Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child

This one was a fun topic to ruminate on. It brought back some fond memories along with a few (minor) regrets. Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for another great Top Ten Tuesday pick!


Pete’s Five

Harry Potter 5 through 7 by J. K. Rowling

I’ll never entirely understand why I stopped after The Goblet of Fire—it had something to do with everybody else getting into the series. I managed to get past that and reread the whole series in college, but I missed out on a cultural touchstone as it was happening.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

I fell out of reading for a spell in middle school, and it wasn’t until I discovered modern fantasy that I was hooked again. I think this would have been the perfect book to start my imagination back up again.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Maybe I couldn’t have handled the unabridged version, but I wish I had read at least the abridged version when I was younger. 

Anything by John Green

The Catcher and the Rye was one of my favorite books in high school—and I feel like I would have connected with Green’s books similarly. 

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I feel like I put this one on almost every Top Ten Tuesday list, but it always seems to work. This would have been a great pick for middle-school Pete.


Indiana’s Five 

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

I started this one when I was a kid and somehow didn’t finish it until last year. Since then I’ve read the entire series. 

A Wrinkle in Time quintet by Madeleine L’Engle

I read the first but none of the others in the series. Such a waste. 

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

My family watched the movie when I was a child, but I didn’t read the book until last year, when I also watched the Greta Gerwig adaptation. Spoiler alert: It’s fantastic. 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 

The cover always freaked me out when I was a child so I didn’t pick it up until I was older. 

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery For some reason I remember reading Emily of New Moon but not this beloved children’s classic.

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