Hello everyone! I hope everyone’s doing okay so far. Thanks to quarantine, I’ve been able to plan blog posts that are a bit different from my usal ones because as you might know I rarely do book tags, reading challenges and even weekly memes because I tend to be a slow reader at the moment but I do enjoy making lists especially top x lists very much. So, I thought why not try out Top Ten Tuesday hosted by Jana (@ that artsy reader girl)? And, here I am but instead of 10 books (that was a bit too much for me) I decided to go with my usual Top 5 books which is even allowed
(yes, I checked). This weeks topic “Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child” really resonated with me and I think it’s a really interesting one to write about but to be honest, I found almost all the TTT topics I saw so far really appealing. Maybe this will be my new go-to blogpost…? (⇀‸↼)
1) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
For someone who is an absolute Alice in Wonderland fan ever since I saw the Disney adaption from 1951 (I also love the new Disney adaption) as a child I read the original work and story REALLY LATE and when I mean “really late” I mean last year. I loved everythig about it from the original illustrations
which were indeed creepy at times I’m not gonna lie to the way Lewis Carroll told this story and all the things that are not included in the movie adaptions. How come I have never read it as a child then? I have to confess that I believe that it’s only for the reason that I just never got to the point where I desperately wished for a copy of it.
2) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice was one of my first classics I read which wasn’t required school reading. I read it a couple of years ago and watched the movie adaption starring Keira Kneightley (yep, the one with the amazing scenery) and fell in love with Austen’s storytelling. While in the end this is about two people falling in love it’s also about getting to know people and it goes very well with the “be-cautious-about-first-impressions” and “never-judge-a-book-by-its-cover” kind of theme. The reason I put this one on the list is because I think I might have enjoyed this one and compared to many classics I had to read in school this one’s language is actually pretty easy to read and features a funny writing style Jane Austen is so famous for.
3) The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This one’s many people’s childhood favourite but somehow I never got to it as a child until … a couple of weeks ago (I know, I know what you think)!! But I really wish I did because while I did enjoy it and got the message I felt like I missed something of importance, something a child would understand differently. I don’t know what it is or if I’m imagining things. Either way I don’t feel nostalgia for this book for the reasons I mentioned which really is a pity because I think I would have loved this one as a child.
3) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
I don’t know if this one really counts because actually, I haven’t read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes yet which is a shame (I know!) especially if I think about how much I love mystery stories, riddles and all that kind of stuff. Currently, I am watching the tv show Sherlock (probably as the last person on earth and I do really feel guilty about it because it’s SO GOOD) and that has again made it very clear for me that I just can’t let this detective classic leave my radar. Are these stories good for a child? Well, I don’t know but I think I would have liked them because they are structured as short stories which makes them easy to read. (and they were originally written for a wider audience). I’ll have to reflect on that once I’ve read them…
5) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I’m actually really suprised about this one being on my list. Does that have something to do with the fact that in my English class we analysed this one to pieces for our exams? Probably. But you have to see admit that this one does feature many themes. To Kill a Mockingbird is full of wisdoms and most importantly it’s a coming of age story told through the eyes of a girl.
It doesn’t matter whether you are young or old – I believe you can learn quite a lot from it; about yourself, family, society and many other topics. And, I think that’s exactly what a book for a child should or can convey.
And, that’s it for now! I really enjoyed making this list and I do actually think about joining bookish weekly memes more often. I just realized that all of the books mentioned are classics /and or children’s classics… Is that a coincidence?