Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Books for My Younger Self (Pt. 2?)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book blog meme now hosted by Jana over at The Artsy Reader Girl!

This week's topic is:  Books for My Younger Self

I though this topic seemed familiar when I saw it and I found that I did make a post last year where I talked about books I wished I read as a kid. In that one, I had a mix of books I'd read and hadn't read yet, so this time I'm focusing on books I've already read in the recent past couple years. These are all books that I have loved reading as an adult, but that I know the younger version of me would've also loved diving into as a kid.

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip
I just recently read this one and thought it was so beautiful! I feel like I would've had an even better time reading it had I done so when I was younger and still forming as a younger reader.

Summary: "Young Sybel, the heiress of powerful wizards, needs the company of no-one outside her gates. In her exquisite stone mansion, she is attended by exotic, magical beasts: Riddle-master Cyrin the boar; the treasure-starved dragon Gyld; Gules the Lyon, tawny master of the Southern Deserts; Ter, the fiercely vengeful falcon; Moriah, feline Lady of the Night. Sybel only lacks the exquisite and mysterious Liralen, which continues to elude her most powerful enchantments.

But when a soldier bearing an infant arrives, Sybel discovers that the world of man and magic is full of both love and deceit—and the possibility of more power than she can possibly imagine.

The Wendy (Tales of the Wendy, #1)

The Wendy by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown
I love retellings, and I think the messages from this one and the unique twist on certain elements would've really impressed younger me!

Summary: "London. 1789. More than anything in the world, Wendy Darling wants to be the captain of a ship, but women aren't allowed in the Royal Navy. When she learns the Home Office is accepting a handful of women into its ranks, she jumps at the chance, joining the fight against the most formidable threat England has ever faced. Magic.

But the secret service isn't exactly what she hoped. Accompanied by a reimagined cast of the original Peter Pan, Wendy soon discovers that her dreams are as far away as ever, that choosing sides isn't as simple as she thought, and that the only man who isn't blinded by her gender might be the worst friend anyone could ask for.

Anyone, that is, except Wendy Darling. "

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall
This is a super fun pirate-y adventure story that I know I would've loved getting immersed in.

Summary: "Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora the girl takes on the identity of Florian the man to earn the respect and protection of the crew. For Flora, former starving urchin, the brutal life of a pirate is about survival: don’t trust, don’t stick out, and don’t feel. But on this voyage, as the pirates prepare to sell their unsuspecting passengers into slavery, Flora is drawn to the Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, who is en route to a dreaded arranged marriage with her own casket in tow. Flora doesn’t expect to be taken under Evelyn’s wing, and Evelyn doesn’t expect to find such a deep bond with the pirate Florian.

Soon the unlikely pair set in motion a wild escape that will free a captured mermaid (coveted for her blood, which causes men to have visions and lose memories) and involve the mysterious Pirate Supreme, an opportunistic witch, and the all-encompassing Sea itself.

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend
This is one of the most fun and inventive middle grade books to come out in the past few years (among many others!) and I know this would've been such a huge hit with me as a kid. There is so much to explore in this world and the entire story is so immersive and also has some great lessons and darker themes that I know would've drawn me to it.

Summary: "A cursed girl escapes death and finds herself in a magical world - but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor."


Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy
I love adventure/explorer stories and this one absolutely fits the mold. This probably would've been a huge hit for me.

Summary: "Arthur and Maudie Brightstorm receive devastating news: their famous explorer father has died in a failed attempt to reach South Polaris. To make matters worse, the Lontown Geographical Society finds Ernest Brightstorm guilty of sabotaging the expedition of his competitor, Eudora Vane. But a mysterious clue leads the twins to question the story they’ve been told—and to uncover the truth, they must undertake the journey of a lifetime."

Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1)

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
I'm not sure what I would've done if I knew that these darker Alice retellings existed when I was a kid, but I know I would've been so hooked on this trilogy in particular.

Summary: "This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.

This is not a story of happily ever after.

This is the story of the Queen of Hearts."

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
The imaginative world-building and sheer inventiveness of this book would've been so amazing to me as a kid, I just know this would've been one of those books that I would always look back on in awe.

Summary:  "The gods are dead. Decades ago, they turned on one another and tore each other apart. Nobody knows why. But are they really gone forever? When 15-year-old Hark finds the still-beating heart of a terrifying deity, he risks everything to keep it out of the hands of smugglers, military scientists, and a secret fanatical cult so that he can use it to save the life of his best friend, Jelt. But with the heart, Jelt gradually and eerily transforms. How long should Hark stay loyal to his friend when he’s becoming a monster—and what is Hark willing to sacrifice to save him?"

Greenglass House (Greenglass House #1)
Greenglass Hosue
This was such a fun little closed-room cozy mystery-sort of book that I think I would've liked.

Summary: "It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and themselves.

The House in the Cerulean Sea
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
I'm pretty sure this would be amazing at any age, and I know the lessons would be so great for any age as well.

Summary: "Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he's given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days." 

A Face Like Glass
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

This book is so whimsical and dark at the same time and young me would've lost her mind at it. This is definitely one of those that would stick in my head and always inspires good feelings.

Summary: "In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price.

Have you read any of these? What books do you think your younger self would've loved?


  1. I haven't read any of these, but I wonder if I would have been into fantasy books when I was a kid. Even then, I read a lot of contemporary stuff!

  2. Oh, I would have loved The Forgotten Beasts of Eld as a child!

    My post .

  3. I really enjoyed reading your post Jordan. Here is my post-https://paigesofbook.blogspot.com/2020/09/top-ten-tuesday-books-for-my-younger.html.

  4. My daughter LOVED Green Glass House (and she's a kid), so I know you would be right about that one.

  5. There are several on your list I want to read now, as an adult! A Face Like Glass and Deeplight most of all😁