Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Top 10 books we wish we'd read as kids

The question: Top 10 books we wish we’d read as kids.

The list:
We tried to write something wildly funny about each of our top ten choices, but kept falling into the same rut.  As it turns out, there’re only so many ways to state that we really, really enjoyed these books as adults and wished we could have experienced them at a younger age.  As new(er) parents, our hope is that these same novels don’t appear anywhere near our children’s future Top 10 books they wished they’d read as kids.    

  1. The Harry Potter series
  2. Peter Pan
  3. Anne of Green Gables
  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  5. The Secret Garden
  6. Matilda
  7. The Neverending Story
  8. Dragon Rider
  9. Swallows and Amazons
  10. A Series of Unfortunate Events          

Head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to join the fun!


  1. I read a lot of these as a teenager. I did read Anne of Green Gables as a kid and LOVED it. I also loved the movies. :)

  2. Oh yeah, I was going to put Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on m list, too but then I wasn't sure of the publication date. I think I'll mentally put it on my list since I think Roald Dahl is so talented.


  3. Yep...you should have read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! ;)

  4. Artemis Fowl doesn't really make my top ten either. But considering the character, i think i would've found this book comforting when i was younger.

  5. here's mine http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/01/top-ten-tuesday-top-10-best-debut-books.html

  6. I had the same problem with comments on my choices this week. The subject says it all, really. I read a few of these as a kid, but I do wish JK Rowling had started writing Harry Potter a few years earlier so I could have joined the ride.

  7. The Neverending Story movie scared me to death as a child--I definitely would have never thought of picking up the book to read :)

  8. +JMJ+

    I had to smile at your last comment in your introduction. Despite the best efforts of bibliophile parents, there will probably always be a list like this one day. But you're right that it will at least not include the books on the parent's list! =)

    The Neverending Story is on my list, too. =)