Okay, so it’s the summer, obviously, and I’ve had quite some time on my hands. So what’s a better way to spend it than by reading books? In the books I’ve recently read so far I’ve come across a couple that have blown me away, and I love these books to death so I thought I’d share these precious gems with the world. Who knows, maybe you’ll fall for them too.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
“I choose you over everyone”
“What am I embarrassed by? Your rangy good looks or your irresistible personality? You, you’re magic”
A fantastic novel by the author of Eleanor and Park, I am seriously a fan of Fangirl (okay that was cheesy). With a protagonist with a heart filled with determination and passion for fanfic and a hilarious farmer boy to amp up the fun, Cath and Levi stole my heart from the very beginning. Not to mention the fact that Cath is a twin!!! and so am I, and her relationship with her twin is sometimes so starkly parallel with my life that it’s spooky.
Cath: “Why are you always trying to feed me?”
Levi: “Well I do work in food service and my major is basically grazing…”
Like seriously, can I have a Levi for myself? He’s one of those characters that’s so imperfectly perfect that you can’t help but root for him and for her and for love and forever.
Everything about this book is so wonderful, and although many of my friends have judged the title *unamused side glance*, I wouldn’t change a thing about it. Relatable and not overly far-fetched, this book’s down to earth nature made me ❤ it to the moon and back.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.”
Violet and Finch are very different (the title pictures make sense! how cute), and they don’t seem at all compatible at first glance, but with a story like this written in duel perspective it was so easy to love them for all their flaws.
This book, unlike Fangirl, was a heart breaker. “I’d go up to Hoozier Hill with a beautiful girl” You don’t have to understand these quotes, but trust me when I say that there is nothing more beautiful than the words in this book.
A story about more than just teen romance, this is a novel of what it means to live and love and just be there, to go out and see the world in a bright, new, way. After all, life is more than just living.
UltraViolet Remarky-able and Theodore Finch make a strange pair, it’s true, but they can’t live without each other and I can’t live without them.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
“The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”
To be honest, I was not overly enthusiastic about this book in the beginning, and it took a lot of persuading from my sister to even get me to read this. But in the end, I’m glad I did.
Noah and Jude are twins (wow another book about twins guess I’m a little biased here). Twins who are both remarkable in their own ways, both artists (you could say somewhat tortured ones at that) who don’t really know where they’re going. Told in their two perspectives, this book was a whirlwind of experience, of love and heartbreak and finding yourself.
“I’d give ten fingers, both arms. I’d give anything, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry. Meet me 5 p.m. Thursday…I’ll be there every week at that time for the rest of my life.”
Now, to all my Cassandra Clare fans out there, doesn’t this quote remind you of Tessa and Will? Anyone? Comment if it does! ❤
So there’s my top three picks, YA Fantasy/ paranormal romance book picks coming soon!
Any other swoon worthy realistic fiction books I should check out? 🙂