When I was younger I read….a lot….like every book in my elementary school’s library…I maybe won a few awards from it.
One thing I LOVE LOVE LOVE about reading is relating to the characters, or even more-so taking what I like about them and instilling it into my own life. (Oh I know, I’m such a poser.)
Here are my top 7 childhood loves (in absolutely no particular order):
1. Eloise(Eloise at the Plaza)
“I’m Eloise and I’m 6.” “Think pink, a better way of life.” I mean, seriously, this girl could care less of what people thought of her. She lived at the NYC Plaza…can someone be more jealous of a 6 year old?
Re-reading/ re-watching Eloise I realize she’s a spoiled brat who makes a lot of trouble, but she’s also got a heart of gold (probably 14k) and loves to solve people’s problems.
2. Anne(Anne of Green Gables)
“It’s ever so much easier to be good if your clothes are fashionable.” “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find there are so many of them in the world.” This girl used terms like ‘flying on the wings of anticipation.’ Where did she get stuff like that?
I do seriously love love love that she wins everyone over and has a million kids in the end with the perfect guy (for her). Her adventurous spirit and heart of dreams makes me want to get rid of my OCD-type A- ridden personality and fly away into a land of orchards and bliss.
3. Jo March(Little Women and Jo’s Boys)
Talk about an independent woman…the film didn’t do her spirit justice (YOU MUST read the books). Her sacrifices in life illustrates what it means to keep a family together; while being as true to yourself as possible. She’s so passionate about never giving up- a lesson I’m constantly in need of. (I also love how much she wasn’t confined by society’s definition of femininity…. you go girl).
4. Laura Ingalls Wilder(Little House on the Prairie + the 7 other books)
Somedays I want to leave my comfy life and just go into all ‘Laura Ingalls Wilder.’ Like how cool would it be to go into the woods and go sugar-sapping? Or ride horses along the banks of a river? Or live in a home-stead for months during a harsh blizzard with little heat or food? (okay maybe not so much that last one.) She just seems so cool.
5. Emily Elizabeth(Clifford the Big Red Dog)
Spoiler alert! The little dog in the first book turns into the most ginormous dog you’ve ever seen! He’s going to be larger than a 2-story house! 😉
Clifford was her best friend. Girl and a dog- end of story. Best friendship ever.
6. Nancy Drew(the Nancy Drew series)
IT’S NANCY ‘FREAKIN’ DREW! This girl wasn’t scared of anything! COMPLETE BAD-ASS. She solved crimes like Sherlock, had a house-keeper (Hannah) that made her the most delicious snacks, and a dog named Togo.
There should be no questions to why anyone would like her.
7. Mary Lennox(The Secret Garden)
Mary didn’t let you get away with BS (oh you’re in a wheelchair? Well get up and WALK). She took a terrible situation (living in a Moor with some weirdo relatives after your parents died does not sound ideal to me) and made the best of it. She had a green-thumb, something I’m completely jealous of. She also broke the rules…I live vicariously through this rule-breaking child.