Tuesday, May 5, 2020

TTT: Last Week's Topic! (Books I Would Have Loved as a Kid)

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The topic this week is: Things I’d Have at My Bookish Party.

And I honestly just don't know. Books and cookies and comfy chairs. So instead, I'm going back to  I last week's topic, which wasTop Ten Books I Wish I’d Read As a Child

Which is kind of tricky. I read a ton as a kid. I don't know that I missed much of what was available at the time. Plenty of great books have come out since then--I'm thinking of everything from Holes (1998) to Look Both Ways (2019). But I'm okay with having read them later in life.  So this list will be a bit of a chaotic mess, which seems only appropriate in May, 2020, right?

A Few Books I Did Somehow Miss
These are great books that existed when I was a kid, but that I didn't read until sometime after that point.
  • The Dark is Rising series 
    • I got these for my nephew when I was in college and thought it was a new series. Nope! It came out in the 70s!
  • The Princess Bride
    • Didn't know it was a book until long after I saw the movie, though my older sisters say they remember reading it before then.
  • Chrestomanci stories by Diana Wynn Jones
    • Another author I thought was more from my nieces and nephew's generation, but it turns out she started publishing in the 70s too. 
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School
    • I didn't hear about these until I was teaching middle school in the late 90s, but it turns out he started writing them in, yes, the 70s.
Over Sea, Under Stone

A Few Books I Missed the Window On
There are some books published after my childhood that I would have loved when I was a kid, but are just "meh" for me now. Talking animal books, for the most part. But despite what C. S. Lewis said, I think there are some books that are more enjoyable for children that are still good books. Here are some I think I would have LOVED as a kid, if they'd been available then, but haven't been able to get into as an adult. Yet.

  • The Redwall series
    • Another one my sisters' kids adored! 
  • The Tale of Despereaux
  • Junie B. Jones series
    • My impression is that she's a modern-day Ramona Quimby, and who doesn't love Ramona?
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities
    • My OBOB girls are obsessed with this series, and I feel so bad because I just can't get myself to read them. I slogged through the first two, and I probably would have been equally enthralled at their age. But it was long ago, so I was enthralled with Dragonsong and Agatha Christie.
Redwall (Redwall, #1)

Current Books We Had Nothing Like
For realistic stories, we had Judy Blume and Paula Danziger. For books that did not only feature white, straight, middle class, able bodied characters we had Mildred Taylor and, um, not much else, frankly. There is so much more honesty and representation in books today, even though there is so much more ground to be made up.

  • Maybe He Just Likes You
    • I don't know if I've EVER read a book, for ANY age level, that does such a great job at deconstructing what it is to be objectified and then shamed for it.
  • The Crossover
    • Not only would I have loved novels in verse as a kid, to read about black boys living joyful lives would have been amazing. Plus, my mom had heart issues, and I would have related the heck out of their dad's storyline.
  • Pet
    • A book! Set in future Africa! That addresses child abuse! And our responsibilities to each other! With wildly diverse families! And an African girl saving the day!
  • Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
    • There were, by careful counting, ZERO books that featured LGBQTIA+ characters when I was a kid. None.
  • New Kid
    • The closest thing there was to graphic novels when I was a kid was Tin-Tin. 
New Kid (New Kid, #1)

Now I'm off to see what everyone else came up with for their bookish parties. 


  1. *flails* The Dark is Rising series! OMG, you are the first person in forever to mention that -- it's my favourite series!! Did you/ your nephew enjoy it?!

  2. I didn't know The Princess Bride was a book first until years later either!

    My TTT .

  3. I am not surprised that there were no children's book with LGBTQIA+ characters when we were kids. It was monumental, when TV shows featured LGBTQIA characters, and back then, it was really on LG, let's be honest.

  4. The book party post was so hard! I’ve never worked so hard on a blog post that’s completely irrelevant to modern times. My sister read Redwall when we were kids. I read a few of them but never really got into the series.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  5. Oh my gosh, I read The Dark Is Rising Sequence as a kid, and that was my favorite series! I still remember the poems from it, because I'd read them so much that I'd memorized them. xD I've been meaning to do a re-read of the series one of these days.

    I had no exposure to diversity in books, really, when I was a kid, and I would've loved to have seen more characters that looked something like me, for sure. And I love that graphic novels are now a thing!

    Here's my TTT post.

  6. I love the categories you split these into. Such great lists! I am so glad books exist nowadays that wouldn't have been possible when we were young.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  7. Shockingly, I didn't read much as a kid. I know I would have loved The Princess Bride though.

    And I LOVED Ivy Aberdeen.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  8. I never have read the Princess Bride and I don't think I even knew for a while that it was a book. I should give it a shot actually.

    Redwall seems like it would be a lot of fun.


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