Top 5 Wednesday #45: Books for my younger self


Welcome to another top 5 wednesday! Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Samantha and Lainey! You can check the group here for more discussions and topic.

Rather than books that would teach me things/open me to new perspective, I would like to list some books that I wished to read when I was young or at least younger. When I was a kid, I didn’t have as many knowledge of children’s books as much as I am now, and I find myself struggling to catch up with all the children’s books I want to read

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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Okay, I’ve been seeing this book literally everywhere! And yes, I’ve seen the movie too and no, not the netflix one. But I haven’t read this series, not even one book and it kinda saddens me because it feels like I’m missing something fun and magical that exists in other people’s childhood.

I’m trying to get to the series someday, but I don’t think it’s happening anytime soon 😞

Percy Jackson

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Another one I’ve seen the movie before I’ve read the book. While I’m now all caught up with the series (with the exception of The Burning Maze), I wish I could read this book when I was younger, especially with PJO. I bet it would drove my interest towards greek mythology into overdrive!


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This one is an impossible one for me to read when I was younger as I was already in my teens when this book was released. But I wish books like Wonder exist in my childhood. It’s a book that is so full of positivity: compassion, friendship, perseverance, and more. I wish this book is a required reading for children.

Bridge to Terabithia

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I’m all for friendship books when I was younger, so I felt kinda sad to missed out on The Bridge to Terabithia. I know that even if I read/watch it now I would still cry, but at the same time I’m afraid that I wouldn’t enjoy it (I don’t like children 😶)- which is why I haven’t touched the book until now.

Tuck Everlasting

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I still enjoyed it when I read it recently, but the story felt kinda boring at first, and I think my younger self would appreciate it even more. I admit that if I read it when I was younger, the ending wouldn’t hit me as hard as it did so I guess there’s some positive side of me reading it when I was older…

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What books do you wish you could read when you were younger?


36 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday #45: Books for my younger self

  1. I wished I had read the whole Series of Unfortunate Events when I was younger too. I only read one book from the series until today, and now that I’m older I’ve kind of lost interest.


    1. Glad you enjoyed it Angela! I’m both terrified and pessimistic with Bridge to Terabithia. On one side, a lot of adults I know are bawling but on the other side… it’s a children book, will the emotions hit me that hard?? We’ll see though 😉


  2. Ahhh Bridge to Terabithia. That movie made me cry so, so hard haha. I haven’t read the book and I don’t know if I will, I don’t know if I am ready to relive these emotions haaha 🙂 Great list! 😀


  3. I am crying over here, because I saw Bridge to Terabithia. I am sorry, I will never get over that book. Like ever. Wonder was amazing. I pimp that book to everyone, because it was just so beautiful.


  4. I’ve never read the book version of Bridge to Terabithia, but I’ve seen the movie adaptation (twice) and cried (both times that I’ve watched it). It’s one of those stories where I don’t remember exactly why I cried… but still feel the bittersweet aftertastes of the story. And A Series of Unfortunate Events was such a huge part of my childhood!

    There’s another series called The Sister’s Grimm by Michael Buckley that is pretty awesome, and I adored those books as a child. The story is full of different spins on classic fairy tale characters and stories, so if you’re into that, I would totally recommend reading the series. Great picks, Tasya!


  5. Love your spin on this! I feel the same about SO many books- like Harry Potter, for example- that I think I would have ADORED as a young person, but was too old to appreciate when they came out. Like, NOW I am reading HP, but it would have been cool for little me to have been able to hah.


  6. I first read PJO when I was in middle school and I fell in love with RR ever since!! You should read all of his books!! ToA is incredibly hillarious!!


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