As I was compiling this list I realized that there is a common trait among this group: I’ve seen the movie version of each one except for Howl’s Moving Castle. Maybe that’s why I didn’t read a majority of these books going up; I saw the movie and didn’t feel it necessary to seek out the book version.
Now little did I realize at the time that the book could be a completely different experience (that would come when I read The Wizard of Oz for the first time). I hope that I can read most of these within the next couple of years. A couple I might wait til my daughter is older.
*I know some of these skew more middle grade but it’s my list. 😀
1 A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
This one was slightly out of ignorance, as I didn’t know much about Paddington until the recent movies came out. I found it so delightful that I got a couple books for my daughter to read (and me!)
2 Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White
Other than the sad ending, I don’t remember anything about this story. Eventually I’ll read this one with my daughter when she’s a few years older.
3 The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
While I do remember watching the ‘70s animated movie, the most vivid images I have are from an art book my mother had of that same movie. At the time my reading comprehension was poor so I would just flip through the book and figure out the story from all the beautiful animation stills.
4 Howls’ Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
This is my Classics Club pick for May and I am so excited. I’ve wanted to both read and watch the Miyazaki film for a while now.
5 The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle
When I hear the title my mind actually goes to the song covered by Kenny Loggins (yes the Kenny Loggins has an album of covers of famous children’s songs). Lol, I don’t remember anything about the plot though.
6 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH – Robert C. O’Brien
Oh did this one get to me as a kid. I didn’t even know there was a book version until recently (should’ve known!) and I bought it right up. One I definitely want to read soon… maybe this year?!
7 The Neverending Story – Michael Ende
I know I’ve seen The Neverending Story but for some reason it didn’t plant itself onto my memory. I have some vague images but nothing concrete. So no spoilers for me if I do read the book in the future!
8 Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie
It’s one of those stories that I’ve seen so many iterations that I’m shocked that I’ve never read the original. Peter Pan is on my classics’ list so I hope I can get to it soon.
9 The Princess Bride – William Goldman
There’s a few ‘staples’ here but I think most 90’s kids have seen Princess Bride. I still remember the first time I saw it and I’ve enjoyed it multiple times since (probably that and Labyrinth were my fantasy ‘go-to’s).
10 The Witches – Roald Dahl
Honestly half of this post could’ve been Roald Dahl books, as I’ve only read James and the Giant Peach. The Witches is the one I’m most interested in and that fucked me up the most as a child. The witches themselves were very disturbing, but what really got to me was the beginning sequence about the child being stuck in the painting. *Shivers*