There are so many things that are great about books- from the unique and profound characters to the suspenseful, nail-biting plot, to the tear-jerking, furrowing eyebrow, lip-quivering response when we finish the last page. When reading, we tend to delve into this fictional world and get lost, which is one of my favorite things about a book.
“A good book makes you want to live in the story. A great book gives you no choice.” — Unknown
So if you too, love to feeling something more and get lost in the realm of the words on the page, these books are the way to your heart.
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The words on the page of this book will jump out and tug on your heart strings. Violet Markey reaches for the future, counting down the days until her graduation. Theodore Finch, on the other hand, is searching for things in the now to motivate himself to keep his life. Throughout the novel, you start to wonder and see who saves whom. A film is in progress based on this book as well!
2. Looking for Alaska by John Green.
This. Book. First of all, I’d just like to say that I adore John Green and any book of his is amazing. This novel, however, is my favorite out of all of his, because of the authenticity and mystery laced within his words. Miles, who is better known as “Pudge” is obsessed with last words and attends Culver Creek Boarding School where he meets Colonel and Alaska Young. Alaska is as captivating and mysterious as her name, especially to Pudge. This heartbreaking, love-story, mystery just moves with your heart. Also- don’t you want to find out where Alaska is?
3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.
A tear-jerker, a heart-breaker; you will cherish every word. This book tells the story of Clay Jensen and his journey of finding a mysterious box full of 13 cassette tapes from his crush, Hanna Baker, on his porch. Sounds great, right? Here’s the catch: Hanna Baker committed suicide two weeks prior and every tape is a reason why she decided to end her life. If you’ve seen the Netflix series and it touched your heart, just imagine what the book will do for you.
4. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven.
If you love romantic, unpredictable love stories, then this is the one for you. Libby Strout, also known as “World’s Fattest Teen” is not seen beneath the surface of her skin by anyone in school. That is, until Jack Masselin steps in. Jack is pretty well-known at his high school and other students look up to him, but little do they know, Jack is hiding a secret: he can’t recognize faces. In a world where these two feel like they don’t belong, they find comfort and kinship in each other.
5. Crazy Love Revise and Updated by Francis Chan.
“We are a culture that relies on technology over community, a society in which spoken and written words are cheap, easy to come by, and excessive. Our culture says anything goes; fear of God is almost unheard of. We are slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become angry.” – Francis Chan
This book is perfect for Christians or even those of you who don’t really understand the concept of God but want to learn more! It has such an insightful outlook on life and how we should live passionately and faithfully.
6. Diary of an Oxygen Thief by ANONYMOUS.
This book is raw and honest in every way. It’s not one to recommend to just anyone- you have to be a certain type of person to endure this reading. From the very first page, it begins with an Irish man telling the reader about how he gets pleasure from emotionally abusing women. He deals with alcoholism, paranoia, and pain. Eventually he moves to America for business and falls in love with a photographer.
7. Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón.
This is a poetry and prose book, which I just adore! Her style of writing is straight-forward all while being poetic and musical. I love her imagination temperament. “I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying,” the poet writes.
8. The Universe of Us by Lang Leav.
Also, a poetry and prose book. This collection of words is one of my favorite and I hold Leav’s words so close to my heart. She tells stories of falling in love and diving out of love, getting lost and finding yourself. In fact, one of her poems, “Her Time”, inspired my mountain tattoo!
9. A Beautiful Composition of Broken by r.h. Sin.
This book is exactly what the title says it is, a beautiful composition of broken stories formed into poems and prose. It is inspired by different moments of being mistreated, misunderstood, misplaced, and broken-hearted. It doesn’t matter what page you open to with this book because it will be relatable and flawless.
10 + 11. The Sun and Her Flowers + Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.
She is one of my favorite modern poets because her way with words is magical in the most honest way. I recommend getting both of these books. Milk and Honey shows the journey of a woman hurting, loving, breaking, and healing. On the other hand, The Sun and Her Flowers is about how humans, like flowers, have to fall, wilt, root, and bloom in order to grow.
12. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
This is seriously one of my favorites! Elizabeth tells a stories of how searches for love, faith, and light through travels to India, Indonesia, and Italy. She leaves behind everything in America to find and become one with herself. This book will motivate you to be a better you in every aspect, from the mind, to the body, to the soul.