This week I’ve decided to take part in ‘Top Ten Tuesday’ again hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is ‘books I wish I had read as a child’. I’m going to slightly expand this list to include books I wish had read as a teenager and as a child!
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
I know, I know, it’s kind of a reading sin that I haven’t finished this series yet! I think I read the first two books and I remember enjoying them but I’m not sure why I never carried on with the rest of the series! I definitely want to read this whole series and I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, but I wish I had read them as a kid when everyone else did so I could join in discussions and also have that experience as a child.
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I was so excited for this book last year and even preorded a signed edition because I was that confident I was going to love it – and then I didn’t and I know exactly why this was a disappointing read for me. As I’ve got older my reading tastes have changed and all the things I wanted this novel to be about were glossed over or rushed through, and all the things I would have loved reading at 13 or 14 were heavily focused on. So I wish I had read this as a young teenager – I’m sure it would have been one of my favourites!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
I can’t remember how old I was exactly when I read this, I think I may have been sixteen but even then I remember hating it. It was so cheesy and I hated the protagonist – especially her name, god it’s so stupid! I was left feeling really disappointed because everyone else seemed to love it, and I know if I had read this when I was 12 during the final days of my Twilight phase I would have adored this too.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I read this when I was 19 and it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t really enjoy any of the characters or the cheesy plot line. However, I know if I had read this when I was about 14 or 15 I probably would have loved it. It had cute romances and love interests YA readers seem to go crazy over, and as a young teenager I probably would have felt the same way.
Magyk by Angie Sage
Okay so this is a little embarrassing, but I only picked this book up because when I was eleven the guy I fancied loved this series so I read the first book. It’s a bit cringy looking back but oh well. The truth is though I really enjoyed the first book in the series and I wish I had carried on with the rest – I think I stopped reading when I realised he had a crush on a different girl. I’m not sure whether or not I should try the rest of the series or not or let this book be a distant memory of schoolyard heartbreak.
Are there any books here you guys wish you would have read as a child? Or have any of your ever read a book for a crush like me? (Be honest!)