Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Younger Holly Had Read

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic asks us to share ten books that we wish we read when we were younger. For some reason, young Holly stuck with certain authors and books that were quite different from other readers. (Mainly, I just read Nancy Drew and Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings over and over again.) There are so many books that I know I would have loved had I read them when I was younger–because I really enjoyed them when I read them for the first time recently!

I’ve linked my reviews to these books (if I’ve written one) if you would like to hear more of my thoughts about them.

1. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This book is everything that Young Holly would have loved. I read it a few years ago and boy, had I definitely been missing out all this time! (My thoughts)

2. Matilda by Roald Dahl. I read this book for the first time a few summers ago and IT IS PERFECT. Young Holly would have ADORED reading this book! (My thoughts)

3. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I listened to all of these audiobooks while I was abroad and I thought they were so fun, suspenseful, and exciting. (My thoughts)

4. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I also listened to the audiobook of this novel when I was studying abroad and it was so lovely and quaint and moving.

5. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. To be honest, I’m still working my way through this series (*gasp!*). But it’s so good so far!!

6. Holes by Louis Sachar. I read this book and watched the movie adaptation a few summers ago and wow, what a bizarre, witty, wild ride!! (My thoughts)

7. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. While there are definitely some things about this book that I’m glad I didn’t read when I was younger, overall this was a fun and funny read. (My thoughts)

8. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. People had been telling me to read this book for YEARS before I finally read it recently. It was so fun! (But have I seen the movie yet?? Nope.) (My thoughts)

9. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. I had been meaning to read this for YEARS, and I finally read it after graduating from college. Did I cry? You bet. (My thoughts)

This might be one of my favorite bookish photos I’ve ever taken (well, that my brother helped me take…).

10. Girl Up by Laura Bates. This is the only non-fiction book on this list, but it definitely bears mentioning. I read this when I was in college but I so, so wish it had been around when I was in middle school and high school! (My thoughts)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday!! What books do you wish you had read when you were younger? What do you think of the books on my list? Let me know in the comments section below!



63 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish Younger Holly Had Read

  1. Great list – one of my favorite books as a child was Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School. I was an adult when Holes came out but I love his writing. I put Anne of Green Gables on my list as well. I liked it as an adult, but I think it would have been a much different read if I was young.

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    1. Louis Sachar is such a good writer!! I read some of his other books when I was younger, but for some reason Holes didn’t make the cut I guess haha. It’s so good though!!


  2. I read quite a few of these when I was younger! Matilda was one of my favourites, and I used to go to the library every week to get a new ASOUE book. I also really enjoyed The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, and The Princess Diaries. I read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe but I never got into any of the other Narnia books. I had Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging on my list this week too.
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  3. So many good books on your list! I had The Chronicles of Narnia and Anne of Green Gables read to me as bedtime stories when I was kid. I’m with you on Girl Up. I only read it a few months ago and it’s exactly the book I needed during high school.

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  4. I never read ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ as a kid. I only started reading them when I was 15. That said, I’ve only managed to read four of them yet.

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  5. I read Angus/Thongs (the whole series) when I was a teen and I loved those books so much! The last few are a little uninspired but the series has a special place in my heart

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  6. Fab list!! I really want to re-read Tuck Everlasting (we studied it in class when I was about 10/11) and I’m absolutely with you on A Series of Unfortunate Events, I’m a few books from the end and really need to finish it! (Only started them when I was already in my twenties 😂)

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  7. I’d love to see you do a similar post looking forward at what books you think future you will be glad you read now. Things that become future classics maybe? Or just ones you end up loving and carrying with you? So many of yours here are familiar to me that way already ☺️

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  8. This is such a cool post! I wish I had read The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants when I was younger, too because that movie used to be one of my all-time favorites! I’ve never read it, but I definitely think the experience would have been better at a younger age than if I were to read it now!

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  9. Eep I love Holes too! It’s such an amazing book as well as movie but few people seem to know it 😦
    Oh and even I wish I had read Anne of Green Gables earlier but oh well, I still enjoyed it when I read it 🙂

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  10. I read so many of Roald Dahl’s books when I was little, but I can’t remember if Matilda is one that I read (oops). And I read about half of The Princess Diaries series when I was a teenager but never finished it. I might go back to it, though 🙂

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  11. Great list! I didn’t read Anne of Green Gables until I was an adult either, and I wish I’d read it when I was younger, too. I think I would have loved it more if I read it earlier. Also, while I’ve read a bunch of Roald Dahl’s books, Matilda was never one I’ve read. (Still haven’t.) Given the way everyone loves it, though, I wish I’d picked it up with the other Dahl books I read as a kid.

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    1. I feel the same way about Matilda! I would have LOVED it when I was younger. Although I did manage to read it a few summers ago and adored it nonetheless-it’s absolutely adorable! ❤


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