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Winter Reads

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I spent my life folded between the pages of books

Holiday break is here or already coming up for those still in school. And something about curling up with a good book and a steaming mug of cocoa just sounds extra appealing this time of the year. If you’re not a reader I’m sure you can replace a book with Netflix (to which I highly recommend Gossip Girl for binge watching) and be just as content. But if you are a reader and can’t seem to find a book to dive into here are some that I recommend. Don’t worry of course I’ll add what I think about each book because I’m sure all you guys actually care about what I have to say. (Just kidding probably not but oh well “I just have a lot of feelings and I wish we could all get along.”) Anyways onward with the winter reads. (All of which are young adult or teen books.)

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. I know I’ve already mentioned this in my Holiday Gift Guide but this book really sparked my love for reading again. It’s first person dystopian (I only read first person for future reference) and so well written. If you’ve seen the movie then obviously you know but I really suggest reading the next two books.

Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. This series is everything I want from a dystopian. If I was on a desert island and I could only pick one, it would be from this trilogy. The writing style is like non other. I would describe it as poetically abstract. The author really makes you think. As well as having an amazing story line. If you like the show Heroes you’ll love this.

Why We Broke Up by David Handler. This is a stand alone first person romance novel. If you’ve ever had your heart broken and wanted to write a novel to your ex then this is your book. I fell in love with the main character and her voice in this story is so real and true. I found myself cracking up during scenes and sobbing during others. This is the perfect book to curl up to.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. This is a cute slightly fluffy read. I loved the main character and found she was really relatable. I was really rooting for her throughout the whole book. Personally I felt the character development could of been a little better but it is a very light read. Nothing that makes you think too hard.

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose by Gillian McCain, Legs McNeil. A story that will break your heart. Definitely for a mature audience. This is such an undeniably sad sad story. It really has stuck with me since I’ve read it.

Shiver Trilogy by Maggie Stievfater. A perfect winter read all about werewolves in the best possible way. I was a little apprehensive because it was a little out of my comfort zone but honestly it has such a good story line. The characters are lovable and the development they have is immense. The three books are little so this could be done in one maybe two days if you’re a fast reader. The best paranormal romance I think I’ve read to date.

The Program by Suzanne Young. A book about depression with a twist. The author has a way of delivering a new view of depression and teen suicide. I really recommend this. It’s fast paced and had me frantically flipping through the pages.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman. This is the second book to the If I Stay series. The first book was recently made into a movie, obviously the book was better. This second book takes place in Adams perspective and this broke my heart. I felt I had a good sense of closure after reading this book and it made me fall in love with the characters even more.

Anomaly by Krista McGee. I picked this book up expecting it to be completely different than what it really was. I thought I wasn’t going to enjoy and basically checked it out at the library just for something to read. I ended up loving it and the other two book in the trilogy. This book was one of those books that really speak to you during that certain point in your life. I loved the story line though it was a little slow it kept me very intrigued.

I hope you get a chance to read these ten really awesome books. They’re all great in their own way and I love them all. Happy reading and happy holidays!

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