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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s topic is about the books we wish we had read as a kid and I’m twisting it just a teensy bit to books I wish I had read as a teen. Because I often think with a lot of YA and adult books I read nowadays that I WISH I HAD READ THIS EARLIER. Because books can teach us so many things, and a lot of those things would have been nice to know about earlier. Or would have been crucial in my development in that time period. Or I feel should just be mandatory reading for all teens. So here are a few of the books I wish I had read as a teen and the lessons they could have taught me:
Though the political landscapes of the USA and Belgium are not very alike, this book still could have taught me very early on WHY it is important to vote, why you should do your research on it and why every vote matters.
Though a cute romance, this book would have also taught me something very important: what gaslighting is and how to recognize it when it’s happening to you or to loved ones.
This YA contemporary could have taught me early on why LGBTQ+ representation on TV is so very crucial and what queerbaiting is.
As a teen, I didn’t know about social anxiety. Learning about it through a fun, cute book that also celebrates the geek life instead of insulting it (which was basically what happened to geeks when I was a kid) would have been an eye-opener.
Though we do learn about racism as kids, I think this book would have been valuable in really getting the message to sink in. Even as an adult, this book shook me and I think it should be mandatory reading for all kids.
This book could have taught me that your grades don’t define you and academic success is not the only way to succeed in life. As a stressed-out teen who definitely could have related to Frances, this book would have been very welcome.
This book is so crucial because of the asexuality representation. I only learned about asexuality a few years ago and that’s just not right. I should have known there was such a thing as asexuality when I was younger, as well as that sexual and romantic attraction are not the same thing.
When my anxieties were keeping me from things like studying abroad or going on school trips, this book could have helped motivate me and show me that good things can happen when you take a chance and step outside of your comfort zone.
I only read this series when I was 19-20 and honestly I always wish I could have experienced their magic when I was younger. Though I always loved reading, I consider reading Harry Potter as the starting point of my full-blown fantasy reading addiction and well… who knows what other stories I already could have read if I’d discovered this kind of magic sooner?
What Books do you wish you had read as a Child or teenager?