It’s already the second Tuesday of the ninth month of the year! With everything that has been happening lately, one forgets to notice how time has been flying so fast. Oh well, Tuesday also means one thing, a Top Ten Tuesday update!
From what I understand, these are books which I wish I had read when I was younger or at least a book that suited my taste during my formative years. Guided by this perception, I rounded up the books the younger me could have loved. And before I blabber on, let us start the list!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
I loved reading Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian which is unusual for I don’t gravitate towards young adult fiction. However, I do think that that younger me would enjoy the themes it explored – from the Indian culture to growing up in a a new environment one is unaccustomed to.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This list wouldn’t be complete without Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic masterpiece, The Little Prince. I loved the book as a young adult and I know that the younger me would have loved this book even more. It is short, simple and light yet it packs a lot of punch.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
Mystery and suspense fiction was my initiation into the vast world of literature. It was unfortunate (I know) that it took me years before I discovered the wonderful world of Dame Agatha Christie, the so-called Queen of Suspense. In honesty, Murder on the Orient Express revived my interest in the genre at a time when I was losing interest.
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
Here’s another light book. At least on the surface. I know there are some graphic scenes and some violent ones but the humor of Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson’s The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. The book also reminded me of my grandparents and the stories and memories they hold.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I guess everyone knows that I love Khaled Hosseini’s works. I love all of his works but The Kite Runner holds a special place in me. Yes, Hosseini paints a vivid and colorful picture of Afghanistan. It is a world away from the way it was depicted in media post-September 11. However, what I loved about the book, and I know the younger me would appreciate, is the study of father-son dynamics.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sherlock Holmes is a beloved literary character. Not only that, he has an intriguing way of solving mysteries. However, I have always been skeptic about the books so I never bothered with it until I started working. Guess what? I was kicking myself being a skeptic. I loved the stories. I loved the characters and I know the younger Carl would love them too.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I know the theme of Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist careens towards the more serious. The younger me might also miss the point of the story. However, I find The Alchemist a simple yet powerful book and the moral it imparts is golden (at least that was how the college me saw it).
The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
We all know (and might have watched) the Disney adaptation of Italian writer Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. However, not that many have read the book. I can understand why. It is a little bit morbid than the animated film (most fairy tales are ). But it will teach the younger me to not believe every single fairy tale. HAHA!
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
I love both Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia and Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls even though they grapple with subjects that are heavy and sensitive – death and coping with grief. I remember being teary-eyed reading Bridge to Terabithia. I had heavy emotions as well after reading A Monster Calls. The fact that the latter was supposed to be written by Siobhan Dowd but she perished before she could complete it makes it even more special. I know the subjects they tackle are heavy but the books were written in a light way that even younger ones can understand and appreciate the morals behind them.
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
I read the entire series in a month when I was in university. I can still remember it vividly because my Auditing Problems professor was castigating me for choosing it over accounting books! Haha. You see, I flunked the same subject the trimester before so I did my best to hide the books under his nose. I loved the movies and I loved the books so I felt it right to include it in this list.
Other books I want my younger self to read would include Madeline Miller’s Circe, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and David Copperfield, Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo. Except for Circe, these books are classics and are on the heavy side but I think it would help develop the character of the younger me.
In terms of reading, I call myself a late bloomer. Unlike most, I started reading late. I was already a senior in high school when I made reading novels a hobby. However, before shifting to novels, I had interest in reading but I only read encyclopedias. I used encyclopedias to see pictures of places which I hope to visit or at least dream about; I grew up in a rural area and I never thought that I would ever get the chance to travel. Anyway, once I got my reading momentum, I didn’t stop. I slowed down at times but I never stopped.
Anyway, enough of me. I hope you enjoyed my list! Have a great Tuesday everyone! Have a great week ahead!