Top Five Wednesday: Books for my younger self

It’s been a while since I did a Top 5 Wednesday, which you can find more about T5W here. This week is Books for my younger self, which I think is a great topic! There are so many books I wish younger me had had, so instead I give them to my sister! I also included some books I wish I could’ve read when I was younger because I probably would’ve appreciated them more.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I think this is such a great introduction to feminism, and I really would’ve loved it in late middle school/early high school. I loved it just as much now, but I think it would’ve helped me articulate things better at that age.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

This is SUCH a good exploration of rape culture, and I loved it. It would’ve been so good to have in high school. This is more of a book I think everyone should read in high school.

The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake

I just read this book and really enjoyed it, except for the ending. I think (I know) I would’ve been less bothered by the ending when I was younger, and probably would’ve preferred it. So I wish I’d read this when I was like six years younger.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This is another one that I know a younger me would’ve appreciated. I still enjoyed it, but I probably would’ve loved it more if I were able to read it in high school.

That’s all I could think of for todays topic! I found this topic hard because I read a lot of formative books when I was in high school, and I think I read them at the right time. I’ve also recently read a ton of great books that I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed in high school, so it was hard to think of books that fit.

What about you? Are there any books you wish you could give your younger self? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

12 thoughts on “Top Five Wednesday: Books for my younger self

  1. I definitely agree with the inclusion Starfish (the only one of these I’ve read)! I think I even mentioned in my review of it that it was something I wish my younger self could have read.

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  2. I can so relate to you knowing that certain books you read now and love would not have impressed your younger self. I think these all look like excellent reads for teens. I’m amazed by how many amazing books there are now that give girls both positive role models and spread awareness of prejudices and inequality. ❤

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  3. I recently read Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Anne of Green Gables, and while I enjoyed them both I think younger me would have liked them more. Oh well, at least I got to enjoy them eventually!

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      1. That was my thought, too! And both of those two aged surprisingly well given the other classic books that have disappointed me in that regard lately.


  4. Really fascinating picks. I like the inclusion of The Female of the Species in here. Personally, I wish I had read the HP series as a kid since it seems to have been the starting point to the life of a bookworm for so many readers. I’ve purchased a couple of them as a kid, but I never got around to reading them unfortunately hahah

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