Monday, January 24, 2011

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

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. Everyone is welcome to join in.

This weeks Top Ten is Top Ten Books I Wish I Read as a Kid.

1. Any of the Nancy Drew Mysteries
Right when I started reading high powered again, I was the perfect age to enjoy these. I remember being in the library and thinking they looked very old and they must smell.. bleh! I'll take out this Choose Your Own Adventure (!) instead.

**Note.** I am looking at this Goodreads list on Favorite Childrens Books and totally just realized that I started the Little House on the Prairie books at book 2! No wonder I didn't like them! Now back to your regularly scheduled list.

2. The Series of Unfortunate Events
I feel like this may have come out near the end of my childhood, but I will probably never read it now and thus never know what I could have experienced.

**Note.** Seriously why is Watership Down on the aforementioned list?

3. Julie of the Wolves
I owned this story. I bought it because the main character had my name (shallow I know. Sue me. I was 11). The cover was really cool and engaging. But yet, I never read it. I think I finally gave it away.

**Note.** Okay. Seriously. I've added like 14 books I read as a kid to my goodreads childhood shelf in the last 5 mintues.

4. Wayside School is Falling Down
I read (and LOVED) Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger and I believe I had the math games trivia fun book, but I am almost positive I never went back and read the two that came before "Stranger". I think I would have really liked them.

5. Where the Wild Things Are
I've never read it. Never seen the movie. Still don't really know anything about it. Maybe when I have a kid of my own someday, I'll make sure to give this book so I can read it...

6. Winnie the Pooh
I think I read this book, but I am not sure. I think reading it instead of watching the VHS would have been awesome to do. The more I think about it, the more I am starting to feel like I did read it... now I am not sure.. so I'll make this list 11 just in case.

7. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
I didn't even know it was a book until I just saw it on GR. I really liked the movie and probably would have liked the book even more had I known of its existence.

8. The Neverending Story
Another case of I loved the movie, but never read the book. It was so magical. In actuality, I would probably go back and read this one. I think it could hold some magic for this 24 year old kid.

9. The Polar Express
I've never read it. I've never seen the movie with Tom Hanks either. I don't really feel like I am missing anything, but it could have been a cute tradition.

10.Ella Enchanted
Could have been something magical (if you excuse the pun)


  1. Nice list. I really enjoyed the Sideway Stories from Wayside School as a child. The Neverending Story and Unfortunate Events made my list.

  2. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH the book is different from the movie—very much so. I like both, but the book is a bit sadder.

  3. So many of us have put Nancy Drew on our lists. I think I may just have to sample one, just to see if I can form an opinion as to I whether I really would have liked them or not.

    The Neverending Story is not just a children's book - it can be read on a whole different level by adults, so go for it.

  4. I loved the Neverending Story, it really is magical. Last time I read it is years ago, but I think you can still enjoy it at this age :)

  5. +JMJ+

    The Neverending Story is on my list, too--and is one of those I never did get around to reading. =( I'm glad you think it is one of those books that you don't need to read within a certain window but which have magic for readers of any age. =)

  6. I loved the Wayside School books when I was a kid. Your post made me want to go look for my old copy. Also, I haven't read The Neverending Story yet, but I loved the movie adaptation. I have to try to find a copy this year. :)


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