Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where we get to feed that part of our soul that loves lists, by coming up with 10 things related to a certain topic. Top Ten Tuesday was originally created by The Broke and Bookish) and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future topics can be found here. This weeks topic is:
Books For My Younger Self
Give me stories of girls putting their friends first, stories that make me think, stories that make me grow. I’m actually not sure if I would have appreciated these if I had of read them as a teen, but I’d like to think they would have left a similar mark on me. Oh and I have only selected 8 for this one.
All The Rage by Courtney Summers – I happened to read this when we had a massive news story about a woman who was walking home from a night with friends and was brutally raped and killed in an alley. So much of the news, opinion pieces and the general chatter I was hearing was “Why did she walk through the alley?”. The book really helped me look at the ingrained thought processes we seem to have, that I realised I had. It was always easier to blame the victim and that’s what everyone seems to do. I remember a conversation had at the time a woman said “I know someone who was falsely accused, so I don’t believe when people say they have been raped.” All I could think was “That right there is why women don’t come forward.” If you haven’t read All The Rage yet, please do. It’s often an emotionally hard read, but it is a must read. Like all of Courtney Summers books, it’s an important read.
The Ship Of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar – This book was an absolute joy. It was fun, exciting and hilarious. A group of female pirates on a magic ship, found family, a treasure hunt, sea battles and more in the most beautiful setting. Possibly my favourite book tour book so far. I needed more books about women supporting women in my life.
Silverlegs by Camilla Monk – I read a lot of grimdark type fantasy. This is one I found on NetGalley and not only was it dark and brutal, I absolutely loved that the main character was female. I love seeing women in the lead in fantasy books. I never hear people talk about this one, which is criminal, it’s a great addition to any dark fantasy lovers bookshelf. Teenage me would have adored this one.
Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen – This book is exactly what younger me would have loved and ten times better than anything I was reading in my teens. It’s full of monsters, the setting is weird west and it’s incredibly diverse. It’s clever and I loved it.
The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke – It’s pretty clear I have a thing for books with woman mcs and this one is full of them. It was such a refreshing read and I think younger me would have loved it to. It might have helped me get out of my pnr habit a little earlier. (Yes I still read pnr, but I also read other genres.)
The Cows by Dawn O’Porter – Rather different from my other reads this book delves into the dark side of social media with a compelling, well written story that captivated me from start to finish. Younger me is pretty lucky that social media wasn’t a big deal, but I think this would have been a great reminder before I got into it that not everything is what it seems. It talks about women and the roles they seem to have been forced into and what can happen if you don’t want to fit the mould.
Uprooted by Naomi Novik – One of my first retellings, I just found this book to have a lot more to offer than a lot of others of similar genre and target audience. I think younger me would have loved it, although adult me probably appreciates it more.
Pushing The Limits by Kurt Fearnley – This was such a moving read. Kurt Fearnley is an amazing athlete. His story and attitude is worth a read and I wish everyone would have a look.