Top Ten Tuesday

Why Didn’t I Read That Earlier…?


Top Ten Tuesday was originally started by The Broke And The Bookish, where a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The hosts are currently on a break from TTT, so I’ve decided to go back through the topic archives to find things to write about until we begin again for real. The topic this week is Books I Wish I’d Read In School. There are plenty of books that, while most people read them whilst at school, I didn’t read until I was a lot older, and some I haven’t even got to reading yet…

The Harry Potter Series


Yes it’s true, I didn’t read the Harry Potter books until a few years ago! I tried picking them up when I was about 10 years old and I just couldn’t get into them, but I am so glad I decided to read them eventually (in light of realising that no matter how many times I watched the films, there was plenty I still didn’t understand!)

To Kill a Mockingbird


I wish I’d had the chance to properly study this book at school, because the writing is so beautiful! To delve deeper into this story would be such an experience.

Jane Eyre


I still haven’t read Jane Eyre, but it’s another classic that I wish I’d had the chance to study. I’ve heard amazing things, and I do hope I get to reading it at some point.

The Great Gatsby


Another classic on the list that I really enjoyed when I read it last year, but as always, classics are slightly more difficult to grasp. There is so much symbolism in this book I’d love to have had the chance to read into further.

The Night Circus


Another one I haven’t had the pleasure of reading, but I wish I’d had the chance to read back in school. It’s apparently a book that’s suited to school age readers, but I’m still looking forward to reading it very soon!

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children


I am thoroughly enjoying this series, but reading it as a child in school, I feel I would’ve had a stronger connection with the children and their slightly innocent natures. However, it has been quite scary at times!

Quite a short post today but I just couldn’t think of any others. I read quite a few books as a child, but this is just a small selection of those I wish I’d had the chance to read earlier than I have done, or ones I wish to look deeper into!

Until next time…

Jade πŸ™‚


By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

28 replies on “Why Didn’t I Read That Earlier…?”

I read The Night Circus earlier this month and really enjoyed it. It’s a slow-paced novel but it’s described in an amazing way! I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it more when I was younger. Pretty sure I would’ve enjoyed it less back then, simply because I value the writing way more than I would have otherwise, haha!


Yeah, unfortunately because it’s American literature and we have to study classic English literature πŸ˜’ although sometimes that’s not a bad thing, there is some good British literature out there!


I totally wish I had read the whole Harry Potter series in while I was younger. Maybe I would’ve been able to connect better with the younger Harry. I feel like the last books in the series are my favorites right now πŸ™‚


Great choices! The only one I haven’t read is Jane Eyre but it’s on my list for this year (when I magically find more time!). I studied To Kill A Mockingbird at school and it is still one of my favourite books. I also thoroughly enjoyed The Night Circus and obviously I love HP!


Love Harry Potter! I actually put Jane Eyre down halfway through when I was meant to be reading it for school, that was not my kind of thing at age 14 and still isn’t now to be honest! Your love of The Night Circus will depend how much you like slow paced books with very descriptive writing, personally not my thing, but I know lots of people do love it. I did read To Kill A Mockingbird in school, definitely one of the better ones of my required reading. I still need to read Miss Peregrine’s!


I recall reading a bit of Jane Eyre but don’t remember much of it! I’m not sure how much I’ll enjoy The Night Circus, but I’m definitely excited to give it a go! To Kill a Mockingbird is a popular favourite among readers, which I am so glad about because it’s such an important book. I’ve almost finished the Miss Peregrine’s trilogy and have enjoyed it, I would highly recommend it!


Neither do I! I hope you enjoy it, it’s not a bad book, it just wasn’t my thing. Yes, I’m glad too, it’s not my favourite book, but it’s a book where I actually agree of it’s importance on all those “classics you should read before you die lists”. Oh that’s good to hear!

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It’s like we’re the same person with this list! I didn’t read “Harry Potter” until I was an adult, about two years ago. And I absolutely loved it. I haven’t read Jane Eyre or To Kill a Mockingbird. And I just read The Great Gatsby two months ago! I really liked it, but I could tell there was a lot I could learn if only I were in a classroom with a teacher, lecturing about the book.


The Night Circus is so good! I put off reading it for so long because I didn’t think I would like it, and I loved it. I wish I had read Harry Potter earlier, too. I felt like as an adult, the early books were just too childish for me to really connect with.


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