Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Wish Had Been Published When I was a Child

Hey all,

It’s been a LONG while since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday post but it seems I came back perfectly in time for this week’s fun theme: Books I Wish I’d Read as a Child. I was an avid reader when I was a child and there are so many good books released now that I wish I’d have had a chance to experience reading as a child/young teen. This is my list of books I wish would go back in time and be published 20 years early, haha.

As always, thanks go to the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl for this week’s topic and for creating this meme.

The Trials of Apollo Series by Rick RiordanI fell in love with Riordan’s writing from reading the Percy Jackson series after having seen the movie (yes… the book is certainly better!). After that I was excited to try another series by this author, The Trials of Apollo, and was not disappointed!

Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief by Rick RiordanMy beginning in to the love that I currently have for Riordan’s writing. It’s fast paced, exciting and has just the right amount of mythology to spark and keep my interest!

The School for Good and Evil by Soman ChainaniI read this book as part of a tutoring program, to help a young teen read and gain interest in reading but was surprised to find myself immersed in the story along the way. I picked up on this series where the tutoring left off and devoured the rest of the series. This is good vs evil drama without all of the angst that usually is associated with books of this theme.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney I saw the movie and it pulled on my heart strings. I had to give the books a try after that. They’re so quick and easy to read – I was hooked!

The Treehouse Series by Andy GriffithsThis is another series I initially read for tutoring and was swept up in it’s whimsy, fun and The Faraway Tree vibes. I was obsessed with the Magic Faraway Tree as a kid and this has some serious links to that. It spurred on my sentimental heart and I fell in love with this series which felt like an extension of The Faraway books of my childhood.

Nevermoor by Jessica TownsendI loved the cover and blurb of this book when in the book shop. This is one of those perfect fantasy series that can be appreciated by children and adults alike. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should!

Star Wars Box SetI only discovered Star Wars in my early 20s by watching the movies (yes, I know I was waaaaaay behind the ball on this one) and loved them so much I decided to buy the children’s box set. It’s fun, easy to read and perfect for when you’re in the mood to escape current reality.

The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanYes, yet another Riordan book on my list but in my defence: they’re awesome. Carter and Sadie’s adventure was so thrilling to read and the story itself was full of sibling banter, whimsy, magic and featured a Goddess Cat. What more could you want??

The Ranger’s Apprentice Series by John FlanaganI found this series through a friend’s recommendation and was hooked from the very first chapter. Flanagan writes stories that remind me of Tamora Pierce’s writing. It’s a magical world full of brave characters, bows and arrows and exciting adventure.

Wonder by R J PalacioI watched Wonder the movie when it came out and was completely caught off guard by how emotional it made me. Picking up the book after that was a foregone conclusion and I loved it! Wonder is the perfect story to teach children that it’s okay to be different – and adults too it seems. This was a wholesome delight!

Have you read any of these? Do you also wish you’d had a chance to read them when you were younger??

26 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Wish Had Been Published When I was a Child

  1. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read ANY of these, but I have been wanting to try out Rick Riordan’s books for a long time. And considering how utterly obsessed I was with mythology as a kid (as the history teacher who had to read my 34 pages long paper on Ancient Egypt will testify to), I’m sure I would have adored his books back then.

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    • Oh, don’t be ashamed! There are so many books in this world and definitely not enough time to read them all – even the ones we’re keen to give a try πŸ˜€ Riordan’s work is fun to read though so I hope you enjoy it if you give it a go. Especially as you’re so keen on mythology (your poor teacher, haha) and these have a good dose of it. Happy reading Michelle πŸ™‚

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    • It is a bit sad that some of these weren’t published earlier but then again… we had some great series to grow up with (Lemony Snicket, HP, Nancy Drew etc.). Happy reading Evelyn! πŸ™‚

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  2. Ah I had a wonderful graphic novel of Return of the Jedi when I was a kid that I must’ve read a bazillion times. I think it was originally belonging to one of my brothers but I inherited it….or maybe borrowed it and then kept it for safe keeping in my bedroom because I was besotted with the ewoks in it πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • Ha, I think I’ve ‘borrowed’ some books like that too πŸ˜› Although mine were from my mum. My sibling doesn’t really enjoy reading (the HORROR). It’s still an issue I persistently try to fix! A GN version of Return of the Jedi would be awesome to read! I haven’t tried Star Wars GNs yet but there’s a lot of potential there. I’m going to see if I can find some πŸ™‚ Happy reading Emer!

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  3. Ooh yes, Nevermoor and Wonder FOR SURE! I absolutely loved both books and would’ve greatly appreciated them (still) had I read them in MG. I was deeply immersed in the HP world back in my MS days though! πŸ˜‚ I do feel like the selection of MG fiction are much better now than they were back in my day! Great post πŸ™‚

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed Nevermoor and Wonder, too πŸ™‚ I agree that MG books seem to be getting better and better, especially compared to when we were younger. Thanks Dini πŸ™‚

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  4. Great collection! I have only read Wonder, Percy Jackson and Star Wars series…. I am still 13,so I won’t say that it would have been good if these books would have been published in my childhood! Great list, just followed!

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