Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new theme is suggested for bloggers to participate in. This week’s prompt is Books for My Younger Self (These could be books you wish you had read as a child, books younger you could have really learned something from, books that meshed with your hobbies/interests, books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life, etc.)
Hello Readers! This week I’ll be celebrating my one year blogiversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year since I started my little blog. I’m working on celebrating with a giveaway, so this week’s Top Ten Tuesday won’t be up to my usual standards because of time. I almost skipped this week, but I haven’t skipped a TTT since I started. I’d at least like to say I made it a whole year. 😉 Plus, I really loved the topic this week.
One thing younger me definitely needed more of was diversity in her reading. I grew up in a small Texas town, pretty sheltered from the rest of the world. All of my selections are books I read as an adult (some with my own children) that I wish I could have read as a child or teen. And while most of these were not even published when I was younger, it’s just me dreaming of the kinds of books I wish I could have read.
(Link to Goodreads synopsis through book title.)
- Harry Potter series by She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named – I’m always a little jealous of those readers who grew up reading Harry Potter. I was late to the series and binge-read them all as an adult.
- From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg – This book was definitely available when I was kid, but for some reason it wasn’t on my radar. I read it with my own kids, and I know younger me would have loved the idea of living in a museum.
- The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis – I read this entire series in a C.S. Lewis college class, but I know younger me would have enjoyed it, too.
- The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins – Teen me would have been obsessed over this series.
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia – I read this delightful and educational #ownvoices book for a reading challenge this summer, and I wish it’s a book my younger self could have read.
- The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz – Another unputdownable diverse book I read this past year with my son. I would love to see this one get more attention, and it’s one my younger self could have learned a lot from.
- Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell – This graphic novel is so much fun, and I know teen me would have been determined to find the nearest pumpkin patch!
- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – One of my favorite reads this year, teen me would have loved Emoni as much as adult me.
- The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is set about the time I was a teen in high school, so maybe it’s nostalgia?? But teen me didn’t quite have the experiences Charlie had. 😉
- Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson – This is such a gut-wrenching novel. But it’s one I feel like every teen should read.
Did you read any of these as a child or teen? What’s a book you wish your younger self could have read? Let me know in the comments!