We’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: books I wish I read as a child. But I don’t know.. I’m not really feeling that prompt right now. So I’m going to twist it up a bit and look at books I read as a child (kid/tween/teen) that I want to read again as an adult!
I read quite a bit as a kid in elementary school, really enjoyed my humanities classes in middle school and basically almost moved into the library in high school. The sad thing is though, I don’t really remember a lot about the books I read. I remember which ones I enjoyed but if you asked me what they were about… Well, I’d be (mostly) hard pressed to tell you 😂 So I’d love to try re-reading some of these and seeing what I’d think of them now as an adult!
The House on Mango Street. I’ve mentioned this book a few times before because I still remember how this book made me feel and how it made me want to try writing, but I don’t remember much of the story itself. Keen to refresh my memory!
Where the Sidewalk Ends. I loved Shel Silverstein and I remember checking this book out so many times in ES. I think this book (along with his others) definitely need to be added to my physical bookshelf. They’re classics!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This was a favourite that I read many times so I guess I do remember a lot of it still 😂 But there’s just something about this book that filled me up with warmth, hope and happiness. I want to see if it can still do that now!
The Princess Diaries. I was obsessed with this series after watching the movie for the first time. I still love the movie but I forgot about the books and I’m not even sure I finished the series. They also had really cute covers!
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Actually, I want to re-read the whole series. I remember checking out this book from the library quite a few times in ES, but I also remember reading a few of the others, although their stories completely slipped my mind.
Night. Pretty sure I read this in class for year 8 and while I can’t remember it 100% I’m sure that this is one of the books that sparked my fascination and love for book written during this period. Never fails to make me emotional AF.
Gossip Girl. I was reading GG way before the show was even a thing and oh man, this was another one that made me feel a bit cheeky reading it because there was so much mention of sex, drugs etc. It would’ve defo been a book my parents wouldn’t have let me read (if they actually saw what books I read)! 😂
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. I’m quite sure I’ll hate this book if I re-read it again but I’m so curious to remember how it was written. I felt so cheeky reading a book that mentioned thongs and snogging on the cover (I can’t remember what year I was in)! 🤣 Oh, youth!
Things Fall Apart. Read this in class and the title rings all the bells but I can’t for the life of me remember the content! I came across my brother’s copy from year 9 that he never returned 🙄 so I might just take it back with me next time I visit Jakarta.
Speak. I think I read this when I was in Year 10 or 11 and I remember it left me feeling shaken. I had never read a book like this before that was so raw and sexually explicit and about this topic too. I think I’d like to get my hands on the graphic novel.
Did you read any of these titles when you were a kid/teen? Are there any books that you would like to re-read as an adult?