Top Ten Tuesday: Books that I Wish I’d Read as a Child

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is books that I wish I’d read as a child. Here are my choices:

  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

I read The Lightning Thief as an adult and I really enjoyed it. However, I can just imagine how much more exciting it would have been to read when I was younger. I have seen schools read The Lightning Thief and do parties to celebrate reading it, which I think would have been a lot of fun to do when I was in school.

  • Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt
A Date with Darcy (Bookish Boyfriends, #1)

I read this book recently, but it was only an average read for me. This book leans towards younger YA, which isn’t really my cup of tea anymore. However, like I mentioned in my review, I think that I would have enjoyed this book if I was more in the target audience. Looking at all the elements of the story, there was a lot in this book that I would have enjoyed if I read it when I was in middle school or early high school.

  • 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon
10 Things I Hate About Pinky (Dimple and Rishi, #3)

Like with Bookish Boyfriends, I think that I would have enjoyed this book more if I read it earlier in my life. While there have been books in this companion series that I really enjoyed, this book skews the youngest out of the three, in my opinion. In this book, there’s a lot of younger teenage drama that I can understand, but I don’t relate to anymore. As I mentioned in my review, I think that I would have enjoyed that aspect of the plot more when I was in middle school or early high school.

  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Wonder (Wonder, #1)

I read Wonder as an adult, and while I enjoyed it, I would have loved reading it in elementary school like so many kids get to do now. I love all of the lessons that can go along with this book and it has such an important message for kids to hear.

  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)

I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid as an adult. It was an average read for me, but I wonder if I would have been more into it if it came out when I was a kid. I like seeing trends, especially in middle grade books and series, because I always wonder if I would have bought into the hype like I did with The Babysitter’s Club and Pony Pals.

  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1)

If you asked second grade Brittany if she would ever read this, then she would probably say, “Ew! Gross!” I remember seeing all the boys in my class love this book and thinking they were so gross because the main character was wearing underwear and there were bathroom words in the title. I actually have read this book as an adult and now I can see why so many people like them when I was younger, especially seeing how many of the ideas in the book came from the author’s own ideas when he was in elementary school.

  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Story of Ferdinand

This is such a popular children’s story, but I never heard of it until the move came out a couple of years ago. This story is so cute and I know that I would have loved it as a child!

  • Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot
Moving Day (Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls, #1)

I was a huge fan of Meg Cabot’s writing in high school, but this middle grade series came out when I was already an adult. This book series is funny no matter what age you are, so I know that I would have read every book in this series if I read them as a child.

  • Jessica Darling’s It List by Megan McCafferty
Jessica Darling's It List: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness & Perfection

When I was younger, the young adult version of this series was very popular. Although it was very hyped, I never could get through the first book. Then, I saw the middle grades series and gave it a try. I thought this book was hilarious as an adult, but it also has some great messages that would have been good for me to read in middle school. I also highly recommend the movie version of this book, which I believe is on Netflix.

What books do you wish you would have read as a child?

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