Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

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Close-up photo of an opened bookI was the sort of kid who ignored age recommendations and read everything that grabbed my interest, so this week’s prompt was a little tricky for me. In the end, I decided to narrow this down to young adult books published in the last decade or so that I would have loved as a kid.

Of course I can read them as an adult, too, but I think they would have been even more meaningful to me if I were still a kid or teenager. Some of my answers have to do with the desire to read about characters like me in some way, and I’ve noted which ones fit into this category. Everything else simply seemed like it was a great story!

It will be interesting to see how all of you interpreted this prompt!

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan

3.Β Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I have a food allergy, too, and would have loved to read about a protagonist who understood what it was like to have to watch what she ate so carefully. That can be a lonely experience when you’re a teenager and everyone else can eat whatever they wish (or so it seems at that age).

5. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

I would have loved this paranormal LGBTQ+ tale. It was rare for me to find books about non-heterosexual characters back in the day. Once again, representation matters!

6. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

7. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmad

8. Want by Cindy Pon

9. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

10. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

79 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

  1. Ooh, very great list. A lot of these are still on my TBR but I do wonder if I would’ve loved Hot Dog Girl as a middle schooler because (unfortunately) it really wasn’t my jam when I read it last year πŸ˜‚ I think younger me would’ve benefitted from seeing more diverse authors and characters. I really wonder how my reading would be if the diverse books available now were available back then!

  2. I thought about this list yesterday, but I was finishing up the trial chapters in Brothers Karamazov. It’s good to still be able enjoy lit that’s published for audiences younger than us..

  3. What a great list! Fangirl is one of my favorites, and I am currently re-reading Everything, Everything. I feel like I will never get too old for YA, lol. The Star-touched queen is on my TBR. Great post and happy TTT!

  4. I’ve actually read and loved a few of these books and can see why they would be hits for you. I too have food allergies (nuts, dairy, shellfish) and noone really understood. And you’re right, representation ALWAYS matters. Great list!

    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post.

  5. I only put 1 YA book on my list because I don’t know if I would have liked a lot of YA books more than I do now. Some of them I might have liked less. But my grandma played with dolls in her 80s so I guess I get the YA mindset from her! I loved Fangirl at this age minus a year though!

  6. Oh Dread Nation is a good one! I read it recently and as much as I think I appreciate it more now than I would have as a teenager, I do think I would recommend it to a lot of people both my age and younger!

  7. I interpreted this TTT the same way too β€” and it makes so much sense so many of us have the same kind of response to THS TTT because YA is a genre that is just getting better in leaps and bounds.

  8. I definitely ignored age recommendations too when I was a little girl!! πŸ™‚ and as for the list you have, I have to read all of them except The Poet X.. and I know I would have devoured it at any age.. (will do so in the future too!)

  9. I distinctly remember picking up Tess of the D’Ubervilles in junior high only to be told by the librarian that it was “too old” for me. I never picked it back up. That may be why I don’t like Hardy, even today. Like your list!

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