Words of Advice

Today is day 22 of Rosalilium’s Blog Every Day in May challenge. Yes, that’s right, I’ve blogged for 22 days in a row! The prompt for today’s post is: If you could talk to your thirteen year-old self, what would you say?

If I were to meet up with my thirteen year-old self, I’d give her a list of books to read. These books may never become her absolute favourites, but they’ll teach her some important life lessons, that will definitely come in handy during the tumultuous teenage years to come.

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen: Some people are just plain crazy. And yes, I’m talking about your mother. Just grin and bear it for a couple more years, then you’ll be able to flee the country. Literally.

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell: Life can be really, really hard and there are times when you’ll have to do the unappealing just to survive. People aren’t always going to like you and you just have to be ok with that. Appreciate your loved ones while they’re around, because they won’t be forever, and NEVER steal your sister’s man.

Tara Road by Maeve Binchy: Don’t be afraid to do something completely impulsive every now and again. Sometimes you just have to go for it!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Never play around with other people’s feelings. Love triangles belong in soaps and they will NEVER END WELL.

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume: Real friendships are always complicated. Sometimes they’ll take over your life in a good way, but sometimes you just need to walk away from the drama.

Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott:  Families are MESSY, especially yours. You might not find ‘home’ in the place you expect to, but you’ll end up exactly where you’re meant to be!

Pirates by Celia Rees:  Girls kick arse, but you already know this. Just remember it’s always safer to stick together.

As an unapologetic bookworm, I’ve probably learnt everything I need to know from the pages of books and I can’t see that ever-changing. If you had to recommend a book to a younger you, which would you pick?

D x


One thought on “Words of Advice

  1. I would give her a hug first…and tell her to step back and take a breath…to not take everything bad that happens and turn it into an unchangeable, earth shaking, life shattering catastrophe! I’d tell her to keep reading the thickest books she can find in the library…that Dickens still rules…want to know about life in the pits…read Dickens! A Tale of Two Cities is a good one to learn about TRUE love and self-sacrifice…as is Little Dorrit…and Bleak House. Books like Little Women, National Velvet, The Yearling, Girl of the Limberlost, Heidi and so many others were written for girls and have so many lessons to teach…read them and learn. Above all enjoy the adventure that life and books bring!

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