Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, the topic is actually: books I’d want my children to read. Now, I don’t actually know whether I ever want to have kids. And I thought it would be more interesting to show you what I hope my teenager(s) (or any teenager for that matter) would read. So let’s go!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // First of all, this book is hilarious. I listened to the audiobook, and it made me laugh out loud multiple times. Add that to the fact that it’s historical fiction + has (a bisexual main character + a PoC love interest and best friend + disability rep) + sexism throughout history is addressed = a book I’d want any teenager to read.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // I adore this book for multiple reasons. I love the body positivity, the relationship Molly and Cassie (they’re twins) have, their two moms and little brother, I love Reid, I love Cassie and Mina… Some of the side characters in this book identify as lesbian, bisexual and pansexual, and I love that this is not a story about them coming out. Not that we don’t need those stories too. But to just see them in loving, wonderful and happy relationships? That’s so important too. Most of all though, I love the body positivity and the fact that this is a book about a plus size girl who isn’t looking to lose weight in order to love herself.
All the Rage by Courtney Summers // This isn’t really a ‘pleasant’ book. This is a book that hits you in the face instead. Yet I think this is SUCH an important read for teenagers! It’s about a girl called Romy, who was raped by the ‘golden boy’ of her town. No one believes her. She’s bullied, ridiculed and above all, traumatized (obviously). This book addresses slut-shaming and victim blaming, and I think teenagers need to be aware of it.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // Again, I want teenagers to read this for multiple reasons. First: the main character is biracial and bisexual. What I love though is the conversation about asexuality and demisexuality. A- and demisexuality are so often overlooked and forgotten, and I think it’s important to be aware of them. Another aspect I think is interesting is its focus on education. Alice Oseman addresses that university/college is not necessarily the right path for everyone and that it has nothing to do with intelligence. It’s just about what you love, and what you want to do.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne // I was lucky enough to meet Holly Bourne and get my book signed by her. I also told her how much I loved it, and how I think it’s an incredibly powerful and important read. This is the story of Evie, who goes to college (UK – so not university) after recovering from a serious episode of her OCD. She makes friends, talks about feminism, wants to have a boyfriend…She wants to be “normal”. This is therapy and medication positive, which I can’t highlight enough.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Will I ever make a favorites list that doesn’t include this book? NOPE. I think it’s a wonderful read for teenagers because they get to experience a (familiar, for a lot of people) story with a gay romance. I love Achilles and Patroclus so much…
Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo // Back at it with the fantasy recommendations. I know that so many people recommend this book to others. For good reason though. Is it perfect? Of course not. It’s a great fantasy/heist story about a group of thieves. But it also talks about body positivity, PTSD, disability, etc. Not to mention Jesper & Wylan’s adorable romance. Seriously, those two will be the death of me.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // I read this book a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. And I need every single person to read it. Understood?
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // I don’t think reading this is too much to ask of anyone considering it’s only 50 pages long. It’s a great speech about feminism and its misconceptions.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin // You might feel a bit confused about this one, because it’s not quite the same tone as the previous 9 picks. But I’d want anyone to give the fantasy genre a try -especially if they were my own children. And I’d want them to join me on a journey of reading fantasy written by PoC authors. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is an incredible read, and I want everyone to try it.
What do you think of my choices? Do you agree/disagree? Which books would you want your teenager (or any teenager ever) to read?