My blog has for now been filled with mostly travel-related content, which is a topic I love to write about, but today I thought I would change it up a little. Even though I don’t do it enough, I have always enjoyed reading. Not being able to put a book down until you’ve finished and completely emerge yourself in a fictitious world is one of my favorite thing. When I was 11-12 years old and I was reading the Twilight series, my mom hid the fourth book from me and I wasn’t allowed to read it because I was being too unsocial…
I might no longer be a “young-adult”, but this still remains my favorite genre of books, and I thought I would recommend some of my favorite ones. These books are truly well written, and have left me a bit different after reading them. It’s not just first kisses and pink clouds! Here are my top 3!
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven:
I first read this book in the summer of 2015, and I fell in love. I fell in love with the writing, the themes, and most importantly, the characters. All The Bright Places is a beautiful love story, but it is not your typical-red-roses-and-confetti-teenageers-falling-in-love plot. It portraits real life, pain, death, mental health, the power of first love and friendship. The book is about Theodore Finch and Violet Markey. It’s a story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who wants to die. Finch is one of my favorite characters of all time, his story is powerful and tragic, but at the same time he’s full of life and love. He’s the school’s freak, the outcast. She’s the popular girl. They are so different, but at the same time the share something extraordinary. I don’t want to spoil the story too much, but I will say that you will not regret reading this book, and you will most likely want to re-read it again and again.
I send a message to Violet: You are all the colours in one, at full brightness.
You’re so weird, Finch. But that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me.
Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen:
I bought Someone Like You on my first trip to the US in 2011, and I think I read it three times within a few weeks. This was on the top of my list for a long time, until All The Bright Places came along. The story is simple, two best friend, a small town, and a beautiful boy. The story follows Halley and Scarlett, neighbors and best friends. Scarlett’s boyfriend, Michael, tragically dies at the beginning of the book, leaving Halley to try and pick up the pieces. The story follows the girls’ friendship, their relationships with their mothers and Halley’s journey of growing up and falling in love. Halley meets Macon Faulkner, Michael’s best friend, he’s a bit of a bad boy, but with a big heart. Throughout the story both Halley and Scarlett have to make life-changing decisions, and see where the consequences take them.
Life is an awful, ugly place to not have a best friend.
Even the constellations can see us now: we are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.
I hope you enjoyed this little post, and maybe you found some new book tips? If you did, have a lovely read and let me know what you thought!
Lots of love,