Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, the topic is Childhood Favorites.

I read lots and was also read to a lot. I also read (and still read) a lot of comics, such as Donald Duck, Asterix, and Tintin. These are the books I remember liking the most:

1, Walter Farley: The Black Stallion
I so much wanted to be Alex and ride the Black Stallion. I loved that first book so much. Actually, I’ve only read the four books which were translated into Finnish. According to Wikipedia those were books 1, 3, 5, and 9. Weird. I still have the first book.

2, Carolyn Keene: Nancy Drew
I loved reading about Nancy (Paula in the Finnish translations) and her friends solving all sorts of mysteries. I still have a handful of them.

3, Enid Blyton: the Famous Five
One of the most popular translated children’s series in Finland. In Finnish, the names of the kids are Leo, Dick, Anne, and Pauli/Paula.

4, Enid Blyton: The Adventure series
Another Blyton series I adored. I loved Jack and his pet parrot Kiki. I also loved Philip’s supernatural ability to bond with animals.

5, Enid Blyton: Secret Seven
I liked this series a lot but not nearly as much as the previous two.

6, Franklin W. Dixon: Hardy boys
I read quite a few of these, too, although I didn’t like them as much as the Blyton series.

7, Robert Arthur Jr.: The Three Investigators
46 books were translated to Finnish, but I preferred the first 10 or so. I liked the eclectic group of friends and the strange mysteries.

Of course I also read books from Finnish and other Skandinavian authors. I don’t think any of them have been translated to English.
8, Merja Jalo
Her series are set in various stables. Some of the plots were about horses but some are mysteries which deal with typical teenager issues.

9, Marvi Jalo
She also writes about horses but mostly stand-alone books rather than series.

10, Merri Vik
She was actually Swedish and wrote in Swedish. The Lotta series tells about a clumsy but otherwise pretty ordinary girl. They’re very funny books.

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