Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations for my daughter
This week is a freebie week, so to celebrate it being exactly four weeks since I gave birth – phew, time has flown! – I decided I’d talk about the ten books that I’m going to recommend to my daughter when she’s old enough. I’m a huge reader (if you hadn’t guessed…) so I’m hoping that she’ll inherit my bookworm tendencies, but if she doesn’t I’ll be satisfied if she just reads these few novels.
10) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Last year, I decided to challenge myself to read all of Jane Austen’s novels. While Pride and Prejudice isn’t my favourite, it’s one of those books that everyone talks about. I wish I’d read it earlier, and I’d definitely recommend it to my daughter as a way to get her into reading classics.
9) Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
I wouldn’t be recommending this one until she was quite a bit older, because the content is harrowing, but it’s an important book which – sadly – is likely to remain relevant in the future.
8) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If I’d read Fangirl when I was considering going to university, I probably would have taken the leap and gone far earlier. There aren’t enough YA novels in university settings, but Cath and Wren manage to represent the opposite ends of the university experience and make it far less scary.
7) Countless by Karen Gregory
Partially because Karen Gregory is from Swindon and it’s cool to celebrate local authors, partially because it’s one of the strongest debut novels I’ve ever read.
6) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is the book I wish I’d had in my early teens. It helped me accept my sexuality and own who I truly am, and I hope that it’ll do the same for my daughter. It’ll also show her that I’ll accept her, no matter who she likes or wants to be with.
5) The Collector by John Fowles
I didn’t think classics could be fun and exciting until I read The Collector, and it’s a great gateway drug into older books.
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a remarkably short book, so even if my daughter doesn’t like reading she should be able to force herself to get through this one! I loved it because it’s an easy read with a serious topic at heart, and it made me want to grab life by the balls.
3) Looking For Alaska by John Green
I have a love/hate relationship with John Green, but I loved Looking For Alaska. She’s bound to try a John Green novel sometime, so I hope she’ll pick up Green’s debut novel and enjoy it as much as I did.
2) The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Again, I wish I’d had this book in my teenage years. I’m going to teach my daughter not to take shit from anyone, but this book will really support that teaching and show her that guys who call themselves nice normally aren’t.
1) Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
I’ve been reading the Murder Most Unladylike series over the past couple of months, and I haven’t been able to stop wondering how great it would have been to grow up with these books. As soon as I start reading to my daughter before bed, I’m going to be buying copies of the Murder Most Unladylike books and introducing her to the wonderful world of Wells and Wong.
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I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! What one book do you find yourself constantly recommending to people?