I’m not sure how young I should go with this one. My middle and high school years held a ton of paranormal romance. Love triangle galore. Vampires and werewolves and witches and zombies had my heart. After that, it was the dystopian genre that held my attention for about a minute and a half and then I went back to my supernatural stories. I think high school Leah needed to break out of that comfort zone a little bit. I think I would have also enjoyed some contemporary romance had I not been such an angsty “goth kid.”
I also think I would have loved some graphic novels, had I not been too shy to read them in public. So, my last five books:
- Giant Days by John Allison
- Wonder Woman by Meredith Finch
- Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
- Spell on Wheels by Kate Leth
- Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
I know I would have absolutely loved anything by Sarah J. Maas, Susan Dennard, and Leigh Bardugo (although I think Ninth House would have gone directly over my head). The Truthwitch series and the Grishaverse are right up my high school self’s alley. And, high school Leah didn’t really read fantasy. So I think that these authors would have been a good place to start.
One thing that I’ve noticed that a lot of these books have in common are women with agency. Women and young girls who know how to kick butt when necessary. And, I think younger me would have appreciated that. I think high school Leah needed a little confidence and the bubbly happy feeling that goes along with a good, cozy contemporary romance.
Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.images from goodreads
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Great list! I would have loved Giant Days and Lumberjanes as well! (still do haha)