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Top Ten Tuesday – (Five) Books I Wish I’d Read as a Child

Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This Tuesday’s prompt is Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child; I’m taking the liberty of interpreting ‘child’ loosely, and counting it as books I wish I’d read as a teenager, too!

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1. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
Starting straight away with something I wish I’d read as a teenager: Moxie! My world, if this book didn’t make me want to fist-pump and listen to Bikini Kill. It meant a lot to adult-me, and teen-me would’ve LIVED for it. I wish she’d had it.


2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Another book I wish I’d had as a teen; but as an older teen, and for very different reasons than Moxie. Like Fangirl‘s Cath, I also really struggled with being at college; it sent me spiralling into depression, and reading Fangirl some years afterwards made me ache, both for Cath and my seventeen-year-old self. Like Cath, I wrote to get through it, and threw myself into books I loved; I wish I’d had Fangirl to help me appreciate that there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel–even if it doesn’t look the way you might think.


3. The From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess series by Meg Cabot
On a much lighter note, and blending books I wish teen- and child-me had had: Meg Cabot’s latest Genovian offering! I devoured the Princess Diaries book when I was a teenager; and I wouldn’t change that experience, but in the interest of greed, I’d have taken the Middle Grade Princess Notebooks, too.

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4. Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter
Winterborne is Ally’s newest release, and her middle grade debut. I’m a huge fan of her YA series, but middle grade just isn’t my jam–so I wish I’d had this book at that age!

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5. My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
Like a lot of UK readers, Jacqueline Wilson was a staple of my childhood bookshelf. A few Christmases ago, my mom saw this new release and gifted it to me as a surprise–I read the whole thing before Boxing Day was over, and it was like both of us were transported back two decades. So I don’t necessarily wish I’d had this as a kid; this one is more like a gift from kid-me to adult-me.


Well, that sure got sentimental! What books would’ve been important to a younger you?

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