Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Read As A Kid

This week's topic is:  Books I Wish I Read As A Kid

I feel like this topic could be interpreted in a number of ways! Even though I do still read and enjoy middle grade books, there are some that I just know I would have fallen so madly in love with when I was younger so I'm bummed I either still haven't read it, or didn't read it until I was older. Some of these I've read now that I'm older and still really enjoyed, but I just wish I had experienced the magic as a kid, and some I still haven't read!

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)
Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna-Wynne Jones
I actually just read this one earlier this year for the first time. I'll be honest: in general, I loved the concept and the writing and the characters, but I found myself losing interest in the latter portion of the book! I think I would've fully appreciated it more as a kid, though.

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1)
Sabriel by Garth Nix
When I was a kid, I read Nix's Keys to the Kingdom and Seventh Tower series and loved those to death. I wish I had gotten my hands on the Abhorsen series as well, because now I have a hard time getting into them for some reason. Maybe I always would've had that issue, but maybe not.

The Hobbit, or There and Back Again
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Okay, so I've definitely read The Hobbit and I absolutely love it, but I can only imagine how much I would've fallen for the hobbits and this story if I'd read it at an even younger age! But I still love it, so in the end it all worked out.

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
My sister actually read and adored this series, so I'm not sure why I never picked it up, but I do wish I had gotten around it.

Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising, #1)
Over Sea, Under Stone (The Dark is Rising) by Susan Cooper
I don't know a lot about this series, but from what I've heard I think I would've (and still would) really like it.

Fablehaven (Fablehaven, #1)
Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
This series sounds totally up my alley, and even today whenever I see the covers for various books int he series, I'm always so drawn to them because they absolutely seem like something I would've read as a kid.

The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)
Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi
I remember seeing this series as a kid, but I don't know why I never got into it. It absolutely sounds like something I'd love and I still want to check it out someday.

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Okay, I'm going to say something probably blasphemous...when I was a kid, my sister and I watched the movie version of Eragon before being aware that there was a book series and we had such a fun time with the movie! I know everyone seems to think it's awful and it honestly probably is (it's been ages since I've seen it, so I have my doubts on its quality now), but I really wish I would've managed to pick up the book to check out around that time also. I hear some really conflicting things about the series and it seems to be a consensus that it's best read at a younger age, so I worry I wouldn't enjoy it now.

The Book of Three (The Chronicles of Prydain, #1)
The Book of Three (Chronicles of Prydain) by Lloyd Alexander
This is one series that I don't think I knew existed as a kid, but now that I've heard about it I think it sounds delightful! I hear some really excellent thins about these books, so I plan to look into them one day still.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson) by Rick Riordan
I realize this is number eleven, but I sort of forgot about it until the end... I lament that I never got around to these as a kid! As someone who is currently a Classics grad student, something tells me I would've liked it a decent bit. I do still consider checking it out now, but there are so many books and even related series (???) that it just feels like a lot to try to catch up with. Still, I like knowing that it's always an option and that so many people love it. I will, however, respect Rick Riordan, and not see the movie adaptation that doesn't exist.

Have you read any of these books? What books do you wish you read as a kid?


  1. Great list! I wish I'd read the Percy Jackson books when I was younger, too - especially considering I loved Greek mythology. I love Howl's Moving Castle and Sabriel, but I wish I'd been a little younger when I read Howl's Moving Castle.

  2. This topic is really going to divide bloggers by age, I can tell! Many of these books came out when I was, um, already past childhood, lol. Except The Book of Three and The Hobbit😉

  3. I read Percy Jackson as an adult and loved it. I didn't really read much fantasy as a kid/teen, and I think I probably would have liked it.

  4. Howl's Moving Castle is a great choice.

    My TTT .

  5. I read the Percy Jackson series to my kid a few years ago and I think I would've loved them as a child. As an adult, I found there to be too many plot holes for me to really and completely enjoy.

  6. So true! There are books that just seem like they would have been so magical as a kid! I totally agree about Fablehaven (I used that one too- they sound awesome) and Spiderwick- ooh great choice! I think I would have LOVED those as a kid! Plus those illustrations. :)

    I did like The Hobbit as a kid, and when I re- read it recently I was so glad it held up for me. And Howl's has me sooo curious!

  7. I tried numerous times to read The Hobbit as a child, even through a comic book version of it, but it wasn't until I was a college grad that I managed to get through it. I love the story, but kid me wasn't up to the challenge of Tolkien's prose!

  8. My daughter is in love with that Spiderwick Chronicles series! It makes me wish they had been around when I was a kid.