I’m not doing Modern Mrs Darcy’s Reading Challenge but one of her categories “books ‘everyone’ has read but you” made me think of books I missed as a child. I read quite a lot growing up but I had no one to guide my reading choices so I ended reading a lot of Sweet Valley books, Christopher Pike and who knows what else. I did manage somehow to find great books like Island of the Blue Dolphins, Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, A Little Princess and The Black Cauldron. I do regret not reading “better” books as a child but I’m determined that my children will have access to a wider range of books. I don’t mind some “fluffier” reading mixed in but I’d like to encourage my kids to read great books as well. Here are some books that I missed as a child some of which I have read as an adult.
This book is actually the one Modern Mrs Darcy chose for her reading challenge. I know that I read at least half of the book before giving up on it. The movie is one of my favourites so I have no reason not to finish it. I was probably in Junior High at the time and couldn’t connect with the characters. A few years ago, I read Geraldine Brook’s March which follows the story of the father as he goes off to fight in the South. I really enjoyed that book so there’s no excuse for me not to pick this one up again!
Anything by E. Nesbit
It is only in the last few years that I have only heard of E. Nesbit and her books. For some reason she was nowhere on my radar. I haven’t the slightest idea where to start with her books so any recommendations would be much appreciated!
Any of the Narnia Books (except for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
I somehow have only read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. And I loved it but could never connect with the other books in the series. This summer my son listened to Prince Caspian so I have heard most of it but again it did not resonate with me. I’m hoping to sit and read the whole series with my son. Hopefully at some point I will love these books as everyone else in the world does!
The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
I remember my brother reading Lord of the Rings when I was growing but I paid no attention to them until the movies came out a few years ago. I loved the movies and decided to try and read these somewhat intimidating books. Thankfully once I got past the first few chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring I was hooked. I’m sad that I missed out on these when I was younger but glad that I appreciated them for their amazing richness of language and imagery when I finally did read them as an adult. Unfortunately, I read Lord of the Rings before the Hobbit and it fell flat for me. Hopefully, rereading it with my son will help me to see it through his eyes and enjoy it more this time.
Are there any books you missed reading as a child?