I grew up primarily in a household we’re if you read a book, you were the weird one, so there were certain books that I missed out on and just never read as as child or teenager. Now that I’m an adult and work in a book store, plus I’m exploring the world of blog post and twitter and the ever growing world of books that’s more accepting that my household when I was growing up, I’ve come to realise that there are some popular books that I missed out on as a child. That reading them as an adult, although may be enjoyable, may also be tainted. So here are some of those books:
Dr Seuss – I never read or got read any of the Dr Seuss books as a baby or child and whenever someone brought up anything relating to Dr Seuss I would smile and nod (pretty much what I do now with Game Of Thrones). These are books that I am now slowly working my way through as an adult, and I am enjoying as an adult. This is also what made me want to do this post because it made me wonder what else I’ve missed out on.
Beatrix Potter – These are the Peter rabbits books and again something I feel like I missed out on. Unlike the Dr Seuss books, I’d feel strange picking these up and reading them. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe I’ll give them a try at a later date. There’s so many good books out there now that I feel like I’ve missed my chance.
The Chronicles of Narnia – I will admit that I have read two books in this series, one for Drama in school, which was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and the first book in the series. I will sham fully admit it wasn’t until I was in my adulthood that I realised that this was a series that I read the first book and then also realised how heavily religious it was. This changed how I first read the book 2 and I didn’t want to reread it and alter my first perspective of it and how much I’d loved it.
Roald Dahl – This was a big one for me! I had actually saved up and bought all of the Roald Dahl books, the collection, and was slowly through reading them. Like I said, my family weren’t readers, in fact I was the only reader in my family. So when I was reading books that were then movies, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and The Giant Peach, my mum spoiled them for me!! “Why are you reading the books, when you can watch the films and it’s quicker?” Wow! And she’s put the films on and spoil them for me 😫😭 To this day I haven’t finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but always remember that!!!
There are more, I’m sure, that I’m just not realising right now, but here are some quick fire ones;
- Judy Blume
- Charlottes Web
- The Wind in the Willow
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Northern Lights
The first time I read the Harry Potter series, in the correct order, i was an adult. I had managed to read six of them prior to that as a child and through my teens, but in the complete wrong order. This spoiled it for me, but reading it that first time as an adult in the correct order, omg! Heaven! That’s the only way to explain it. It was even more impactful and emotional.
I do get to read and experience all of these books for the first time now, and I gets to read them all to my child, if I have one, in the future. This is coming from someone who loves and enjoys reading, so I can’t understand someone who doesn’t enjoy a good book 😵 The Horror of it!! I’ve now got my older sister into reading, it was all about finding the right type of book, the right genre, because now when she starts a book, I swear she reads it faster than me! Now that’s frightening.
My favourite books that I did read when I was growing up through, were Goosebumps! I got to read them constantly and I loved them 🥰😍 so much so that I still have them, and as I said above the Harry Potter Series.
Are there any books that you never read or missed out on reading as a child or teenager? And what your reason? Leave a comment.