It’s no secret to anyone who knows me well that I love books. Obviously, or this site wouldn’t exist. In my twenty-two years of life, I’ve read a lot of books. I’ve read more books than I can remember, and more books than are on my bookshelves. Over the years, there have been books that have made an everlasting impression on me, and some that I honestly can’t even remember reading. However, this post is dedicated to all the books that have made my life better – the books that I’ll never forget and are sitting proudly on my bookshelf.
The Harry Potter Series
I’d have to be insane not to include these books on my list. Though I was reluctant to read this series for years, when I actually sat down and read each of the seven books, my life was forever changed. From the very first page, I loved the characters and the new world and the entire concept of wizardry and magic and the battle between good and evil. Since then, I’ve collected countless Potter-themed items, and I’ve even studied this series in college. It’ll always be near and dear to my heart.
Also, I’m a proud Slytherin.
The Fault in Our Stars
I’m in love with John Green – from his YouTube videos to his poignant books, he’s captured my heart. I tell everyone that I’d marry him if he weren’t quite a bit older than me and married with children. This book… Oh my, this book. I barely have words. By now, most of the world has read this book or heard everything there is to know about it. When I first picked up this book, I wasn’t that familiar with John Green’s work, but once I finally read this book almost four years ago, I cried for hours. It was one of the first books I remember crying over. The characters, although battling cancer, are so real and so much more than their illnesses. I feel as though Hazel Grace is the literary version of myself, only with cancer. It may be cliche to love this book in today’s world, but it’ll always be one of my favorite.
Me Before You
This book… Jojo Moyes broke my heart with this masterpiece. Fun fact: I was in Orlando, FL when I read this book. The next day, my family and I were going to Disney World, and I had to be up at 7:00 in the morning. I stayed up until 2:30 reading this book, then after reading it, proceeded to bawl my eyes out until 3:00. Even though it appears as if it’ll be a great romance between two people who wouldn’t seem to be the ideal couple, the book wasn’t a romance in the slightest. Of course, it had romantic elements, but it mostly dealt with the ethics of assisted suicide and loving someone who doesn’t love themselves and the difficulties of being a caregiver for a quadriplegic. It’s the most beautiful story I’ve ever read – it’s easily my favorite at the moment. I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I’m just going to say this: READ IT!
By the way, I tweeted Jojo Moyes telling her she broke my heart with this book and I didn’t think I’d ever recover. She tweeted back, “I’m sorry…”
The Time Traveler’s Wife
When this book came out, I was undoubtedly too young to read it. However, when I was in high school, I saw the movie without knowing it was even a book. One day when browsing in a local Goodwill, I saw the book and immediately bought it, judging on how amazing the movie was. This past summer, I finally had the chance to sit down and read it. If I thought the movie was amazing, the book was a million times better. When I first began reading it, I expected it to take me a couple of weeks judging on the subject matter and the overall thickness of the book. However, I finished it in a few days. This is one of those books that’s really hard to comprehend while reading it, but it’s so engrossing that you just keep reading anyway. I loved everything about this book, and I especially love how much more detail it contained than the movie gave me. Once again, I cried while reading this. It was incredibly touching, and the writing was phenomenal.
Where She Went
For those of you who don’t know, this is the sequel to Gayle Forman’s If I Stay – which I read in less than a day. This story is told three years after the first book in Adam’s point of view – the love interest of main character Mia. First of all, I adored the first book. Second, I love male point of views. I believe it’s my favorite thing to read besides Young Adult books. However, when I read this book, I didn’t expect it to be better than the first, but I was wrong… So wrong. This book is everything that a book should be. It was filled with emotion and love and heartbreak and hope. The writing was wonderful and Adam was the most beautiful narrator I’ve ever read. I found myself bawling for Adam and his feelings and heartbreak. It ended a bit vague, but I think that’s why I loved it so much. It’s an incredible book – one of the most incredible YA books I’ve ever read.
That’s all for now. Of course, there are plenty of other books that I absolutely adore, but these are the ones that have made the biggest impact. Stay tuned for more posts!