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Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child | Book Discussion

Hello, book lovers! 💕

So this was a topic from Top Ten Tuesday (created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and it has been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018), which I don’t really participate in since I don’t post on Tuesday’s. But I was interested in the topic and decided to do it anyway.

I don’t think I’ll necessarily list 10 books, mainly because I can’t think of that many books that I wish I had read as a child. The most I got was 8, so I’m going to go with that.

I also want to preface this by saying that most of these books didn’t necessarily come out when I was a child, but are books that I wish had come out at that time. Also, some of them I haven’t read, but have seen the movie. Some I haven’t read or watched, but would love to read one day, even as an adult. These are probably some that I’ll read to my children down the road.

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

I have the first couple books in this series, and I really wish I had read this as a child. I don’t even think I watched the movie all the way through. I know there is a Netflix series based on the books that came out a few years ago, but I haven’t watched it. I don’t think I would want to until I have at least read a couple of the books in this series first. This is definitely one that I would read as an adult, and has actually been one that I’ve been meaning to pick up. They’re short books, so I know I could fly through them.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I actually read this book when I was in high school I think. And it’s one that I wish I actually enjoyed at the time because there’s an extensive series that follows that I’ve heard really good things about. I feel like I might like it now that I’m older and can appreciate mythology a bit more. That was one of the reasons I didn’t continue on with the series when I was like 14. I wasn’t a big fan of Greek mythology. I really want to give this one a second chance at some point since I think I might enjoy the Greek mythology now.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

Obviously I have read this book. I feel like almost everyone in the world has read this book at this point. But I wish I had read it as a child rather than when I was in high school. It came out when I was like 4, but I got my first copy of the book when I was around 8. And I tried to read it. But somehow I convinced myself that I didn’t like the writing or something, so I only watched the movies. Eventually, I read the whole series, but I wish I had read the books before I had seen the movies.

And of course my kids are going to read this series. If not, I’ll read it to them.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I actually had read a few Roald Dahl books when I was a kid, like Matilda and The BFG (both I had to read in school), but this is one that I wish I had read before I watched the movie. I’ve heard that it’s a bit different from the movies; that it’s kind of dark.

I really enjoyed the movies (both the original one and the recent one), so I’m sure I would enjoy this book now as an adult. But I know this is probably one that I’ll read to my children down the road (when I get to that part of my life where I have children).

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

This series is really confusing in the fact that I don’t know which order to read them in. There’s the publication order, and then there’s the chronological order. I’m not sure if it matters or makes a difference in the overall story. That’s part of the reason I haven’t really picked it up.

But this is one that I wish that I had read as a child, and not just watch the movie. And while I enjoyed the movie, I wish I had read the book first to be able to see the differences.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

This book was so much fun and so magical when I read it, and even though it’s long, I wish I had read it when I was a child. I feel like I would have enjoyed it so much more if I had.

It reminds me of Harry Potter in the sense that the main character goes to a magical school. But that’s the extent of the similarities. The main character has to go through four trials that are difficult and, at times, dangerous. But it was a lot of fun watching the main character go on many adventures.

Wonder by RJ Palacio

This one has a really powerful message that I wish I learned as child. Though unfortunately it didn’t get published until I was almost out of high school. But I’m glad that I read it even as an adult. It’s one I feel like everyone should read at least once in their lives.

I do know that there is a movie adaptation of this book, but I haven’t seen it yet. But it’s definitely one that I want to get to at some point in the future.

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I haven’t read this book, not even as an adult, but it’s one that I’ve heard such good things about that I wish I had read it as a child. Honestly, I don’t know much about it. I do know that it sounds really fun and magical. And one that I feel like I might enjoy now even as an adult.

I know that there is a movie adaptation of it, so maybe one day I’ll read the book then watch the movie right after.


So there you have it. The books that I wish I had read when I was a child. They weren’t all necessarily ones that were published when I was a child, but ones that I wish were published then. Some I only watched the movie adaptations of, but I wish I had read the book first.

What are some books that you wish you read when you were a child? Were any of them the same as mine? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!

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