Have you ever read a book and enjoyed it well enough but know 10 year old you would have loved the book? How about finding a book as an adult that would have been perfect for that certain time of your life?
As an adult who reads many children’s books, I frequently run into the problem of “missing the window” for books. These books that I read are still enjoyable as an adult but there’s a certain level of magic that is only obtainable by reading books at the right time in your life.
I’m going to talk about some of the ones I feel like I missed my window on.
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Here’s the thing I tried the Narnia books as a kid and they didn’t do it for me. Someone gave me the entire series as a kid but that still wasn’t enough motivation for me to read them. I really wish someone would have read the books with me. I think that would have encouraged me to stick with it. I’ve been attempting to finally read the books as an adult (and doing a poor job of it) but I’m still not getting the magic. The books are sweet but I don’t quite love them.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Apparently I somehow completely overlooked Diana Wynne Jones for my entire childhood. I had no idea who she even was until blogging friends mentioned her to me. I liked Howl’s well enough and I’ve bought another book by Jones. I loved magical books as a kid and I really think her books would have had a bigger impact on me if I had read them in late elementary school.
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
For some reason I think I attempted the series growing up. Either I got bored with waiting for the books to be released or I meant to try the series after more books had been published. I’m not sure what happened but I haven’t read any of them in a really, really long time. I recently tried the first book and wasn’t really impressed. The style of the book didn’t do it for me. I know when I was younger I liked when books were silly like that or talked to me the reader. It’s a bit annoying for me as an adult.
So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
Once again Diane Duane is another author I overlooked. This was an interesting take on learning magic. Not to mention coming of age books of any sort have a bigger impact when you’re going through similar struggles. I know I would have enjoyed the story as a kid!
Do you think you can miss the window for a book?
Do you think that books are good for anytime in your life?
What books have you missed the window for?