A Reading List for My Younger Self

A Reading List for My Younger Self

Posted on May 14 by admin
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When I see a teenager with their face stuck in a book I’m so envious!

These days I read as much as I can manage. But as a teen, circumstances conspired to make me a huge bookworm: I lived in a small town where nothing happened; my parents both worked and didn’t force me into after school programs or summer camps, and I was pretty much a loner. Not to mention that there wasn’t anything else on earth that I would rather be doing.

As I grow older it seems my relationship with what I read has become less profound: I don’t get as wrapped up in what I’m reading as often. I think the obvious reason is that I’m a lot more distracted with work, big-city life, and not being a total loner anymore. But more than that, I think that I’m just a lot more skeptical and less receptive than I was. I am also pickier about the people that I let in, and that includes fictional characters. That may be a protective mechanism, but it comes at the expense of entire literary worlds.

There are a handful of books each year that enchant me, which I think is pretty normal for an adult. That’s why there’s something really special about the words “teen fiction”. They’re loaded, for me, with that nostalgic feeling of being a 12-year-old mind still open enough to walk through the looking glass again and again.

Dundurn has some great new and forthcoming teen titles that I wish I could send to my younger self.  I would probably have gotten sucked into Second Chances, by Brenda Chapman, and The Baby Experiment, by Anne Dublin, and The Oak Island Family, by Lee Lamb. I would also send a note to my younger self not to ruin my eyes reading in such poor light! But my younger self probably wouldn’t listen.

What books would you send to your teenage self?