Top 5 Wednesday #45: Books for my younger self


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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. Totally love your picks. I had the chance to read A Series of Unfortunate Events back in elementary, and in French, and I’m glad I did! Honestly, I think it would’ve been pretty cool if I was in that bandwagon of Harry Potter readers back in the day too. While I had purchased a couple of the books, I never followed it or found it to be THE series that would make me a bookworm for life like almost 99% of the people who read it when it first released! 😛


  2. HECK YES TO PERCY JACKSON! It’s such a fun, entertaining, and adventurous series. ♥ I wish I read it when I was way younger–maybe it could’ve gotten me to read at a younger age. I really liked Bridge to Terabithia as well. It was charming and very whimsical!


  3. Ohh so so many books for me. Especially Percy Jackson! I’m was 12 so the perfect age for PJO when the first book came out! And…never read them. (Actually I only really read old children’s classics as a kid and I’m SO annoyed. But that’s all that was in my house.) Also Harry Potter! I would’ve loved it way more back then! I totally grew up on Lemony Snicket though 😍 I’m sure that’s why my sense of humour is so weird now haha


  4. I’m totally with you about the Series of Unfortunate Events. I tried reading it as a younger person, but thought they were meh. I guess my acute sense of sarcasm had not developed yet because the Netflix series KILLS ME with its offbeat humor. And from what I can tell, the books are very similar in tone. Anyways, thanks for a great post 🙂


  5. Good old Percy Jackson, I absolutely love that series too Tasya but I was already an adult when it was released I think. As a teen, I really didn’t read much at all and was ore consumed by fashion and boys. It wasn’t until I was thirty two before I picked up a book again. I hope one day that the Percy Jackson films are remade and do justice to how incredible the books are. Great list Tasya ♡♡♡


  6. Great post, Tasya! 🙂 Percy Jackson and A Series of Unfortunate Events are books that should be on every kid’s TBR. Both of them taught me some much-needed lessons about family, friendship and loyalty. 🙂

    ~ Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks


  7. I definitely wish I had read Wonder and Percy Jackson when I was younger. I read both when I was around 17, and I *loved* them, but my younger self also needed great books like these. Not that I wasn’t reading some great books when I was a kid, but it was a lot more YA than MG. I did read around half of the novels in A Series of Unfortunate Events when I was around 12, and I ADORED them. Unfortunately, the rest of the series wasn’t published in Hungarian, and so I couldn’t continue back then. Now, I could obviously read in English, but I’m no longer interested – with the wonderful Netflix show I feel like I’m good. I can’t wait for the next season.

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques


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