T5W – Books for My Younger Self

T5W is a weekly book meme created by Lainey from Gingereadslainey and hosted by Sam from Thought On Tomes with a different bookish topic each week. You can check out the GoodReads group here.

Topic: Books I wish my younger self would have read. This technically supposed to be the September 12th topic but that was career fair week and I had negative time to do anything that week.

1. City of Ghosts by VE Schwab

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Recommended to: my 1st-5th-grade self. I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. I read this one recently because VE Schwab, but it was clearly written for middle-graders. While I’m not very into ghost stories anymore, my younger self was significantly less picky (I would read pretty much anything I could get my hands on) and I think this book would be perfect. Also this book probably would have spurred a 2-week obsession with photography.

2. Lockwood & Co. by Jonathan Stroud

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Recommended to: my 3rd-6th grade self. Another ghost story? What? Well, I read Jonathan Stroud’s other series, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, around that age and to this day I adore those books. I read this one junior year of high school and while I liked them, I think I would have enjoyed them more had I not read the series while pretending hiding my Kindle under a physical copy of Pride and Prejudice BritLit class.

3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

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Recommended to: my 9th-11th grade self. I listened to the audiobook of this recently and I could immediately pick up certain complaints with the female character that I don’t think I would have at a younger age. This book also gives you this amazing sense of discovery and I think I could have used that encouragement in those early years of highschool.

4. Thief’s Covenant by Ari Marmell

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Recommended to: my 6th – 9th grade self. Another book I read in that English class that I think I would have benefitted from reading earlier. I think in the age of angsty female MCs in dystopian settings, this book would have been a good breath of fresh air. Also lady thieves in ballgowns. ^^

5. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Recommended to: my 11th grade self in lieu of Prince of Thorns. This is a pretty specific suggestion, but for a very good reason. 11th grade was around the time I started getting back into fantasy and Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence was one of the first books I’d read around that time. While I loved and still love Prince of Thorns, I think there were definitely parts of Jorg and his character I that made me think, wow this guy is really cool and instead of, run for the hills. Secondly, I’d started getting into the mindset that female protagonists were for YA novels and male protagonists where were all the adult books were at around that age. I think this book would have helped prove otherwise and break that mindset I’d had for several years after.

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