Today I’m doing a discussion/recommendation post. I wanted to talk about some books that I don’t talk about enough, but I really love and want everyone to read. I feel like I only talk about the same 30 books, and I’ve definitely loved more than 30 books. So today I’m here to talk about more books that I loved (and hopefully convince you to read them).
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: I loved this book when I read it last (?) year. And for some reason, I never talk about it. I think the story is super interesting, the characters were interesting, the writing was amazing. I feel like this is definitely a popular book, I just never talk about it. If you haven’t read anything by Ng, I definitely recommend both of her books.
Heist Society by Ally Condie: okay, as a kid, my dream was to be a spy. James Bond, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Gallagher Girls, you name it, I’d read/watched it. Heist Society is about a spy, and I remember loving it. From what I remember, it has a bunch of great settings and the characters are super interesting.
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant: I’ve mentioned before that I love memoirs about regular people, and this is a fictional memoir about a regular person. I loved basically everything about this book. The main character is great, the setting is amazing, the writing is so good. I highly recommend it.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman: we all know I love Neil Gaiman. I’m pretty sure Stardust is the first book by him I read. It’s a really interesting story (like all his work), but also very normal in a lot of ways? It’s super interesting, I definitely recommend it.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: PLEASE read this book. All the characters are amazing. Seriously, every single person in this book is the best. Howl is amazing, Sophie is literally an angel, Calcifer is the greatest. I just love it so much.
Haters by Alisa Valdes: my best friend and I read this book literally ten years ago, and still quote it today. A little while ago, I couldn’t remember what this book was called so I texted her saying “fish taco book. what was it called?” and she knew exactly what I was talking about. But besides the fact that my best friend and I read it, it’s also just a fun book. I mean, is it dumb? Yes. Is it basically just wish fulfillment? Yes.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: I know a lot of people have read this book, but if you haven’t you definitely should. It has great mental health representation and actually depicts hospitalization in a good light.
The Martian by Andy Weir: I know everyone has already probably read the Martian, but I NEVER talk about how great it is. It is genuinely one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. It’s also really smart, and has great representation (honestly in the book, most characters are POC). I would HIGHLY recommend the audiobook. It’s the only audiobook I’ve ever been able to listen to, and the guy narrating it is so good.
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak: I recognize that there are issues with this book, but I can’t help but loving it. It is genuinely one of my favourite books. I could reread for forever, and enjoy it the same amount every single time. IMO it’s more enjoyable than The Book Thief, but that’s just me.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: I loved this book when I read it last year, but I still haven’t written a review for it because I don’t really have much else to say other than “I loved it”. It was super interesting, the plot was great, the characters were great, the ending is heartbreaking yet hopeful. I cannot recommend this enough if you enjoy historical fiction.
So those are some books I love and don’t talk about enough, but highly recommend. Have you read any of these? What are your thoughts on them? Are there any books you never talk about but love? Let me know!