Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Top Ten Books I Wish I'd Read as a Kid
1. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl is a really spunky heroine, and would have been an amazing inspiration to my eleven-year-old self. She knew exactly who she was, and she was true to herself without caring what other people thought.
2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Another heroine I could've learned a lot from as a kid. Like Stargirl, Jane knows exactly who she is, and fights for what she thinks is right. Also, I could've used a little Bronte when I was a kid, since my reading diet consisted mostly of Goosebumps books.
3. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
I love, love, love this book, and I think it would've been a great experience if I read it at eleven, the same age as Liesel Meminger in the book.
4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
I loved the animated series when I was a kid. Too bad I still haven't read the books.
5. Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster
6. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
This book was featured in a children's magazine when I was in elementary school, and I agonized about getting a copy for months. I finally found a copy at a secondhand bookstore last week, almost a decade later. Fate works in mysterious ways sometimes.
7. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I was gigantic fan of the Disney film. Don't tell anybody, but I used to watch it everyday when I was little. I have a feeling I would have enjoyed the book more.
8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Again, my reading diet was composed of mostly Goosebumps books, and Treasure Island would have brought something completely different to the table.
9. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
This book made me realize that I could really make a living from writing, and that I wasn't the only kid in the world scribbling stories on scraps of paper. On Writing told me I wasn't alone, and turned me into a major Stephen King fan. I only wish I got my hands on it when I was younger.
10. The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
I've only read The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but this feels like a wonderful series to grow up with.