Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Books I Wish I’d Read as a Child
When I saw this topic I thought I was really going to struggle but it turns out that this list filled up very quickly.
1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Didn’t go anywhere near Tolkien until I was towards the end of my teens.
2. The Little Prince/Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I came to this book whilst learning French but I would have loved to appreciate this book during childhood.
3. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I watched the film as a child but never read the book (and still haven’t…)
4. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
Same as above…
5. The Borrowers by Mary Norton
And again. Honestly I feel like this theme dominated my childhood…
6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
One of my favourite Disney films and never even knew it was a book until I was in my teens.
7. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Same story as with Peter Pan.
8. The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton
As I kid I was far too busy with the Rainbow Magic Fairies/Animal Ark/Magic Pony books. Goosebumps was another popular series when I was little and then, on top of all of that, the Harry Potter series was being released throughout my childhood. So with all that exciting children’s book publishing going on, I couldn’t think of anything worse than picking some ‘ancient’ books instead. I really regret that now…
9. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Unfortunately this is another story of not knowing these even existed until after the film…
10. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
Film again…This was a film I watched time and time again with my grandma. Never knew it was a book first, still haven’t read it…
I blame this on my parents and my family not reading. 😂 Ever. They are big cinema buffs though, as you might be able to tell.