TTT: Books I Wish I Had Read As a Teen

Hello, I`m Carmen, a 30-year-old first-time mum that loves reading YA, regardless of the genre. Want to know the interesting part? I`ve actually started reading YA in my late 20s. I don`t know if it`s because I`m a late bloomer or the fact that libraries in Romania were filled with classics, but my first YA books were a breath of fresh air. And although not everything is a 5-star read, I`ll always enjoy reading YA books. And today I want to talk about some novels that I would have loved even more if I`d read them as a teen.

"The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
I`ve read my fair share of John Green novels, and almost all of them were a miss. And yet, TFIOS remains one of my all-time favourite novels. I can still remember every emotion I`ve felt, and how people were staring because I was crying like an idiot on a bus. Yes, I had the bad inspiration of reading it during a long bus drive. I know many consider it pretentious, but the truth is, I was pretentious like that as well. I am not here to enforce the "not like the other girls stereotype", but it was hard connecting with my peers. One day maybe I will talk about the problems regarding the school system in Romania, but for now, let`s just say that reading did not make you cool. Though I suppose that sadly it`s like this in many schools.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
Same as the above, this beautiful coming of age story would have made me feel less insecure. Actually, I wish I`d had read every coming of age story when I needed them the most. I still enjoy them, but back then they would have helped me more. Oh well, my baby girl will at least have a long recommendations lists when she`s older.

"We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I`ve started considering myself a feminist after my first year of Uni, where I took two classes on feminism. I mean, I`ve always felt that girls are not treated fairly, but those classes helped shape my views. They made me understand more about society, and how different expectations are for women. But this little book does that as well, in simpler terms. It`s short but poignant.

"The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare
Most of you are aware that I`m not Cassandra Clare`s biggest fan. I think that her books are overhyped, and I am so tired of her Mary-Sue protagonists, that fall for the jerk with a dark past. That being said, I think that I would have enjoyed her books a lot more when I was younger. Now I`m more of a critical reader, although I always try to remember that I`m reading from the POV of a teen. But as an annoying teen myself, I might have related more? 

"To All The Boys I`ve Loved Before" trilogy by Jenny Han
This is a trilogy that I like, but not love. Like I said above, it`s harder to relate now. But back when I was 17? I was exactly like Lara Jean. I even sent a letter to a friend I had a crush on, telling him how hard it is to still be his friend when I liked him. My younger self and Lara would have been bffs.

"Six of Crows" by Leigh Bardugo
My parents should have read this book to me as a baby, I don`t care that it wasn`t even published back then. If you know me, you know I adore this duology. And I just wish I would have discovered it earlier, cause it quickly turned into my comfort read. 

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
This is one of my favourite series, but I think it would have been even more impactful reading it as a teen. I`ve spent my high school year reading classics, which was educating, but I also missed on characters I could relate. Having Katniss as a role model? Kick-ass.

What are some of the books you wish you would recommend to your younger self?

* TTT is a weekly meme/feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.


  1. We Should All Be Feminists is a great pick.

    My post .

  2. All of these would have been fun to read as a teen, but they weren't bad as an adult either. Nice list!

  3. Same. When I was a kid, there really weren't many YA books to read. A whole bunch of them came out when I was in my 20s and 30s, so that's when I started reading them. Some of them still feel way too young, but there are lots of them that I've enjoyed a lot. Glad you have as well!

    Happy TTT!