Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I'd Read as a Kid

It's time for another week of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish, and though I haven't participated in a few weeks I couldn't pass up this week's topic: Top Ten Books I Wish I'd Read as a Kid.  I read a lot of great books as a kid, but there are a few that I never got around to or have heard of since that I wish I had read when I was still a young'un.  I could only come up with six, but I'm sure there are more.

1. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss: I first read this when my high school English class trekked over to the nearby elementary school to read books to kids.  I loved it - a Seussian universe concerned with environmentalism?  Yes, please!
2. The Giver by Lois Lowry: So many people I knew read and loved this that it makes me feel as though I missed out on something.
3. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis: I remember my (fourth-grade?) teacher reading us The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, but most of what I remember about it is from the movie.  One of these days I plan on reading them all.
4. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: The only reason I have for this choice is that I remember a copy of this sitting on the shelf of my basement playroom's closet for years and always thinking that it was a "boy's book."  I loved my Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley High books, but I wish that I'd ventured beyond them.
5. The Little House on the Praire, etc., by Laura Ingalls Wilder: I read one or two of these but had a hard time getting into the series and barely remember them.  I really loved the semi-fictional spinoff series about Laura's daughter, Rose, but really wish that I had also read the originals.
6. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes: Same reason as The Giver - I always felt as though I was missing out on something, though I don't know why I never corrected that.

What books do you regret having missed out on?


  1. I'm with you on the Giver! I've never read it but so many people seem to love it so much I wish I knew what all the fuss was about.

  2. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-10-best-debut-books.html

  3. Flowers for Algernon is a good one! I really wish I'd read that when I was younger.

  4. +JMJ+

    I read The Giver "just because" when I was younger, but it seems to be an assigned book in many schools. Perhaps that's the reason it seems so popular?

    But I read Flowers for Algernon in college and don't think it's one of those books you need to read within a certain "window" to appreciate properly. Any time you feel ready for it, it will be great for you! =)

  5. Matilda by Robert Dahl-my 12 year old daughter has been in love with it, and the movie, for 5 years now!

  6. Great picks. I read The Giver when I was in grade school, but it didn't have a big impact on me. I can't even remember anything about it. Maybe it's time for a re-read. :)