This week’s TTT brings us 10 books from my childhood/teenhood that I would love to revisit. The thing is with most of these, I would love to revisit, but I don’t think I will, because I’m afraid that I won’t like them anymore, and they are best left in the past. Perhaps, if I have children, I’ll revisit them that way.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events – I hardly remember what happened in them, but I know that I loved them at the time.
- Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden – this is a series that I definitely DO want to revisit, because it was just so good! As I’ve said before, probably kickstarted my love of survival books
- The Chronicles of Narnia – another series which I read all of the books, but I hardly remember anything at all, and I think in the end I got a little bored of the series. But would be interesting to revisit.
- Chasing Rainbows by Lucinda Haslinger – now this is a really random book, which I just remember vividly from my childhood. It was about a blind boy, who used measurements of fruit/vegetables to navigate his way around the world. I’ve searched desperately to find the book over the last few years, but no success (if you can find it, I’d love for you to let me know). Probably not a very good book, but it’s just one of those one’s which has stuck with me.
- Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, this is another book/series which I remember well (when I say that, I remember reading, not the details per se). Recommended to me by my primary school librarian, it was a very interesting book, especially for a ~10 year old. Made me think quite a lot, and I wonder what I would think of it now. It is one of those spiritual, environmental, societal lecture books, which is told through a talking ape. Yeah, as much as I want to read it again, I also don’t. (There are certainly a lot of negative reviews on Goodreads, thrown in with ‘lifechanging’ ones too)
- Hachet by Gary Paulsen, another survival book/series (so many SERIES) and another one I really loved. Not sure if I read them all or not, but I do remember perhaps three or so.
- Earthsong or Parkland by Victor Kelleher, there was a stage where I read four of his stories in a row, and really loved them, never to read anything by him again. So in reality I want to just pick up a few of his other novels and see how they are. They were quite good fantasy
- Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, another fantasy series which I adored as a child. I mean what wasn’t to like with a really intelligent male protagonist, who had a lot of money and could do as he pleased, and faeries, working together to save the world. Plus farting dwarves!
- Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson, I loved this series so much I emailed the author, and she responded (funnily enough I suggested a prequel and what do you know, she was writing it at the time!). A really lovely series.
- Geronimo Stilton. Now this isn’t a series I want to revisit now, because I’m already certain I wouldn’t like it now. But it was a series which I loved as a child, I owned (and still do actually – perhaps it’s time to get rid of them?) about 30 of them, which was all of them published at the time. They were so much fun, so many adventures and mysteries, and the font made it all very exciting.
What books from your childhood do you want to revisit (or perhaps not!).