Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
This is my first Top Ten Tuesday to participate it in and I love the topic! I worked as a circulation clerk at my local library for several years and I saw a lot of books that I wish I had read when I was younger come through. I've managed to read some of them as an adult, but there are still a few that I haven't read yet.
1. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. I've tried to pick up these books in the last few years, but I just can't get into them. I've watched the movies and I've read some of C.S. Lewis's other works, but Narnia doesn't hold me. I think if I had read them as a child I would have really enjoyed them.
2. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls. I never read the books or watched the TV series. I kind of feel like I missed out on a piece of Americana.
3. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene. I was more of a Baby-Sitter's Club girl who dangled in Sweet Valley occasionally then a teenage sleuth. I recently watched the movie starring Emma Roberts and I thought it was a cute movie. My grandmother talks about reading these books as a young girl. I might look into picking up a Nancy Drew book or two soon.
4. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This looks like such a cute book and it's been in the back of my mind to read it for a while. I think they even have a movie now?
5. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I'm not even sure how I missed this one, as I loved the animated video and the series. This is such a fun story and perfect for little girls (I'm thinking now that if might become birthday presents for some of my cousins). I also always wanted a pair of those crazy tights she wore. :)
6. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Truthfully, I did try reading this series after I finished The Hobbit. But in the time when a new Harry Potter was actually an option, Tolkien's use of language and his fantasy land just didn't appeal to me. I think I made it through the first chapter before I quite reading it. I wish I had been able to finish it, though. It's such a classic.
7. Chocolate War by Robert Corimer. I remember seeing this on the shelf at the small public library I would go to with my grandmother during the summers I stayed with her. But I never picked it up because I didn't want to read about this topic. Given the choice to read about the magic of Ella Enchanted or the heavier topic found in Chocolate War, I went with the magic. I think that the Chocolate War would be a good addition to my 2011 reading list.
8. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss. This is the only book that my husband claims to have read as a child---and I don't have a clue what it is about. So much for a book talk with him.
9. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.
10. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Both 9 and 10 are such classics. I really wish I had read a more diverse group of books as a child, including Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland. I almost feel if I were to pick them up now I wouldn't grasp them well--I would have a "this-is-how-it-happens" reel going through my head (Thank you Disney).