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Today’s prompt is:
9 March: Top 5 books I wish I had read when I was younger!
There are so many books I wish I could have read when I was younger; not middle grade books per ce, but books that would have helped me understand things a little bit sooner than I did.
1. Percy Jackson, by Rick Riordan
If I’d read these books younger I’d be waaaay sassier than I am now, and I can’t say that would be an entirely good thing but I’d be here for it! (even if those around me and my PARENTS wouldn’t be hehe)
2. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Do I need words? This choice may be a cliche, but it’s a well deserved one. I read the book while I was in unersity and even though I had acquired some knowledge on the history of racism and racial thinking, THUG was still and eye opener. Imagine if I’d read it while I was still at school.
3. Foul Is Fair, by Hannah Capin
Even though this is a very dark, and a very difficult read, as it deals with topics such as rape, I would have still liked to have read it when I was a little younger. I think the brutality and honesty of the author would have given me the shake I needed to believe more in myself and my abilities as a woman and not as an object always trying to achieve perfection for the male gaze aka patriarchy’s victim. All in all, f!ck ’em boys!
4. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, by Eric Lindstrom
Ah, this is a topic I’ve never discussed in the blog, but I’ve been struggling with mental illness for a long time, and A Tragic Kind of Wonderful is a book that would have given me hope and prepared me a little for what’s to come. It’s been long since I last read it, but I remember loving the way bipolar disorder was handled, the author had obviously done his research and I specifically remember liking the way there was hope, that among the ugliness there was also beauty.
5. Summer Bird Blue, by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Firstly the writing is beautiful and knowing me, I would have loved that and secondly and most importantly, from this book I learned about asexuality, something which when I was younger was not even in the scope of things that could exist. It would be very eye opening for young Marianna and maybe would have sped up some inner processes.