Top Three Thursdays #17 – Books I Wish I Grew Up With

Hello and welcome! This is my weekly series, Top Three Thursdays, or, for convenience, TTT. Every week I discuss my top three in any bookish topic. If you’d like to participate, write up a post on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments below.

The topic for today (29/06/17) is: Books I Wish I Grew Up With

With the recent celebration of 20 Years of Harry Potter, I began to think about books I wish I’d read as a child. I was introduced to the series pretty late (in 2007, around the time The Deathly Hallows book came out) and I feel like I’d have enjoyed it better if I’d started it when I was younger. Although I picked up The Chronicles of Narnia in fourth grade, Harry Potter in seventh grade and Percy Jackson in eighth grade, here are some other well-known children’s series I want to go back in time and read (Since that’s still not possible, I’m going to coerce my kids to read them while growing up, if I ever have any).

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

This is a popular series for children that I’d heard about in fifth grade, but the books were unavailable, I believe. Or maybe the title didn’t appeal to me. Whatever the reason, now I feel like it’s too late and I won’t appreciate it at 22. I do badly want to watch the Netflix TV adaptation, so I plan to read the series at some point this year.

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

This could’ve been a series that defined me in my childhood, but alas, it was not to be. I feel like I had a vague idea about its existence (my memory is hazy, forgive me), but it is only recently that I got to know that it’s a children’s classic. I felt really sad about that because I presume I’d have seen a bit of myself Anne Shirley’s character.

3. Children’s Books by Roald Dahl

I’m not naming any particular book for this one because he’s written numerous favourites such as Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I believe that these books are best enjoyed somewhere in the ages of 8-11. But did I bother to read these books then? Of course not. I seem to remember my school library stocking his books, but I just didn’t spare them a single glance. Lo and behold, I’ve grown up to regret that choice now.


What are some of the books you wish you’d read as a kid? Are any on my list on yours as well? Do you think I could enjoy these books even now or has the ship already sailed? Let me know in the comments section below.

Announcement: July is Harry Potter Month on my blog! Look out for Butterbeer-flavoured posts on every Saturday next month. This is to celebrate 20 years of the enduring magic that J. K. Rowling has brought into the world. I hope you can join in to discuss this bestselling series with me here on Unputdownable Books.

3 thoughts on “Top Three Thursdays #17 – Books I Wish I Grew Up With

  1. This is a great topic! I read some of the Harry Potter books as a kid but didn’t go back to them until high school. I enjoyed them but I was a fan of the movies by then so I don’t know how much that influenced me.

    I really think you’ll enjoy A Series of Unfortunate Events! I read some of them as a kid but with how dark that series is, I really think it’s an adult series masquerading as children’s books. Did you ever see the movie?

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    1. It was wonderful to know your Harry Potter story! 🙂 I haven’t watched the movie, but I have the episodes of the Netflix show. There are only eight of them and the books look thin, so I want to get through them quickly so I can clear it off my to-read and to-watch lists.
      Have you seen the movie? I’ve heard that fans didn’t quite enjoy it and that the TV show is a more faithful adaptation.

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      1. I did see the movie and I think people’s main problem with it may have been that they combined three books into one movie. I’m not really a huge fan so I didn’t have major problems with it, but I have heard that people enjoyed the TV show much more

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