What’s your favorite book?
Hahaha you mean to tell me I can only pick one?
For the most favorites of the favorites, these are books that in spite of whatever structural or otherwise technical flaws they may have, they have gone straight for my feels and thus, made them unforgettable, which means they’re super special to me and will always have a place in my heart no matter how many books I continue reading.
Some Girls Are
I’ve talked about this book before, but in short, it’s a pretty cathartic story for me personally, so it’s always been very dear to my heart.
Each time I think about it, I realized something new I had overlooked before. What has always stood out the most for me is that while there is such thing as kids not knowing any better, there are also kids and teenagers who are just mean, who are just fucked up, and enjoy hurting others.
So Over You
This one is so funny! It’s a marvelous teen story, with a some deep themes underneath. I don’t want to spoil anything but it was the first book I read (like four years ago) that dealt in some way with sexual assault.
It could’ve done a LOT of things better, but overall, it’s a pretty heart-warming story that is in order for a reread soon, actually.
The Lumatere Chronicles
These books messed with my feels something fierce. I cried, laughed and despaired along with them. They had this epic feel to them that just sucked me right in. They wered added to the list right away because of that.
Of Beast and Beauty
The best retelling I’ve read so far. Not only of this particular fairy tale, but really of all of them. I won’t claim that absolutely everyone will love it, but I can only speak for me when I say this book is amazing!
Strange the Dreamer
This is quite a recent read. I’m usually reluctant to think about recent reads I’ve enjoyed greatly as ‘favorites’ because sometimes it happens because of it’s own recentness. If after a while, it still rings true to me to label it a favorite, then favorite it is. But somehow, I know that this one will stand the test of time. It’s just something you know. I know it’s not for the hype, not for the pretty cover, but because this genuinely touched my dreamer heart.
All the Light We Cannot See
An unexpected favorite. I got it on a whim, but I don’t regret that decision at all. This is a World War II story like nothing I had ever seen. It’s heartbreaking but full of hope too, and it’s perfect just because of that. It made me think about life and bad people and good people. Worth the slow pace!
The Winter King
Eeek! I know, I know, the cover is so cheesy and cringy, but this story is what a reader’s dreams are made of. It has fantasy, romance, action, fab world-building, high stakes, a bit of a tribute to all the good peeps who dream about legends and heroes, a role model of a heroine, a broody but surprisingly not a jackass hero… *sigh* Need I say more?
Cinder & Ella
It’s a retelling! Shocker. But no, really, this is the most emotional Cinderella retelling I’ve ever read. Geekiness, superstar, a girl with scars both inside and out… A great, epic story that made me cry so much at some parts. Those are the best, aren’t they?
These are books that are favorites, but because of their utter epicness and how well written they are, rather than emotional attachment. Not to say that they didn’t give me feels, but what impacted me the most were other things, like, the aforementioned epicness, character development, plot-twistiness and originality.