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 Riordan – I 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 Riordan – My 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 Chainani – I 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 Griffiths – This 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 Townsend – I 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 Set – I 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 Riordan – Yes, 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 Flanagan – I 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 Palacio – I 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??