If you are a book lover like me, how long is your to-read list? How long are you in bookstores looking at all the amazing books to choose from? I love to read, whenever I have spare time I read. I love to read all sorts of books, except for non-fiction. Reading calms me, and I love going into a fictional world. Plus my book list is huge, and every day it’s getting bigger. Throughout this article, I will recommend amazing books to people who love reading and want to grow their list. Or if you want to start reading, this article will give amazing books to read that will interest you, and hopefully, you become a book lover like me!
1. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, YA Fiction
Age Rating : 14 or 15 + (based on common sense media)
Trigger Warnings: violence, death, graphic injury, fantasy, drug abuse, rape/sex trafficking (not in a scene; character backstory), guns, slavery, racism (exotification), genocide (explicit Holocaust metaphor).
This book is on the list because I love it and its amazing plot. It was so hard to put this book down when I had to go to sleep. Most of the time I kept reading until I fell asleep. This book probably took me three days to read. The friendships between the characters (old and new) are super close and friendly; it is like they are family. The characters themselves are incredible. My favorite is Inej. I cannot even find a person to compare her to.
The book had my emotions all over the place. At points I was content, sad, sometimes second-hand embarrassed, I felt everything. There was some romance, but the relationships were never cheesy. The friendship, and also romantic relationship between Kaz and Inej I found was beautiful. At times it was humorous, romantic, intense, and everything in between. I was always rooting for them to make it and loved their moments. There were some specific lines and parts that just made me scream internally. It felt like I was not even reading.
2. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Genre: Novel, Fantasy Fiction
Trigger Warnings: murder, attempted murder, suicide, death via car crash, torture physical assault, and domestic violence.
This book was added to the list because it is so good! This book probably took me like four days to read The growing friendship that was made between Kate and August (the two main characters) was sincere. It was never weird, when they met they clicked, even though they were not supposed to be friends. The entire plot was incredible, by itself, when I thought I figured it out, it was something else. This book kind of reminded me of “These Violent Delights”, because though they are supposed to hate each other because of their roles, they still develop a friendship. They stuck with each other through the worst, and most chaotic times. This book might start a little slow for some, but in the end, it was definitely worth reading. The shocker at the end got me by the throat. Altogether the book was amazing, and I loved it.
3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Genre: Novel, Fantasy Fiction, High Fantasy
Trigger Warnings: attempted sexual assault, parental abuse, suicide, murder, torture.
This book is one of my top favorites because it is so lovely. It probably took me three days to read. I loved the sister relationship between the main character and her sister. It reminded me of Katniss and Primrose from “Hunger Games” in the way they would do anything for each other, including getting hurt. Also, the friendship and romance in the book with Scarlet and Julian (other significant characters) are absolutely amazing. They started a little rocky with how things went, but they each backed each other up and their relationship grew so much. It was so pure. The surprise twist at the end though was so shocking. I honestly never expected it. This book was stunning!
4. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Rating: 14+
Trigger Warnings: blood, violence, gore, character deaths, explicit description of gouging self (not of their own volition), murder, weapon use, insects, alcohol consumption, parental abuse.
This book was heavenly. When I tell you this book was phenomenal (for me personally), I mean it. This book is amazing. The friendships between Juliette, her friends, and Roma and his friends are the absolute best. Both trios remind me of three musketeers, but a little different. The relationship between Roma and Juliette is wonderful as they team up to save their city. They have some awesome moments together, especially when trying to figure out what’s going on with their home. They are a perfectly imperfect duo. But the huge shocker at the end, literally screaming. I will forever recommend this book.
5. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
Genre: YA fiction, Fantasy fiction
Age Rating: 14+
Trigger Warnings: death of a parent and traumatic grief/flashbacks, alcohol consumption, mind control/memory manipulation, racist macro and microaggressions, emesis (vomiting), blood, mild gore, combat violence, mention(s) of physical abuse, racist violence, sexual violence.
This book was just… I cannot find a word for it. I guess the word is remarkable. The friendship between the main character and her BFF (best friend forever) is amazing. They have been “besties” since birth, and I always loved that they stuck with each other as they grew older. Even when fought, they stayed together.
The plot of the entire book is heavenly. The romance is good, a little cheesy but like the good kind of cheesy. It had me choosing sides between two guys. I loved Bree’s weird relationship with Sel, first, they hate each other, then they start getting along well with each other. They relate to each other, and I love it. My emotions were everywhere while reading this. With the cliffhanger at the end, I am impatiently waiting for book number two to come out. I loved this entire book.
Reading is something that some people just love to do. It might be to destress, a hobby for when you’re bored, and a lot of other things. With this list of books that I recommend to add to your reading list, I hope they can help with what reading does for you. Or if you want to become an avid reader I hope that these are some books that you can start with. There are so many other amazing books besides the ones I listed. I will put some additional books that you should look into below:
- The Crave series by Tracy Wolff
- Divergent series by Veronica Roth
- The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
- Legend by Marie Lu
- The Daughter of a Pirate King series by Tricia Levenseller
- One of us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
- I’m not dying with you tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones
Those are just some of my favorites, but there are even more than that! Happy reading!