: I am still a book nerd. Proudly.

But today I shall list for you my five favorite books from my childhood. I wonder if you loved any of these as well?

[Sidenote: This is not a list of my favorite children’s books as an adult. We’ll save that for another day. These were MY favorite books as a kid.]

[Double sidenote: I’ve been over-explaining myself for the last 31 years. Sorry bout it.]


#1. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume

I always loved history and while I do not like horror books, something about Hitler frightened me to death- but Sally J. Freedman wasn’t scared of Hitler. And I liked that about her. She also got stung by a man-o-war and that fascinated me. I understood her. I remember wanting to dream as vividly as she does. We would have never been friends- I would have been jealous of her dreams. But I loved her and loved this book.


#2. Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp

Like most of the girls in the 1980s and 1990s [and right now], I had an American Girl Doll. Molly was mine. [I’m sensing a theme… 1940s for the win!] I loved to read her books and dress her in the coordinating outfit. Molly Saves The Day was always a favorite. I learned about poison ivy and capture the flag. I could read this one year round.



#3. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Seriously. I’m freaking MYSELF out with the realization that I loved World War 2 era books something fierce.

I loved this journal. I would write ridiculously detailed journal entries thinking that someday, my childhood journals would be published. [Trust me. You don’t want to read it. Boring stuff.]

I thought Anne Frank was the bravest girl I knew. I cried every time the book ended. Probably still would.


#4. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

I thought Harriet was funny. This book taught me about how you can use a dumbwaiter to solve a crime. I also loved that she wore glasses. The first time I read the book I had just recently gotten glasses myself [watch out middle school, here comes braces too!], so I loved that Harriet and I both lived a four-eyed life. She was smart, a little shifty, and usually thought life was far more dramatic than it really is.

I have no idea why I related to that. 🙂


#5. Garfield by Jim Davis

I don’t have a particular favorite Garfield cartoon book, but I checked them out of the library one by one and read them all. I laughed outloud. I always searched for the comic drawn on my birthday. I would take the book to my parents and read them the funniest lines. I mean, as a 4th grader to reading Anne Frank repeatedly for pleasure, I deserved a little comic relief, don’t you think?

I have honorable mention books this week- like From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, and Superfudge. I could keep going. I won’t. But you will…. 🙂

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What were your favorite books as a child?

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