Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday

From the Broke and the Bookish this weeks topic is Books I Wish I had read when I was a kid...

Hmm, I'm pretty sure I won't get to ten.

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - this seems like one of those everyone knows the story, but few have read it books. That's my excuse at least.

2. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Pirates! Arrrgh!

3. The Hounds of the Baskervilles - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is too light in my reading history.

4. Journey to the Center of the Earth - Jules Verne. I have this at home. It seems like the kind of adventure story I would have more enjoyed as a boy than an adult.

5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Need to have a 'scary' book on the list.

6. Any of the Hardy Boys books. I like mysteries today, seems I would have liked these as a kid.

7. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. I read Huck Finn freshman year of college. It, too, should have been read when I was younger. What was wrong with my teachers?

I guess that will do it for now...


  1. I never read most of these when I was younger either. What were we reading in school? Great list!

  2. I was thinking about this...I don't remember much in the way of assigned reading in elementary school...I remember having to read and do book reports, but I think it was our choice. As a result, I read a lot of "Best halfbacks of the NFL" and a boat-load of Mickey Mantle biographies. In middle school, I remember sixth grade being assigned The Hobbit...seventh grade Johnny Tremain...eighth grade Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream and Taming of the Shrew. Most of the other assigned reading seemed to be short stories in our English text book. HS had a lot of assigned reading but it was getting more into "adult" books - though I did love the pieces we read of Beowulf and thing that would appeal to the kid too.

  3. +JMJ+

    Ooooh, classics!

    Robert Louis Stevenson is a writer I would have loved to have read as a child . . . if only because I kept trying and stopping with his books. =( I must have started Treasure Island three times before finally reading it from cover to cover (which I had to do because a boy I was tutoring at the time had been assigned to read it). I gave up on Kidnapped after two tries. =( But I'll probably get to it again in the future, as I know from my Treasure Island experience that I can finish a Stevenson novel!

  4. Alice and Treasure Island are both on my children's TBR list. They just don't know it yet...