Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This is my first Top 10 Tuesday post, and this week the theme is Book for My Younger Self (These could be books you wish you had read as a child, books younger you could have really learned something from, books that meshed with your hobbies/interests, books that could have helped you go through events/changes in your life, etc.)
1) Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. This is such a great, feminist book for teens that I wish I had when I was growing up. It’s about a girl called Vivian who is sick of her sexist football loving school who tries to change things. Give this book to angry girls and women. It’s wonderful and profound.
2) Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen. There definitely weren’t many YA books with a comfortable gay protagonist when I was growing up. This one felt particularly real to me with it’s exploration of growing pains and working out who you are and who you want to be, outgrowing people you’ve known your whole lives etc.
3) You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson. Another f/f romance about two girls competing for the same scholarship – I wish this one had been around when I was in high school. Liz Lighty is such a great role model for girls who have big dreams doing everything they can to achieve them. I love it a lot!
4) Loveless by Alice Oseman. This one would have been great to have whilst I was at university. There is such a market gap for books set at British universities and it would have been great to read about someone who struggled with the transition too. Georgia is also asexual which is also great rep that didn’t exist when I was in my teens.
5) Radio Silence by Alice Oseman. Alice making this list again because she really does understand being a teenager. This one came out in 2016 when I was in my final year of university – but I wish it had been out 4 years earlier when I was doing my A-levels and making decisions that would affect the rest of my life. It is a very real portrayal of academic pressure, and I think it would have done me good to have it on my shelves back then.
6) Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez. This is the YA book about girls playing football that I never knew I wanted! It gave me so much nostalgia for when I was really into the sport, watching the Champions League with my Grandad before it moved off regular TV. The main character Camila is an excellent role model, particularly when it came to handling her romance with childhood best friend Diego. You can read my review here.
7) Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I finished this one recently and it absolutely makes this list. It contains all the YA fantasy tropes that I love but is elevated by the way it handles Black history in America. It slaps in the best of ways and I highly recommend it. You can read my review right here.
8) Kicking Off by Eve Ainsworth. Another relatively recent read, this is a great book for younger audiences – again, about football. I would have a loved a story like this when I was pre-teen, especially because it has great female role models for the main character. Hettie.
9) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This would have been an education for clueless teenage me. When Starr’s friend is shot by a police officer right in front of her after doing nothing wrong, all her worst nightmares happen right before her eyes. This book should be taught in schools to educate on the pain that Black people experience every day. One of the best books of all time, no doubt.
10). I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest. I’ve always been fascinated by dance and this one would have really appealed to me as a teen, as it does now. Chloe’s Mum forbids her to apply to a dance conservatory but she does so anyway. It has some really important lessons about going after your dreams and failure and I highly recommend it.
This was a really interesting Top Ten Tuesday to think about. Have you read any of the books above? Link me your Top Ten post in the comments!