Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

Hope everyone is doing well! Top Ten Tuesday is a book tag created by The Broke and the Bookish and hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader. This week’s prompt is “Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child”. I love this prompt and I’ve read a lot of great middle grade books in my adulthood!

1. Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud

As a kid, I loved to read ghost stories. (Mary Downing Hahn was one of my favorites.) The entire Lockwood & Co series – about kid ghost hunters – is something I loved as an adult and would have devoured as a kid.

2. Endling series by Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate’s Endling series has a cute and endearing cast of characters, with a dash of animal/nature conservation. As a kid who loved animals, I would have adored this series.

2. The Murderous Ape by Jakob Wegelius

Jakob Wegelius’ The Murderer’s Ape has travel, adventure, a brilliant cast of characters and gorgeous illustrations. This definitely would have been a fave!

3. The Green Ember by S.D. Smith

The Green Ember series is a highly underrated series, an adventure tale like the Hobbit with rabbits as characters.

4. The School of Good and Evil series by Soman Chainani

The School of Good and Evil by Soman Chainani is a funny, light-hearted fantasy read that I really would have liked as a kid.

5. Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

I love the push for diverse books in YA and Middle grade genres. This one combining space and Korean mythology is really fun!

6. Aru Shah series by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the End of Time is a fun romp through Indian mythology. While the second book was a little too pop-culture heavy for my taste, I really enjoyed the first book and look forward to the final book in the series.

7. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl is one of those series like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and A Series of Unfortunate Events that marks a generation. Like Spy Kids meets Fantasy, these books are so fun to read!

8. Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

I really loved this spooky Middle Grade book by Katherine Arden. It reminds me of the Goosebumps series I devoured as a kid.

9. Minor Mage by T. Kingfisher

Minor Mage was a quiet little book, but I loved the main character and his armadillo familiar.

10. Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

I love Jonathan Auxier’s books. This one about a London chimney sweep and her Monster was really heart-warming.


Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What books would you have loved as a kid?

Stay Safe and Healthy,

10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Had Read As a Child

      1. You totally should! They’re a light, easy read, but full of wonderful little capers. But you’ve got to commit, there’s 56 books in the series. XD


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