Jun 5, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I wish I Read as a Kid/Teen

For this week's Top Ten Tuesday Rewind, I'm choosing Books I wish I read as a kid and/or teen.  Throughout the past two years of library school, I've come across so many books that I know I would have loved when I was younger.  

Top Ten Books I wish I Read as a Kid/Teen

1) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
The antisocial/wallflower high schooler that I was would have adored this novel.  The ending twist still surprises me when I reread the novel; if you haven't read it yet, definitely check it out before you see the movie. I actually can't wait for it to come out later this year.  Emma Watson looks amazing. 

2) Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
I would have been obsessed with this series if I had heard about it as a child.  I can't believe I didn't hear about it until I started library school.  I say it all the time, but librarians know what they're talking about when they recommend books.

3) Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine
I didn't know the movie was based on a book until library school.  I don't know how this happened.  Maybe my brain locked that information out like it did with the fact that Carolyn Keene isn't a real person (also learned in library school and my world came crashing down).

4) The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), by Ellen Raskin
I adore The Westing Game, Raskin's best work, and consider it one of my all-time favorites.  I don't like this book as much, but I was still captivated by all the word play and puzzles and I know that I would have found it hilarious had I read it around the same time as The Westing Game.  

5) Weetzie Bat, by Francesca Lia Block
I'm not a huge fan of this series now, but had I read it as a pre-teen/teen I would have eaten it up.  

6) Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan
I've always been pro-gay rights, but I never really read anything that featured any prominent gay characters pr gay storylines, and I would have loved this book.

7) Boy, by Roald Dahl
I loved (and still love) Dahl's books and it would have been just as fun as a child to see the parallels between his life and his stories.

8) The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
I realize this didn't come out until after I was a kid, but I do wish I had read the series earlier rather than just starting it last week.  I've always loved Greek mythology and I think it's clever how it's injected into a modern setting.

9) The Series of Unfortunate Events, by Lemony Snickett
I've only recently started to read past book one of the series.  I loved the first installment, which I read numerous times when I was younger.  I don't really know why I never continued; maybe I was too caught up in waiting for Harry Potter books to come out.  

10) Emma, by Jane Austen
Only so I could have freaked out about the Clueless genius so much earlier.  


  1. I hadn't seen the trailer! thanks for sharing. I'm so excited to see it :)
    my ttt; http://booknookgirl.blogspot.com/2012/06/top-ten-tuesday-any-topic.html

  2. I wish they had so much variety around when I was a teenager!

  3. I love your list! Ella Enchanted literally made my childhood. I am so glad I found it as a child - and that I didn't discover it after first watching that godawful movie.

    1. I didn't mind the movie, but now that I know it's a book and have read the book, I can see how it pales in comparison.

  4. I'm sure I would have LOVED to have read Emma. I was a huge fan of the movie growing up. I still watch it when it comes on TV.
    Book Sniffers Anonymous

    1. I've never seen the movie, unless Clueless counts! =)

  5. I love your list! I wish the Olivia books had been around when I was little. :)

  6. Gah, I submitted my first comment too soon! I just wanted to say that I really like your blog! I'm headed off to library school in the fall at UT Austin, so I'm really excited to read about another library student's experiences.

    1. Aw thanks! And congrats on library school!! I think it's a lot of fun. What will you be studying??