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).
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.
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.