I own quite a lot of books, two bookshelves full actually. Some I’ve hated, some I’ve liked but there’s only been a few that’s really stood out. Today I thought I’d share with you all my favourite books, the ones that I can read over and over without ever getting bored.
A Tale For The Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying, but before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in a ways she can scarcely imagine.
Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
When I first read this book in university I could not put it down. I read it while standing waiting for the train, on the train, resulting in me nearly missing my stop every day, sneakily in class, on breaks and more recently at work on slow days. It’s the only book where I stayed up till 4 in the morning finishing it. It’s beautifully written and really made me think about my life and how I was spending my time.
Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever
Never has a book series made me cry as much as Vampire Academy. This has been my favourite series since I was 16 years old. I could not get enough of it. After I finished the third book, and realised I didn’t have the fourth, I had a complete breakdown in front of my mother who immediately went out and bought the fourth book for me…which I read in a day. I was, and still am, obsessed with this series.
The movie and the way it was marketed was a huge disappointment. I watched the first five minutes and had to turn it off, refusing to ever attempt watching it again. So if you’ve seen the movie and wasn’t a fan, don’t let that discourage you from reading the books because they are amazing and Richelle Mead is an incredible writer.
The Selection – Keira Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
First of all can we all appreciate how beautiful the cover for this book is?! I read this series last year and completely fell in love with it. I believe I read the entire series in a week, which for me is pretty fast. It has got some pretty bad reviews, some of which I can understand. Maxon wasn’t exactly Prince Charming and there were parts that were pretty sexist. Overall though I really enjoyed the story, characters, world and the spin-off/last couple books where the roles where reversed and they did a Selection for the princess. It’s one of those books that people either love or hate but either way I would recommend it.
Morganville Vampires – Rachel Caine
College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?
This is another series that I read when I was a teenager and loved. It’s definitely the longest series I’ve ever read, with 15 books in total, but each one is fun, action packed with amazing characters. Even the villains I grew to love, Oliver very quickly became my favourite. In my opinion Claire Danvers is someone that young girls can look up to, I certainly did, she’s smart, brave, independent, down to earth and completely relatable. Just writing this post is making want to re-read the entire series.
We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other.
Rosemary is now an only child, but she used to have a sister the same age as her, and an older brother. Both are now gone – vanished from her life. There’s something unique about Rosemary’s sister, Fern. And it was this decision, made by her parents, to give Rosemary a sister like no other, that began all of Rosemary’s trouble. So now she’s telling her story: full of hilarious asides and brilliantly spiky lines, it’s a looping narrative that begins towards the end, and then goes back to the beginning. Twice.
So I decided not to use the Goodreads description for this book because it completely spoils the twist for those of you who may not have read it yet. I picked this one up because I loved the cover and had been seeing it everywhere, luckily I managed to avoid spoilers. I was not expecting the twist at all but I loved it and raced through this book. It’s such a unique story that is cleverly written and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Perfect Chemistry – Simone Elkeles
When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.
Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.
Simone Elkeles is such an underrated writer. I’ve read and loved every single one of her books but this series is my go-to. It’s funny and romantic, a modern twist on the star-crossed lovers tale that everyone secretly loves to read. I’ve read this book so many times and would love to one day see a film adaptation. Trust me though this isn’t just your average cheesy romance book, it definitely has a lot of dark moments and really reiterates the fact that no matter how perfect someone’s life looks on the outside, you have no idea what’s really going on behind closed doors.
The Girl On The Train – Paula Hawkins
Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…
This book really messed with my head. Rachel infuriated me, I hated Anna, Megan was a mystery and then it all switched and suddenly I felt pity for everyone before it changed again and I was back to despising them all! It was confusing, the narrators were unreliable and I was completely hooked. I had guessed the ending and what was actually happening but still thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven’t seen the film yet, I know I’m pretty late to that, but I do plan to, I just hope it doesn’t ruin the book for me. If you’re looking for a thriller that really f***s with your mind than this is the book for you!
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it gave you some new books to read. Have you read any on this list? What are your favourite books?