Obviously, I love books, but sometimes it’s difficult for me to focus on stories when my head is swimming with other things (having pregnancy brain doesn’t help either). With that in mind, here’s a list of my top five favorite books that I can actually reread without getting bored or suddenly hating.
Fallen, by Lauren Kate:
“17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.”*
Yes, I’m aware that YA paranormal romance is overdone, and I really don’t care because this book is like my security blanket. It’s helped me through some not so fun times in high school, and whenever I need to de-stress, I can just easily sink into this little world and relax.
Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater:
“For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.”
Honestly, I would read anything this woman writes. She’s my personal favorite and, if I ever truly grow up, I want to be like her. All of her books are wonderful, but this one is like a sweater just taken out of the dryer; toasty warm and cozy enough to comfort you into a nice little cat nap. That’s not to say it’s boring, but it kind of has that “coming home” feeling to me.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini:
“Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life – which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job. But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan’s Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable. He stops eating and sleeping until, one night, he nearly kills himself.
Craig’s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.”
Good book for those somewhat downer days when you need to be reminded you’re not the first person to be sad. Ned gives a witty and honest look at mental health, which always leaves me feeling a little less alone. (And yes, the movie with Emma Robberts and Zach Galifianakis is pretty good too, if you haven’t already seen it)
Across the Universe, by Beth Revis:
“Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awake on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into a brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”
I stumbled upon this book while looking for female authors that write sci-fi (because hey, girl power). This is Beth’s first published novel, and you honestly can’t tell. It has just the right amount of wanderlust, suspense, and page-turning mystery that makes it so that you have to stay up until the sun comes up to finish it. I probably read this book at least twice a year, sometimes I read the whole series, but this one is my favorite.
Wake, by Lisa Mcmann:
“For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams, the naked-but-nobody-notices dreams, and the sex-crazed dreams. Janie’s seen enough fantasy booty to last her a lifetime.
She can’t tell anybody about what she does — they’d never believe her, or worse, they’d think she’s a freak. So Janie lives on the fringe, cursed with an ability she doesn’t want and can’t control.
Then she falls into a gruesome nightmare, one that chills her to the bone. For the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else’s twisted psyche. She is a participant….”
I honestly don’t know how I found this book, but I’m glad it found me. It’s not overly flashes, and the characters aren’t your typical “woe-is-me” characters that are sadly pretty common in YA fiction nowadays. I swear every time I read this, it feels like I’m reading it for the first time.
*All synopsises we’re pulled directly from the book covers or author websites.