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

Hello dear readers! It’s Tuesday so it’s TTT time! This week’s topic is Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child. Which is a lot of books, because you see, I grew up in a tiny town in Serbia. We did have a town library, but it was tiny and outdated, so there wasn’t much choice to start with. And the interesting books they did have, well, they were constantly being taken out. A bookstore you say? We didn’t have that sir. So, what I read and didn’t read depended on the aforementioned library. I have missed, and I’ve missed a lot. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by That Artsy Reader Girl, and every Tuesday there is a different themed post of top 10 things.


1. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis

Chronicles of Narnia

This is my biggest regret. I wish I’d read Narnia at the same age I read Harry Potter, because I feel that would be the perfect time, and I’d probably start reading epic fantasy much sooner as a result. I did watch the movies, but I was already a teen by then and my teen taste was already formed.

2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

A Series of Unfortunate Events

If I’d read these as a child, I think they’d offer a totally different experience. I feel I missed out as I’m only reading these now and I’m approaching them more strictly and analytically than I would as a kid. They’re still funny but I know I missed a whole experience.

3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

I don’t even know if it makes sense for me to read this now? It’s a classic so it’s probably worth it, but I feel this is written for young kids exclusively. My adult brain just wouldn’t get it in the same way. I’m saying this because I tried to watch the movie, and… no.

4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B.White

Charlotte's Web

Oh stories like these were what I was craving as a kid! I loved animals and I read Aesop’s fables all the time. I spent several summers as a child on my grandfather’s village farm, racing around chickens and pigs and I felt a real connection with animals, so a story like this would have definitely been my favorite back then.

5. Roald Dahl’s books


I was introduced to these stories through movies, some as a kid like Matilda and The Witches, and some much later. I’ve only read a few of Dahl’s books in recent years, and I think these would be a significant part of my childhood if I had access to them.

6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden

Another classic I missed out on. I haven’t read it yet, but I will! It would have made my childhood so much better if I’d read it sooner grrr! Serbian publishers ruining childhoods since Yugoslavia.

7. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

I haven’t even heard of Peter until recently! This seems like something for really young kids, and I’m not sure if I’d enjoy it now, but I’ll make sure my nieces and nephews do!

8. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables

This seems like a treasured book for many people my age, but I haven’t read it yet. Should I? I don’t know if I’d appreciate as a child would, as I’m craving more adult and complex stories now.

9. Dr. Seuss’s books

The Lorax

Same as Dahl’s books, except these are probably written for even younger kids and there’s no sense in reading them now. I loved The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who animated movies, and I was legitimately freaked out with the Cat in the Hat movie.

10. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows

This is something I still plan to read and I think I’ll love, but I even somehow managed to avoid the movies and not hear about it until my early 20’s.


Now you’re probably wondering what I did read as a kid, right? Well, I mainly read the classic fairy tales and fables, and then in elementary school I was introduced to Alice in Wonderland, Black Beauty, Robinson Crusoe and some other classics, but we mainly read Serbian books which I mostly hated with a few exceptions. I dug up a 1960’s copy of Little Women on my grandma’s shelf so that was my ultimate favorite until I read The Hobbit and Harry Potter around 2001 when I was 10/11. Other than that, I loved browsing encyclopedias and reading mythology books, I especially loved Greek mythology and knew all the Gods. I guess I did have a fulfilled and happy childhood with what I had and I shouldn’t complain because many kids didn’t even have half of that. *embarrassed*

Which were your childhood favorites, and which books you missed out on? Do you still plan to read them or do you think it’s too late for that? Let me know in the comments and have a great week! ❤

6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

  1. A wonderful list! I do suggest reading Anne of Green Gables, even if it might seem a bit childish at this age 🙂 I think these stories (such as Little Women and Emily of New Moon) are timeless and they still carry joy even at later stages. Have you read any Jane Austen novels? I think you might enjoy them. My favorites are “Pride and Prejudice” and “Persuasion”


  2. I haven’t read all of these but the ones I have (Narnia, Charlotte’s Web, Matilda, The Secret Garden, pretty much all of Beatrix Potter) I read as a child! But then I think there are almost ‘English/ British childhood staples’ or at least they were when I was little!

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  3. Great list! A Series of Unfortunate Events and Anne of Green Gables made my list this week, too. I didn’t read The Secret Garden until I was at university and still loved it – the ’90s film adaptation is lovely, too. 😀

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