Top 5 Wednesday – Books for my Younger self

There are quite a few books that I would have loved for my younger self to read. I think they would have helped to shape me and change my way of thinking. I struggled with a few topics that these books discuss.

  1. To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin Review

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Growing up I was stick thin until about the end of middle school were puberty, hormones and health problems made me gain weight. This book would have shown me that it was perfectly okay to have a few extra pounds and that I was just as good as everyone else. This book will always mean the world to me and I hope every young girl reads it and knows she is beautiful just the way she is.

2. They both die at the end by Adam Silvera Review

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I was so anxious and full of anxiety as a teenager, let’s be real I still am. They both die at the end showed that its okay to be anxious but to also take those risks. That you can live your life and be happy and okay, that you can fall in love. You can die at any moment, so why not live in that moment and live your truth and be happy. This book will always mean the world to because it showed me how to live my truth and be happy despite having anxiety and doubts about the world. My teenage self would have loved and treasured this book the same way I do now.

3. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab Review

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Now I know what your thinking, a fantasy book how would that have made a difference to you as a teenager. well, my dear friend, I took one thing away from this book the most. Sometimes the monsters you are supposed to fear are not scary at all but can become a friend and the ones you love and keep close are sometimes the biggest monsters you will face. With my childhood and family, anyone close to me knows that situation and the monsters I have faced in the past 5 or so years. This book would have shown me that I was strong enough to battle those monsters and come out just fine. I will always treasure this book.

4. Turtles all the way down by John Green Review

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I’ve struggled with the thoughts and having to check things 4 times or I won’t leave my house. I never seen my OCD represented in a book until I read this one. I was so happy to finally see someone just like me. I don’t have the bacteria thoughts like the Mc, mine are constant thoughts of something catching fire in my home. I went through a phase of straightening my hair for a while and I wouldn’t leave without checking the straightener 4 times and I would get so bad that I would finally go back in the house and get the straightener and take it with me. This book would have shown me that it was completely okay and I was weird or a freak.

5. The color Project by Sierra Abrahams Review

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Color Project was another one that represented anxiety for me and that it was completely okay. Bee was always overthinking what she said and constantly thinking she never did enough for Levi. My Teenage overthinking anxious would have appreciated this book. The color project would have especially helped me through high school because I constantly thought I always said or did the wrong thing. This one would have helped me to know that I was doing just fine and to stop worrying.

What five books would have helped you when you were younger? Would any of these have helped?

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6 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday – Books for my Younger self

  1. I can’t think of too many right now because that is a really heavy topic for me, but I think Vicious by V.E. Schwab would’ve been one of them. There’s a quote in there from Victor Vale, one of the main characters: “Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” It’s not a particularly cheery sentiment, but it would have helped me realize a lot sooner that not everyone is worthy of my thinking kindly of them. It is something I still struggle with because my first instinct is to always be kind, always think the best, and the world has taught me what Victor illustrates in that one sentence: not everyone that looks human is.

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      1. Yes. You might notice it was also the opening quote in The Savage Song, credited to V. Vale. 😉 Very sneaky, Schwab, very sneaky.

        Thank you. I still struggle with the instinct to be nice & trust thing, but the majority of incidents are in the past. I wish they were easier to leave there, but I work on it. 🙂

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      2. She is really good. Vicious is a spectacular novel so far. I’m about 25% of the way through and it really has an interesting way of introducing moral though, ethics, and more. There are some trigger warnings I’m taking note of, but I hope more people read it, especially with the sequel coming out next week.

        Thanks again! ❤

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