Top Ten Tuesday: Books for My Younger Self

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish back 2010 before moving to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It’s born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books I wish had been available…

  • The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurleythis would have blown my mind, opened my eyes, and allowed me to see myself (all of myself) in a story
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha ShannonI can only imagine the impact this would have had as a beacon of feminine light on my epic fantasy shelves
  • Silver by Darcy Abrielthis is a book that blew my mind when I read it, and which I wish I’d found during my sci-fi years
  • Stealing Thunder by Alina Boydenthis is a book I’d spent decades hoping somebody would write, a story that would have spoken so loudly to young me

Books I wish I’d read sooner…

  • The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewellingto think that Tobin’s story was right there waiting for me all along, that I could have shared their story sooner . . . wow, talk about TBR bookshelf regrets
  • Raptor by Gary JenningsI scavenged this from a used bookstore because of the history, letting it sit on the shelves for decades, never appreciating who Thorn was
  • Sing the Four Quarters by Tanya Huffsome books you’re just not ready to appreciate, but the story here, the relationships, the themes, I wish I’d discovered them sooner
  • A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel KayI avoided this for years, kind of miffed that Kay had abandoned his epic fantasy roots, but goddamn what a magnificent book this is

Books I wish I’d never read…

  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisI’ve never despised the end of a saga so much, never had such disgust for an author, I wish I could get back that wasted time and have read something from the lists above instead
  • Strange Highways by Dean Koontzthis collection, specifically ‘Twilight of the Dawn’ and it’s preachy patronizing, is where I first felt the pain of shifting a favorite author to the do-not-read list

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  1. You know, I have seen the art for The Bone Doll’s Twin but I never knew what book it went to before! I’ve only read one of the Quarters books by Huff but I keep meaning to get back to that series.

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