About three weeks ago, I asked my Instagram followers this exact question. There were so many great responses and recommendations, so I decided to compile a list of diverse and interesting reads for those of you who are hunting for your next book to devour read.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Recommended by Violet (@girl_with_the_third_eye), this autobiographical comedy written by a South African author urges one to question the status quo while delivering smart humor.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
Gabi (@ourworldofwords) steadfastly maintains that this is her favourite novel of all time! A Finalist for the 2018 William C. Morris Award, this emotionally poignant debut novel about a biracial teen who struggles with social anxiety and dreams of attending art school delves into the importance of understanding self-worth.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This book comes highly recommended by Ana (@bujowithana) and Yylen (@booktopsleeper). The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is pegged as psychological fiction and LGBTQ+ literature full of old Hollywood glamour. It unfolds the fictional life of a Cuban actress in a cinematic fashion.
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
@buttons.studies says that this is the best book she’s ever read! Nominated for the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Rooftoppers weaves elements of fantasy and historical fiction together to tell the story of a girl who discovers a secret rooftop world.
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Martina (@marty.reads) and Clarissa (@wavypages) both recommended this young adult, fantasy fiction novel about a lost city and its sinister past. Full of lush, descriptive writing and intricate world-building, Strange the Dreamer has long been on my own to-read list!
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
This novel is one of Ciara’s (@cyra_bear) favourites! First published in 1987, Norwegian Wood is a beautiful, bildungsroman tale of loss and romantic relationships.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
A contemporary young adult novel recommended by @bookhuggerreviews, Radio Silence is a story about two teens who start a podcast together in an attempt to find their own voices without conforming to the expectations of society.
There were so many more great recommendations, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with a long list! I am eager to read all of them myself, and I hope that you can find your next read in this short list of interesting, diverse books.
I was tagged by Anj from @seaweedbooks to do The Chainsmokers book tag!
Everyone knows about The Chainsmokers right? They’re the vocal duo who first started the whole “but first, let me take a #selfie” business! I love one of their more recent, mainstream songs, Closer.
So let’s begin!
ROSES- a book or series that you didn’t want to end
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. A trilogy counts right? The Infernal Devices (Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, Clockwork Princess) remains my all-time favourite trilogy because 1) the MC is NOT a whiny brat who always depends on her love interest to save her sorry butt and 2) both love interests, Jem and Will, are so special and strong in their own ways. Clockwork Princess was my favourite out of the three books, and it’s one of the only books that has ever brought tears to my eyes. I remember staying up until 3 am to finish it when it first came out!
DON’T LET ME DOWN- a book you have high expectations for
I screamed a little (okay, maybe more than a little) when Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo arrived on my doorstep a whole day earlier than I’d expected. (Thank you, Amazon!!) The red lined pages are so beautiful I almost want to cry. Everyone was raving about CK while I was on my longest lasting book buying ban EVER, and believe me when I say I felt those pangs of jealousy! But now that I have this beauty in my hands…I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE KAZ AND HIS CREW KICK SOME SERIOUS ASS. Sorry for the bad language.
Look at this gorgeous cover!
Kaz, my love, and Inej the Wraith. (This fanart isn’t mine.)
INSIDE OUT- beautiful story + beautiful cover
A.G. Howard’s recently published NA novel, The Architect of Song. Goodness, can we just talk about how the writing is a literal work of art and so is the stunning cover?! I actually just finished The Architect of Song on Sunday, and it’s everything I hoped for–steamy romance, bearable love triangle (hello TWO dreamy guys who happen to be…okay sorry, I’m not giving away spoilers), strong-willed, deaf main character, and with hints of historical fiction/Gothic elements? Check for all of the above! And have I mentioned that the cover is gorgeous? Scroll down and take a look below if you don’t believe me.
no this isn’t the cover
so beautiful i want to cry
UNTIL YOU WERE GONE- a book you read when it was not trending
Back in 2012, I first picked up Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass because the girl on the cover was so striking, with her piercing, blue, blue eyes. The minute I read the blurb, I was sold. And guess what? I ended up devouring that book in a single sitting. That was back when ToG was just published– it wasn’t popular yet, but look at it now!
new (uk) edition cover
CLOSER- a book you wish you didn’t read
I’m sorry, but I really didn’t like Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke. I originally picked it up for its stunning cover, but the story was just so strange I couldn’t help but feel just a bit creeped out. Also, I’d like to know who names their child Wink. I think the book might be enjoyable for people who like weird, dark mysteries but unfortunately, it wasn’t for me.
WATERBED- a book that gave you too many feels
TOO MANY FEELS. OMG. LET ME JUST GET MY THOUGHTS IN CHECK.
too many feels, you ask? A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, aka my favourite read of this year so far! Rhysand is my #1 book crush at the moment. He melts my heart and I sometimes forget my own name when I’m reading about him. Feyre’s so damn lucky. After the way ACOMAF left off…well, I wouldn’t say it’s a cliffhanger, but I so want to see Tamlin get his arse kicked by our lovely High Lady. There were some really beautiful, moving moments between Rhys and Feyre, like the Starfall scene. And can we talk about multi-coloured paint and chapter 55? *insert winky faces here*
rhys+feyre fanart by charliebowater
KANYE- expensive book(s) that you really want
If you’ve seen my goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf, you know exactly how my tbr list stubbornly refuses to be conquered year after year because there’s only so much time in this world and so many books I want to read!
Bookstagram (you can follow me here) introduced me to the Harry Potter illustrated editions of The Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets, and now, I would love to own copies of both! But together in a set, they cost $65, a price my poor wallet would faint dead away at. #brokestudentstrugglesarereal
SELFIE- a photogenic book
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner has one of the most beautiful covers I’ve ever seen on a YA novel. Or any novel, for the matter. In fact, the entire Starbound trilogy is worth picking up just to drool over the covers! (Zelle, get a hold of yourself!)
GOOD INTENTIONS- a book with a lot of rave reviews, and you hope you will love it too
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I heard that the author actually wrote the novel during NaNoWriMo, which is totally cool! The premise is so promising and I’ve heard so many people rave about how amazing this book is, especially lovely CiCi from @therusticwindow. I recently received a candle called “Circus of Dreams” by Tris from BurningPagesCandles, inspired by The Night Circus, so if the book is as wonderful as the candle smells (and as everyone says it is) I look forward to reading it!
NEW YORK CITY- a book you stayed up to read, possibly moved to tears
Heartless by Marissa Meyer has already torn a hole halfway through my heart. I stayed up late to read a few more chapters, and then I made the dreadful mistake of skipping ahead and spoiling the ending for myself! My initial reaction was, of course, a bad pun: Surely Ms. Meyer, you Jest? It can’t end like this!! Even though I already know the ending is going to thoroughly destroy my heart, (will I become Heartless? hahah) I plan on finishing Heartless sometime this week. I have never in my life read a more vivid, complex Alice in Wonderland retelling of the Red Queen.
That concludes today’s post. I hope you found this blog post fun to read! Maybe you even added a few more books to your tbr list, who knows?