Top Ten Tuesday

Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

Today’s challenge posted by That Artsy Reader Girl felt a little challenging at first. I was a voracious reader as a child, the library was my second home and a good chunk of my pocket money (and my parents money) went on feeding my obsession. So on first reflection I read what I wanted to as a child.

I read The Famous Five, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Carrie’s War, The Secret Garden, Little Women and so many more. I think I read all the Chronicles of Narnia, I remember Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Prince Caspian. These books, however, belonged to my brother and he had strict rules for how they were to be treated.

His book shelves were organised to the nth degree and the books upon it looked unread, even though they weren’t. He kept them pristine, no bending of the spine on a paperback, no folding dog-ear corners. I had to gently curve the pages to form a shallow ‘u’ shape, so that no creases formed anywhere on the cover. Lo and behold if any damage occurred, and the stress of maintaining his high standards often negated any enjoyment to be found from the story.

But then inspiration struck and I realised that there have been quite a considerable number of years between when I was a child and now. Which opens up a whole host of books, both read and unread, that have been released in the intervening years. There were also a couple that were around then that I can add to the list.

1 George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and it’s sequel Charlie and The Great Glass Elevator, were amongst my favourite stories as a child. However it wasn’t until I saw Rik Mayall perform this book on Jackanory – one of the greatest shows the BBC ever created for children – that I knew of it’s existence. I felt a little too old to read it, but I sure enjoyed secretly watching Rik’s amazing and funny performance.

On a side note Bernard Cribbins was hands down my favourite narrator on Jackanory, though Kenneth Williams was a close second.

I have since read the book many times to my children, along with many other Dahl classics that we all love and enjoy.

2 – 4 The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I adored science fiction and in particular fantasy, as both a child and teenager. I’m sure that love developed from my love of fairy tales and Alice in Wonderland (oh and Through the Looking Glass too).

I was the strange kid who willingly read Day of the Triffids and not only enjoyed reading the short story A Sound of Thunder, by Ray Bradbury, but still to this day remember both the plot and how it made me feel.

Via my son our household actually has the paperback copies of these three books, and one day I WILL read them!

5 – 8 Tiffany Aching Books #1 – 4 by Terry Pratchett

I have read some of these, but as an adult. I still loved them, with all the wearing of black and the Wee Free men, but I do feel my childhood would have been enhanced had they been available back then.

Nobody writes quite like the late, great Terry Pratchett. The random, seemingly bizarre little facts and events that, with one tug on a thread, he could pull together into the most astounding and amazing of stories was simply amazing.

9 – oops Harry Potter #1 – 7 by J.K. Rowling

I’ve read every single one of these books, and watched the films too many times to count. I envy those who grew up alongside Harry, Hermione and Ron. I was forever the adult peering in from the outside, but these a right of passage books and should be on every child’s reading list.

10 (who’s counting!) Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I might have seen 1 or 2 of the film adaptations, though we all know the book is always better, but that’s probably as close as I’ve gotten to this series.

The fact that the main character is a boy (yucky😉 ) might have put my younger self off, but gods, myths, legends and magic? Who could resist that? Not me.

So technically my list is either a lot more than 10 books, or a lot less if you count a series as 1 entry, but it’s my post so there! I was wondering if there were any other books to add into the mix but, if I have to go searching for inspiration, then they probably wouldn’t have been for me. Thank you if you’ve taken the time to read my list! Are there any of these books you would have, or indeed DID read, as a child?

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