I’ve been reading since I can remember growing up with Dr. Suess, Mem Fox, and Andy Griffiths. And then I slowly started moving to Harry Potter and choose your own adventure. When I was 12 I found young adult literature and fell in love. And recently I’ve started reading more new adult and adult romance. It’s been a reading journey and I’ve loved every step. It’s had it’s up’s and downs. There are times where I could read a book a month and others where I could read 15.
So to celebrate my 21st birthday – on the 18th of November- I thought I would share 21 of my favourite books of all time. Like always these are in no order; because hell that would be hard. Also, I may have cheated and grouped some series together (don’t hate me!)
- Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling: There would be no surprise that this series ends up on my list. I’ve thought about it a long time and I really can’t pick my favourite book. However, I am currently re-reading them through audio books so it might just chance soon.
- Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead: I don’t think I need to talk about this series much either. It’s one of the series that started my love for the supernatural and it will always be up there.
- The Conqueror’s Saga by Kiersten White: I am loving this series so far. It’s captivating and dropped you into a vivid and brutal world that you might not want to get out off. Check my review of And I Darken and Now I Rise.
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry: One of the favourite contemporary books. I love the world that Katie McGarry has created. Which characters that are complex and interesting.
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: It’s heartbreaking, poignant and so so true. It’s a book that everyone should read, and understand. The Hate U Give explores family, friendship and what is right. I wanted to cry, scream and hurt. Don’t forget to check out my review.
- Every Breath by Ellie Marney: I can’t get enough of these characters and world that Ellie Marney has created. These books are intense, addicting, and the characters grab me from the start. It’s also #LoveOzYA.
- Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy: I’ve talked about this series before, but I simply adore the romance in US and Him. It’s heartbreaking, heartwarming and was one of the first m/m romance books that I read.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: I adore The Infernal Devices series so much! It’s set in a time where women weren’t a big role in society – but Clare tries to break that. The characters are amazing, the romance – holy. And just I cannot wait to see more.
- Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: This has to be my favourite Cassandra Clare book and that’s saying something. brings the magic of the shadow world into a new light, in a gripping first novel of a new series, Lady Midnight is dark, fun and full of ups and down, it is going to rip your heart apart. My review delves deeper into why I love to so much.
- Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare: Okay, this one also made my list. But come on? Are you even surprised? I love this series way too much. It’s about standing up for what you believe in, being there for the ones that you love.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelly: The only classic on my list, but I had to mention it. I had to read this for English class in year 9 and every since then, I’ve tried to collect as many versions as I can. Seriously nearly every time I go to an op shop, I pick one up. It’s a brilliant gothic novel that I just love.
- Magnus Chase and Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan: This series just breaks my heart is such a good read. This series takes you on a journey of laughs, heartache, and fun. Rick Riordan doesn’t fail in his newest novel that any new and old fan will love. Series Review: The Sword of Summer, The Hammer of Thor, The Ship of the Dead.
- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan: This was one of the first series based on Greek Mythology that I read. I love mythology and to be able to read it in such an interesting why – yes, please. I really wish there were more books based on myths like this. This also have to one of my favourite middle grade series – ever.
- Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde: Explores the notion of friendship and relationships. It’s about falling in love and letting yourself love. It’s about stepping out of that bubble and letting yourself be free. With beautiful friendships and romance, this book is one for everyone. Check out my full review for more.
- The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig: Is about friendship, family, and love. It’s about what would you do for those that mean so much to you, and that sometimes you have to give up one thing for another. This duo is addicting and pulled me right in. Check out my reviews for book 1 and book 2.
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: It’s magical, entertaining and takes you on an adventure. I have no idea why I waited so long to pick this series up. The characters are intriguing, the world is fabulous and the writing keeps you in from the first chapter.
- Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet: From the first chapter, I was invested with the characters and I wanted to know their stories. I wanted them to fall in love, and make friendships. Alex, Approximately explores the notions of love, family and finding yourself. Full Review.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: It explores the notion of family, friendship and finding out who you are. With a world that is built with layer upon layer, you will be begging to find out more. With its beautiful writing and characters that will take you by storm, it’s an adventure you want to be on. Strange the Dreamer is poignant, heart-stopping and you will not be able to put it down. Check out my review for more.
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: Beautiful, captivating, extraordinary. Salt to the Sea is a gorgeous novel that brings to light a catastrophe that seems to be forgotten. With stunning writing and intriguing characters, Ruta Sepetys brings a novel that tells a story that everyone needs to read. However if you want to read this, be prepared to cry.
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: An outstanding fantasy with relatable characters, beautiful romance, flawless world building and an enthralling storyline. Rutkoski started this trilogy with a mighty bang and it didn’t stop there.
- Eyes Turned Skyward by Rebecca Yarros: One of the first romance books that I read, this book makes a punch. It’s emotional, hard-hitting, but also so beautiful. I love the romance and the hardship that these boys and their girls have to go through.
And that is it! Wow. That was tough. I probably missed so many other books that I have fallen in love with. What are some of your favourite books? Nevertheless, do we share any that is the same? Let’s Chat!