Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by GingerReadsLainey and managed by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Each week features a new prompt in which you are suppose to talk about the top 5 books that you relate to the prompt. This week the topic is: Books For My Younger Self— This was recommended as a topic on twitter and I love it! Books that you wish your younger self would have read to learn a life lesson, get more self confidence, open your eyes to a new perspective, etc.
So, without further adieu, I present my contribution to this week’s top five conversation.
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Publisher: Blazer + Bray (February 28, 2017)
Print Length: 464 pages
I wish that I was able to have read The Hate U Give when I was younger because of its historical and social relevance to today. And yet, in some strange way, I wish I was able to read this when I was younger because I would hope that if it had been released in the 90’s we would have learned from it, changed our acceptances of the social injustices, and evolved into a more compassionate society.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 3, 2018)
Print Length: 52 pages
I wish that I was able to have read In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It when I was younger because of its message of not sweating the small stuff. While I even still feel like I am not where I am suppose or want to be, I can go back to this speech on my real bad days and know that I still have time to change.
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1) by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion Books (March 1, 2006)
Print Length: 375 pages
I wish that I was able to have read The Lightning Thief when I was younger because as an adult I feel like I missed out by not picking it up. It seems like it is the ‘Harry Potter’ equivalent to those born in the 2000’s, so I not too crushed over not getting the chance to experience the world of camp half-blood.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin Books (January 8, 2002, first published 1937)
Print Length: 112 pages
I wish that I was able to have read Of Mice and Men when I was younger because up until 2016 I hadn’t read it. I was never forced to read it in school, nor have I ever sought out a television or movie adaptation, but I still feel like I missed out on something in my youth. A lot of my friends can pinpoint how they felt the first time they read Steinbeck’s tale of two friends, and while I can probably remember it better, given my recent reading, it would have been interesting to see how I felt about it as a child versus an adult.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 15, 2014)
Print Length: 355 pages
I wish that I was able to have read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before when I was younger because of its fantastic representation of Asian American culture. As a Caucasian Canadian I have no idea what it was like to grow up under represented so a release like this could have helped carve the way for more inclusivity. And yet, with the release of books like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and its Netflix adaptation I am now well aware of how big the problem of representation in the media is and I only hope that the younger generation can bring down this obstacle so that it is a thing of the past.
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And those are my top five books I wish that I was able to have read when I was younger. Do you have any books that could fill this T5W? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.