1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
When the movie came out, I was reminded that I'd NEVER read this. It seems like a beloved classic from childhood to so many people, so this makes me sad.
2. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The closest I ever got to reading this was my father's constant quoting of this line:
"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."
3. Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
Okay, I wish I'd read them. But forget Nancy Drew—let's talk about Trixie Belden! I inherited my mother's stash of old Trixie Belden books, and I reread them all at least five times each. The Bob-Whites of the Glen were my heroes.
4. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
My husband's family was shocked this Christmas to realize I'd never read this as a little girl. Who knew it was a must-read?
5. Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal
I read SO many Sweet Valley Twins books. And, as much as I loved me some Jessica and Elizabeth, I was kind of over them (and Lila Fowler) by the time I would have graduated to the older series. Looking back, I wish I'd read more of them!
6. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Chronic-WHAT-cles of Narnia! Saw the first movie, but never read the books. That Prince Caspian sure looks hot in those ads though...
7. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Saw the movie, but never read the book. And, looking back, that movie is pretty darn racist, soooooo let's hope the book isn't?
8. Any Dr. Seuss book
My mom wouldn't let us read them. She hasn't really explained why. Conspiracy?
9. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Everyone read this in middle or high school except me. It's still on my Amazon Wish List.
10. Anything appropriate for my age: I was that kid in fourth grade who brought giant, thick classics (Dickens was a particular favorite) into school to read underneath her desk during school. I was a little to reading advanced for my age. Could this be the subconscious reason I read YA books as an adult? I certainly didn't read YA as an actual YA!
Well, I suppose it's never too late—I might have to read some of these now. Is that a Sweet Valley High readathon I smell coming on?