We all have that favorite list of books that we either wish to read or have already read. Then, there are those books that are worth the reread. Well, I thought I would dive into some of my favorite books to help you find something great to pass the time.
I always love book suggestions and really rely on them when I hit up Barnes & Noble. So, let’s list off a few of these great reads by genre 🙂
There has honestly only ever been a handful of books that I have read and simply couldn’t put down. Two of them are in this genre.
The first series is The Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier. I remember when my sister first introduced me to these books at a young age. I think I was probably twelve? Either way, some scenes were probably a little too mature for a twelve year old, but I was hooked on this series after reading the first few pages. If you like folklore, Irish mythology, a strong female lead, adventure, love, family and revenge, then you will love this book. Now, I will mention that the series started off as a trilogy, but later extended into six novels. All are highly recommended! I would also recommend reading her other series, Saga of the Light Isles, if you become addicted to her like I am.
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss is another series that I simply could not put down. Everything about this book was perfect to me and, despite its long page length, I read them in almost a day. The only downside to this series is how long it takes Rothfuss to actually write a book. To give you an idea, the latest book in this series came out in 2011. I’m worried he’ll die before he finishes the last book and I need to know the ending! Come on Rothfuss! We’re all rooting for you!
So I have to kind of laugh at myself when I look back at how I opened up to this genre. I was always grossed out by it. My sister and I had secretly found some of my grandma’s old romance novels, with the dashing manly man saving a swooning lady, and were doubled over in laughter over it. BTW, we were much younger then, so snooze the shade. As we got older, my sister had a friend who loved romance novels and, while both of us had never read anything like them before, we thought we would give it a go. The first book that we read was Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. Honestly, you cannot go wrong with any of her books! This book was hilarious, steamy and all around a witty historical romance novel. The funny part was when my mom heard us talking about the book she decided that she wanted to try reading it too. She loved it, and continues to read MacLean’s other novels!
I read two books in college for an Anthropology class that I became consumed in. I’m sure everyone has that one book from school that everyone complained about reading but you secretly enjoyed. Well, these were mine. The first is My Lobotomy by Howard Dully, a true story about the author undergoing a lobotomy at a young age. This book is captivating and heartbreaking. It’s also amazing and moving how Howard was able to overcome his disabilities from the lobotomy and eventually write a book on his experience.
The second book that I secretly read under the covers in college and enjoyed was The Demon in the Freezer by Richard Preston. It is all about biological warfare and ways that the government can, or can’t, defend the country against them. When I first heard that I would be reading this book, I thought it sounded boring. However, once I began to read it, Chapter 1 quickly became Chapter 5 in what felt like minutes.
Now, I think we can all agree that Harry Potter, The City of Bones and The Hunger Games are all at the top of this genre. However, there was one book that I was introduced to, again by my sister, that I absolutely loved. It surprised me by its twist on a fairy tale and how dark the author made it. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from not enjoying this modern fairy tale called Tithe by Holly Black.
If you don’t have a favorite classic book then you need to get your butt to the library or your nearest book store and scour the shelves for one of these gems. There are so many to choose from, but the one that is by far my favorite classic book to read is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I feel like no explanation is needed for this book. However, I will say that the movie with Gregory Peck was also amazing. He’s one of the few older men that I truly get googly-eyed over.
If there is one book that can really make you question whether it could be fact or fiction, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, hits the top of my list. After reading the first few chapters, I began to second guess if this was actually a non-fiction. Then, I felt incredibly stupid when I read on. However, it certainly caught me off-guard and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It brings together history, horror and adventure to create a unique genre blend. Maybe read this one with all the lights on!
Well I hope you enjoyed my list! Feel free to add your own favorite books per genre and, as I continue my reading adventure, I’ll be sure to let you know more of mine.
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