I’ve been a book worm for as long as I can remember, I even spent enough time in the library growing up to have my library card number memorized. I. Love. Books. So, while I’ve been on spring break this week I challenged myself to read a book a day – this makes the nerd in me excited because I haven’t had the time in the midst of senior year shenanigans to read for fun, here are six of my favorite reading finds!
For fans of: Sarah Dessen novels
The cover on this book sucked in and I just had to read it first. I lazily started it with the intention of reading just a chapter or two, but before I knew it I had skipped breakfast and devoured the whole thing before lunch – it seriously is that captivating. It’s a sweet story of a girl named Lara Jean who writes letters to boys she loved in a therapeutic way of letting them go. Trouble erupts when those letters get accidentally mailed to the five boys she wrote letters to and Lara Jean has to face the consequences of everything she’s felt in the past few years. I laughed, I cried, I went on the entire roller coaster with her and Jenny Han just got herself a dedicated reader for any of her books for life.
For fans of: My Sister’s Keeper and other Jodi Piccoult books
I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since the movie came out but never had time. I regret waiting even another minute to pick it up – the BEST book to read if you need a good cry, a reminder to be thankful for all that you have and to really evaluate your relationships with others. Not only did I bawl my way through almost every chapter as I journeyed with Mia Hall (who’s having an out of body experience) through a horrific car accident that kills her family and flashbacks leading up to the accident, specifically highlighting how she fell in love with up-coming rock star Adam Wilde but I also walked away with a lot of deep reflections on my own life. Not necessarily the first reason you pick up a book (to reflect on your own life) but incredibly insightful all the same.
For fans of: see If I Stay
The sequel to If I Stay takes us three years after Mia wakes up and is written from the perspective of Adam Wilde, Mia’s now ex-boyfriend who is at the height of his music career after making it big… but only because his break-out songs were written about Mia after their break up. This was the perfect book about the power of second chances. I thought I would be more upset that the series only had two books but Gayle Foreman does a great job of tying up all the loose ends and having everything come full circle with an ending that gives you proper closure on the characters (thank goodness!).
For fans of: Pride & Prejudice and Gossip Girl
For the rest of you that, like me, are suffering from extreme Gossip Girl withdrawal since its finale, Crazy Rich Asians is the book for you. Its Gossip Girl on steroids and makes the Waldorfs look like peasants. Seriously can’t rave enough about what a perfect read this is as we follow Rachel Chu as she ventures to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young to meet his mega-rich family. With a variety of characters to become vested in plus the promise of a movie being released this year AND the sequel coming out in June, NOW is the time to read this incredible tale of wealth that is nearly unfathomable.
For fans of: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
Mindy Kaling is my spirit animal. I have incredibly fond memories of driving to a country concert in Denver with Mallory while reading Kaling’s conversation cards and at some points we were crying from laughter with our sides aching! Her book doesn’t disappoint – already made a fool of myself on a plane ride, reading this and getting weird looks as I LOL’ed in front of people… embarrassing but worth it. Not only is this book funny but incredibly inspirational about Kaling’s journey to achieving her dreams and the incredibly tough path it took to get there and how YOU should do the same.
For fans of: breathing. If you breathe, you will love this book.
Does it get any better than a book by Ellen DeGeneres? No. It does not. If you need a pick me up, a good laugh or just a light-hearted read, this is a great book for you. Ellen offers anecdotes that while offer insight into her life, also leave you literally laughing out loud. Half the time I was looking for someone next to me to read a paragraph to because it was too funny NOT to share with someone else. This isn’t your typical female comedian book either – Ellen does a superb job of making this book incomparable.
Give one of these books a try and let me know what you think! I would also love to hear from you guys, have any recommendations? As a special treat, here is me as a six year old reading… like I said – once a book nerd, always a book nerd. 🙂