Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self

Hi all!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

There is a lot of advice I would give to my younger self and quite a few books I would thrust upon her and say “read them now!”

Including a lot of romance. Tween me had a real problem with reading romance. About all the romance I could handle, or want, was Harry and Ginny.

My tastes for romance changed about the time I read Pride and Prejudice. But there were a lot of books that teen me ignored and a lot of books that have been wrote more recently and I wish that younger me would have read them … it may have changed a few things for me.

So here is all the books I would give to my younger self if I could have a time machine and give them to her.

But just to remind you what Top Ten Tuesday is all about …

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme that is going ten years strong that was originally created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and switched to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.  Each week we have a different topic.

Disclaimer: The Waterstones links below are affiliate links meaning that, at no extra cost to you, I earn a small commission.


The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads | Waterstones | Review

I still haven’t finish this series but I think if I’d started it when it first came out, or even when I first bought the book that I may have finished them by now.

Six of Crows by Leigh Berdugo

Goodreads | Waterstones | Review

I only read my first Leigh Bardugo book this year but I loved her work and now I am trying to play catch up with all her work.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Goodreads | Waterstones

This book only came out this year and it is my most recent read but I would still send it back to my younger self because I think teenage me needed to realise that poetry doesn’t have to be as boring or dry or pored over to death like my English teachers made it. Poetry can be fun! That’s not the only reason I would send it back … but I want to save a lot of my opinions for my review which should be out on Thursday provided that I get it done.

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

Goodreads | Review

I’ve said before how this book changed things for me and if I could have read it earlier I would.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Goodreads | Waterstones | Review

I can’t say why I should give this to my younger self, but I wish I’d read it earlier.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Goodreads | Waterstones | Series Review

I started reading Artemis Fowl in my teens but I never stuck with it and I never finished the books … I still haven’t but I am making more progress and I will finish them as soon as I can.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Goodreads | Waterstones

I read Hound of the Baskervilles in English class, but I never really got into Sherlock Holmes till I listened to the Stephen Fry reading of it. I still can’t get into literary detective stories, but Sherlock Holmes I adore.

Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Goodreads | Waterstones

This was definitely a book that my father told me to read and well, how many of you did what your father told you when you were a teenager? I still resist what books my father tells me to read, but Hitchhiker’s is the one book I have read and loved.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Goodreads | Waterstones | Review

Whenever I talk about this book I always say that I wish I had read it earlier. Teen me may not have been able to handle it but I really should have read it earlier.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Goodreads | Waterstones | Review

I’d seen the film several times before I read the book. I don’t think I even knew the book existed when I first went to watch the film but it is an amazing book.


What books would you give your younger self? Any of these? Let me know in the comments, or leave links to your post and I’ll check them out.

Until next time … happy reading

5 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books For My Younger Self”

  1. What a brilliant topic and a great list! I’d have to give myself Percy Jackson as I never seem to get around to starting the series now whereas I probably would have done if I’d have read them when they were first released.

    P.S – if you enjoy tags and things, I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger’s Award! No pressure to do it but feel free if you wanted! ☺️
    https://thebiblioshelf.com/2020/09/08/booktag-sunshine-blogger-award/

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s