Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly series created by Bionic Book Worm and is now hosted by Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic: Top 5 Books You Wish You Had Read When You Were Younger.
All of my books are ones I read a few years after their release (a few decades in the case of another) and are ones I wished I’d pushed myself to read earlier so I could’ve enjoyed them at the height of their fame. It’s still fun to read books that were once popular but have since fallen, but nothing compares to being able to read a book that everyone is talking about and loving it too. Here are a few of mine:
1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I didn’t read this book until 3 years after its release. Scarlet, its sequel, had already been published in fact. At the time, I had recently gotten my first e-reader ever and the publisher had released the first five chapters of this book for free to entice readers to purchase the full book. Well, it definitely worked on me and I flew through its pages. I was fascinated by its blend of dystopian and sci-fi. I was shocked that retellings could actually do the original story justice and make me love them too. I’m glad I was able to be there for the hype of Cress‘s release but I still wish I’d picked this book up sooner.
2. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
It took me four years to read this book. I actually didn’t even know of its existence until I joined BookTube circa 2016 (I only made videos for about a year under a different name). Queen of Shadows was about to be released and I watched videos of people I followed who reviewed and raved about it even though I had no connection to the story. Their feedback made me want to give the series a try. Although I do prefer her A Court of Thorns and Roses series to this one, Throne of Glass was my first introduction to the thrill of reading about faeries and high fantasy (I only read contemporary and dystopian previously). If I’d known about it sooner, I would’ve been able to find my current favorite genre and enjoyed so many more good books earlier in life.
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Unlike the others I’ve mentioned so far, I actually read Gone Girl only a year after its release so not too shabby, but I wish that this book had been written and published sooner. (Also I preferred the movie to the book). Beware of spoilers in this paragraph if you’ve never read the book or seen the movie! There’s so many twisted things I love about this book. Amy’s elaborate plan to fake her own death and implicate her husband. Nick’s ploy to draw Amy back once he’d figured out what she had done. The horribly twisted yet intriguing ending of Nick actually wanting to stay with Amy. It’s one of those books that really makes you think and I love that about it.
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is such a well-done book. It’s compelling and thought-provoking. Empathy-inducing while also making you kind of hate some of the characters at the same time. I never gave this book a chance until I was participating in a spooky-themed read-a-thon because I thought I would only prefer more romantic classics. I was proven wrong with this and vastly enjoyed it. I think if I had read this when I was younger, it would’ve prompted me to really think about situations from others’ perspectives which I did very little of as a teen. It might be odd to say that I think a classic horror novel would’ve made a positive impact on me growing up but I feel that way regardless.
5. The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver
At its publishing date, I had stopped reading for pleasure for a couple years due to school constraints (the very same reason I disappeared from this blog for so long as well. I have a Bachelor’s degree now though!). Reading this book and its sequels got me back into reading. It was my first dystopian read ever and I quickly fell in love with the genre. I’m still a bit sad nothing really ever came of the television show. Although I had a good reason to step back from pleasure reading at the time, I still wish I had been able to read this sooner so that I could’ve gotten back into reading again at a younger age.