“What’s your favorite book?” Is the dreaded question for readers. Choosing just one book out of the hundreds you’ve read is near impossible. There has never been just one book that immediately comes to my mind. I always say I have a “top ten” list. I do that with a lot of things: movies, songs, foods. I don’t like narrowing things down to just one simple choice because when something becomes my favorite, it’s for a specific reason. That reason will more than likely change over time and I’ll have new reasons for new favorites. But, for now I’ve narrowed it down to ten books that I love and would recommend to anyone. (In no specific order. I’ll try to keep the reasons brief and I won’t touch on the plot because I’ll be linking them in the title.) Goodreads Top Ten shelf
1. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. I just finished this book less than an hour ago and I knew immediately that it would go in my top ten list. I felt so much with this book. It’s profoundly written. Marchetta creates this bond between the characters and reader. A bond that basically rips your heart out and pretty much guts you. But, it’s totally worth it. There are so many themes left for the reader to interpret, my favorites are: “there’s always beauty in life’s ugliness” and “that life always goes on.” I know I’ll be thinking about this book for years and years.
2. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. I talked about this in my February Favorites, so most of my thoughts are there. But I’ll just say that because of this book, I have a deep appreciation for the bonds we have with our parents and the lengths we’ll go to protect them. Forgiveness and love are my huge take away from this novel.
3. Monsters Of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness. The third book is my favorite because of the very satisfying ending. I am a sucker for happy endings. Reading this whole trilogy, specifically the last book, I learned the importance of always staying true to yourself and who you are. The world that Patrick Ness creates, and even our world, is always shoving conformity down our throats. I think there is courage in always doing what you believe is right, no matter the circumstances. This trilogy is all about sticking to your morals, and maybe even changing them because you’re no longer ignorant. And the character development, can we just take a moment, I cried for the antagonist. If that isn’t amazing writing then I don’t know what is. But I find myself missing these characters quite often.
4. Allegiant (Divergent Series #3) by Vernonica Roth. For those of you who have read this, you’re probably thinking that I’m a crazy person for putting this on my list. But you will get over the ending and see the beauty in this book. I’ve mentioned before how much character development is important to me; and Roth nails it. Granted my heart was in a million pieces, but it was still amazing.
5. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner. I can’t believe I’ve haven’t talked about this book here before. Ever since I read this in April of last year, I knew it was going to be my favorite book. I always recommend it (a friend is even borrowing my copy now), because it has so many aspects to it. It’s primarily Sci-fi, but there’s plenty of mystery and an amazing love story. The title and book cover clearly show that it is a space book, and I love the futuristic aspect. I usually describe it as the Titanic meets space. This book will always have my heart, and the second book was just released in December, so you won’t have to wait super long to continue the story.
6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I’m all about the high action Sci-fi books and kick-ass females, but sometimes winding down with a good contemporary novel is super relaxing. This story is written so well, and there is so much intrigue and mystery. The plot twist really came from left field and tore my heart out. However, the ending wraps up the story beautifully. This is a perfect summer contemporary.
7. Empower (Embrace Series #5) by Jessica Shirvington. I did talk about this in my Most Underrated Young Adult Novels blog post. I went into some detail with the plot and a little about the story. This book really opened my eyes up to paranormal romances and fantasy worlds. It’s just one of those books that I think about and smile.
8. Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy Series #6) by Richelle Mead. Honestly, I loved every book in this series, but again I love a satisfying conclusion. Richelle Mead is an insanely great author. This whole series was done so well, I couldn’t have been more impressed. Personally, I think vampires are hard to write about. At least since Twilight, it’s hard to create something new and exciting. But everything about this world is so well-written. Unfortunately, the movie adaptation didn’t fare so well. It was a flop, which is super disappointing because I would’ve loved to have seen this world expanded on the big screen for years more. There’s also a spin-off series called Bloodlines, which takes place in the same world but focuses on different characters. I mentioned the final installment in my Most Anticipated YA books of 2015. I still haven’t read it because I don’t want this world to end for good.
9. Ignite Me (Shatter Me Series #3) by Tahereh Mafi. Okay, so if you’ve read my Forgive Yourself post (if you haven’t, you really should). Then you know I had a few excerpts from this book on there. The writing style of Tahereh Mafi is seriously amazing. She’s so poetic and abstract. My favorite quote comes from this series: “I spent my life folded between the pages of books.” If you haven’t noticed, I think conclusions to stories are really the best part of the whole series. Honestly, if I had to pick a book to take to a desert island, it would be this one.
10. Looking For Alaska by John Green. I couldn’t leave John Green out of this post. His writing always inspires me. All of his books are amazing, but this one really sits above the rest. Most everyone has probably already heard/read of this book, but it’s for good reason. It’s been out for ten years and still manages to make the best seller lists. I think this book hits everyone differently, obviously every book will mean something different to each person. But this book can be picked apart and so many lessons can be found. I really love everything about this story.
I’d just like to say that some of these books may not be considered literary works of art, but they made me feel something. I may look back ten years from now and wonder why I had that junk on my favorites list. But right here and right now, these books mean something to me. They’ve taught me lessons or they were read during a certain point of my life. It’s like that certain song, the one that gives you so much nostalgia that you can smell the summer air when you hear it. Or feel those same feelings that resonate into your soul. These books do that to me. They made me feel something when I read them. A certain quote really hit my heart, or the characters are so relateable that I felt the author was writing about me. Books are personal; the author writes their story and leaves it for others to interpret. These books are the best to me.