While I think this week’s prompt (Books to Give ____ as Gifts) was intended to provide people with Christmas present ideas, I decided to use it as a chance to reflect on my recent reads and the impact they’ve had on me.
Five Books I Would Gift to My Younger Self
All book titles link to my reviews!
1. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
This story destroyed me emotionally, but it was also incredibly uplifting, managing to change my perspective on love somewhat. I know seeing a gay love story with mental health representation would’ve meant the world to me when I was younger.
2. the princess saves herself in this one by Amanda Lovelace
My whole life I’ve never gotten on with poetry, but the second I read this collection I finally understood. Not only would the subject matter covered inside have meant a lot to me, I believe this book could’ve changed my views on poetry completely.
3. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Another point for LGBTQ+ representation, but I love this book mainly for the artistic struggles it shows. I know when I first started taking art seriously I struggled a lot, and having this story to show me the true purpose of creativity would’ve helped me a lot.
4. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
I wish this book had been my introduction to Epic Fantasy. After struggling through the first couple books of the ASOIAF series I was almost ready to give up on the genre altogether, deciding it wasn’t for me. When I found The Final Empire I was amazed at what epic fantasy could be, and instantly had a new favourite novel.
5. The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
This book takes an in-depth look at rape culture, sexuality, feminism, and so many other important subjects. I would urge it on any young person.