Books for My Younger Self

It’s 11 pm and I should be sleeping, but here I am. At least I don’t have school tomorrow – that means this isn’t an absolutely terrible decision…right? Only a semi-terrible one? Debatable. Let’s move on.

In an effort to continue posting somewhat consistently, I decided to browse the Internet and see if I could find something to write about. I stumbled across the Top 5 Wednesday page and voilà! I know it’s Thursday, nearly Friday at this point, but hey, better late than never. Pretty sure that’s my unofficial motto now.

This topic was described as books you wish you’d read when you were younger for any reason: a life lesson, a skill, to learn something about yourself, etc. Technically, only one of the books on my list was even released this time three years ago, but that’s not important. The general idea is that I love all of these books and I think they would’ve had an even bigger impact on my life if I’d been able to read them sooner.

  • Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
  • Unicorn Tracks by Julia Ember
  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
  • Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake

Vampire Academy wouldn’t have helped me, necessarily, but I really wish I hadn’t brushed this series off for so many years. Although with the brutal cliffhangers, it might not be so bad that I waited. 😉

As for the other four, are you sensing a theme? Because there’s definitely a theme: all four novels are queer. I never really thought about my identity in that way until I was fifteen because it wasn’t something I knew much about. Looking back, I never claimed the term straight, either. Over the past year or so, I’ve struggled with labeling my queerness. I know that’s not necessary, but it’s something I wanted for myself and just couldn’t figure out. Now I know and am comfortable with the fact that I’m demi, ace, and a lesbian, but I have a feeling that reading these books sooner would’ve sped up the process. I think they would’ve helped me overcome my self-doubt and reach this confident stage sooner. Although that might be the only thing I’m confident about.

Also, Unicorn Tracks has unicorns and queer girls. It’s the perfect book for me.

That’s all I’ve got regarding the Top 5 Wednesday prompt, but there are a couple of other little things I wanted to mention:

  1. I’m starting my very own solo book club! It’s called Spice Up the Shelf and I like to call it “a monthly book club with a twist.” If you’re interested, you can follow along on Twitter @spiceuptheshelf and join the Goodreads group. 🙂
  2. Today Heir of Glitter is officially three years old! I’ve definitely had my ups and downs over the years, but I think it’s safe to say that starting this blog is one of the best decisions I’ve made. I don’t want to make this too long, seeing as I’m cheesy enough every other day of the year, but I do want to genuinely thank all of you for the ongoing support you’ve shown me. Here’s to another year of books and bad puns! ❤

Tell me: are there any books you wish you’d read when you were younger? What do you like to see in a book club? I’d love to know! 🙂

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

sign off

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