Books I Wish I’d Read as a Kid
Today’s official topic is “Rainy Day Reads,” but that one isn’t speaking to me today. Probably because I am more likely to put on specific movies (“Spirited Away” most often) than read specific books just because it’s a rainy day.
So instead, I’m doing a Throwback Top Ten Tuesday topic: Top Ten Books I Wish I’d Read as a Kid. Granted, they weren’t all published in time for me to read them when I was a kid, but I can still wish, right?
1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I read this recently, but it didn’t resonate the way I think it would have if I was younger.
2. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Another book I read recently, but didn’t connect to the main characters the way I think I would have if I was closer in age to them.
3. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
It’s just super cute, and I think I would have loved it.
4. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
This one wasn’t published until recently, so I had no option of reading it younger. And while I loved it as an adult, I think I would have loved it more as a teenager.
5. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Another one that was recently published, but given how much I loved Greek mythology as a kid I think I would have loved this one, too. I haven’t yet found another book on Norse mythology which presented the stories in a way I would have enjoyed as a kid.
6. The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire
I think I would have loved this series as a teen — partly because I loved Narnia so much, but also for the stories themselves. And I also think my younger self could have done with more diversity in my reading. The way sexual diversity is presented as completely normal in this series would have done me good.
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
I enjoy the series now, sure. But sometimes I wish I could have read it one book a year, growing up with Harry.
8. The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper
I was a young adult when I read these books for the first time, but I was an adult. I wish I’d been a young teen for that first read-through, instead.
9. The Safe-Keeper’s Secret by Sharon Shinn
This one was not published early enough for me read as a teen, and I did enjoy reading it as an adult, but I think it would have been a great addition to teenage me’s library.
10. Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain by Richard Roberts
I ended up DNF’ing the audiobook version of this when I tried to listen to it as an adult, because I couldn’t deal with the teenage angst. However, as a teenager, I doubt the angst would have bothered me. (I do still plan to try the paper version so I can skim the angst, but haven’t gotten there yet.)
What about you? Are there any books you’ve read as an adult that you wish you’d been able to read as a kid instead?