Top Ten Tuesday (2) – Books I Wish I’d Read As A Kid


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is the Top Ten Books I Wish I’d Read As A Kid.

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K Rowling. I never really liked the Harry Potter series, until I was about fourteen years old. This has a lot to do with the fact that the first novel I grabbed from the series was in fact the fourth one, and I had no clue what this Voldemort fellow was all about. Note to self: never start a series at number four.
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Although technically aimed at teenagers, I can imagine what impact this novel would have had on me had I read it as a kid. It would probably have been the next best thing since the invention of the wheel for me, and I would have talked about it for hours in a row. The magic of novels dissapears a bit when you get older, and I wish I had read this novel when I was younger.
  3. A Demon In my View by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. I read In The Forests of The Night when I was about ten years old, and I still consider it my favourite young adult/teen novel ever written. Even if I reread it now, I find the story intriguing, original, tense, amazing. It took me more than ten years to track down the next novel in the series, convince my Mom I should order it, and actually sit down and read it. I hated it. Really, really hated it. Not because it’s a very bad story – it is a bad story, the characters are flat and lack credibility – but mostly because it totally ruined the first novel in the series. I can’t help but think maybe if I had read it sooner, when I wasn’t as much of a critic as I am now, I would have liked it more.
  4. Lemony Snicket Series. I heard so many good things about this series, and I sort of regret never reading them. They just weren’t as popular in Belgium I guess, since I only began hearing about them later on, when I was sixteen or something. And then I never really got around to reading them, courtesy of school, work and other time-consuming things like sleeping.
  5. The Chronicles of Narnia. Believe me, I tried. I really did. But my local library only had one copy, and surprise, surprise: it wasn’t The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. It was Prince Caspian and something, and I’m not even sure if it was the second in the series or a later one. Needless to say that trying to read the book was pretty pointless, since I had no clue what it was about. I bought The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe about a year ago, and had my go at it then. I liked the novel, but it wasn’t as magical as when I would have read it as a kid.
  6. Matilda. Don’t get me wrong. I did read Matilda when I was a kid. More even: I lived, breathed and slept thinking about Matilda. I bought the movie as soon as it was released, and rented the novel from the library every single visit. The only downside is that I never really got the original in my hand. Sure, I got the dutch translated version (and to be honest, back in primary school my English was probably not good enough to read anything) but I never read the original English version. Looking back on it, I wish I had read that version, even if only once.
  7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I saw the movie when I was about ten years old and I LOVED it. More than loved it, it made me smile, laugh, cry, rage, love, and experience all other emotions humans can feel. I regret never reading the novel; I haven’t even read it now, although I really should. The story was amazing, with wonderful characters and it was just…mesmerising. Even thinking about it, I want to grab a copy and read it.
  8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Don’t kill me, but I just have the feeling I would have appreciated Stephenie Meyer and her Twilight series a lot more had I read it when I was younger. It’s just a bit too predictable, the characters are a bit too flat and undeveloped and the storyline needs some work. However I’m convinced that had I been twelve rather than nineteen when I grabbed my first copy of Twilight, I woul have liked it a lot more. Maybe I would even have loved it. Or went totally fangirl. Alas, we’ll never know.
  9. The Spyglass Series by Philip Pullman. This series has always interested me, but I never got around to reading it, and it went off my priority list quite a while ago. But I can imagine how I would have loved this series as a kid, how I would have eagerly anticipated the next release.
  10. Peter Pan. My favourite fairytale of all-time wasn’t Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty, or even Snow White. Now you may think it’s probably Peter Pan, but no, it wasn’t. Peter Pan was actually my second favorite, which resulted in me watching the Disney movie a bazillion times. But my all-tim favorite fairytale was Robin Hood. Nevertheless, I’ve always regretted not reading Peter Pan when I was a kid. Since I still love the story and it still appeals to me very much, I may read it one day. Hopefully.


  1. My online children’s book group is reading Matilda right now. I completely missed Roald Dahl books when I was a child. (I was born too soon.) But I am loving his books now.

    Here’s my post:

  2. The Secret Garden was one of my favourite books when I was a child. I think I borrowed it from the library on average a couple of times a year for several years running.

  3. Great list! I should add The Secret Garden to mine as well…

  4. Fantastic list! I considered putting The Secret Garden and The Chronicles of Narnia on my list. My cousin told me that I would really love them… perhaps someday I’ll read them.

    Have a great day!
    Books Turn Brains

  5. Lemony Snicket is wonderful. I read them a summer or two ago (very much the adult) and enjoyed them immensely. Well worth checking out even if you do feel too old. 😉

  6. Some of the books on your list weren’t even around when I was a kid, but I have enjoyed the HP and Hunger Games series. I first read The Secret Garden after winning it in second grade and it has long been a favorite. I also read the Narnia series in grade school, but have decided to have another go at them this year with an online read-along, as it has been a long time and interest has been rekindled by the movies.

  7. I find it frustrating when libraries have incomplete collections of series, especially if the only books they have are later on in the series. I know things happen, books get lost but when you’re dying to read something it’s hard when there’s only Book #4 available!

    I really enjoyed The Hunger Games as an adult and I think I would’ve loved it so much more as a younger teenager! It’s something I would’ve read at that age too, even though I was always trying to read more adult type books.

  8. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Today I seem to be communicating with people all over the world. I am so thrilled by that.

    I adore the Amber Spyglass series but I read it as an adult. It actually was the first Fantasy I’d read since Harry Potter and I decided that I do like that genre.


  9. +JMJ+

    Your reason for not getting to The Chronicles of Narnia as early as you would have liked remind me of my own reasons for not starting The Chronicles of Prydain and The Dark is Rising. I don’ t know why, but all the bookstores in my city offered only Books 2 and 5 of the former and Books 2 and 4 of the latter! And of course I wasn’t about to start a series out of order! =(

    They are great Fantasy novels, I know now, but I think I missed out on a great deal of the magic because I didn’t read them when I first hungered for them.

  10. Great List! And I like your point about Twilight. I’m not sure I would have loved it at a younger age, but I wouldn’t have been so attuned to the flaws.

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