“The whole world opened up to me when I learned to read”
– Mary McCleod Bethune
I won’t be sharing embarrassing photos of me as a kid today [I might save them for my birthday post]. But we will be talking about a much younger version of me. Interestingly enough, my taste in books hasn’t really changed a lot since I was a kid. I still read fantasy and thrillers/detective novels, and love them with all my heart! 😀
Last year, I made a handy dandy infographic of My Reading Journey that I will leave linked here if you’re interested to see what books and genres I loved during certain periods of my life.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is – Books I wish I had read as a child. I wanted to take it a step further and talk about the book series, I would have loved so much more if I’d read them as a child.
|1 – «Little Women» by Louisa May Alcott and the sequels!|
The book that instantly came to mind when I was preparing this list was «Little Women» by Louisa May Alcott. I read it at the end of last year, before watching the new movie adaptation starring Emma Watson and Saoirse Ronan, and I adored it. But I think that 10-12 years-old-me would have loved this book so much more! It would be one of those treasure books to re-read every week and memorize quotes from.
|2 – Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keen|
I still haven’t read Nancy Drew, but I know myself and I know that back in the days, my absolute favorite books were children detectives series. I read so many of them! And there were two that I particularly loved and re-read probably over 100 times.
|3 – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis|
The movies were amazing! Probably the Chronicles of Narnia fans will disagree, but as I watched them before reading the books, the actors really stuck with me. I was already out of high school when I picked up the books for the first time, and even though I enjoyed them, I would have loved them much more as a child.
|4 – His Darl Materials by Philip Pullman|
This is a recent read for me. I finished the trilogy in January of last year, and to be honest I didn’t love it. There was no connection between me and the characters, which is a crucial part of these book series.
We also attempted to watch the TV show and didn’t like it either.
I own the Book of Dust and I do want to read it, but at the same time I’m not sure if I’ll love it, so I keep pushing it back, to the bottom of my TBR pile.
|5 – A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket|
Confession time! I’ve never read these books. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I’ve never even heard of them before the Netflix show came out. I really liked the show though. Must count for something. 😀
|6 – Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan|
And any of Rick Riordan series for that matter. I read the first three books in the Percy Jackson series last year. They were… alright. I didn’t love them as much as I hoped to, and in general, was disappointed by them. But I know for sure that I would have loved them so much if I’d read them as a child.
Even in my late twenties, I still read and love children’s books and middle-grade. They are the ultimate comfort reads for me. But I know that some of them I will never be able to enjoy as much as a younger me would have.
What other books or book series do you think you would have loved more as a child?
Let’s chat in the comments below!