Hello everyone! Long time, no blog huh? I’ve used this excuse a million times but, well Life is a bitch and gets in the way sometimes. I’ve been slacking in a lot of areas (bookstagram, blogging, reading, adulting) and I’m really just ready to break out of my funk. My boyfriend and I are in the process of moving (again) so I’m really hoping this change will inspire and motivate me once we are in our new home.
Anyway, I really missed you all and so I decided to jump right in with a Top Five Friday since I haven’t done one in a while! So here are my top five YA books that I think everyone should read, no matter how old you are (says the 25 year old who will forever shop in the teen book section).
5. 13 Reasons Why
Not only is this book now a Netflix original (as of today), it’s also super eye opening. It can be triggering when it comes to suicide, but I also find it very enlightening after reading it as a teen and then again in January. Hearing from the character of Hannah after she has already committed suicide, is jarring to say the least. But as Hannah recounts all the people and events that stacked on top of one another to eventually crush her will to live, it opens your eyes to the seemingly small things that can build to something greater and more dangerous. If anything, no matter your age, it can teach to not underestimate the tiny, hurtful things that you think won’t effect someone.
4. Perks of Being a Wallflower
The charm of Perks comes in the storytelling. The main character, Charlie, communicates through a series of letters to an unknown friend. It’s gut wrenching and heart breaking and awe inspiring; basically the definition of teenage life, without a bunch of cliches. It’s a bit darker and a lot deeper, which is why I think adults would also enjoy this book. Again, it offers a different perspective into the teenage mind.
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses/ A Court of Mist and Fury
Okay, so the main reason I included this is because I don’t think enough adults read Fantasy (hi to my mom and her smutty-smut-smut books) and this is a great place to start. There are adult themes in this book; I mean Feyre does all she can to care for her family and protect them, she’s not some teenage little-virgin-girl as YA likes to portray, and Chapter 55 of ACOMAF would put my mother’s erotic fiction to shame. I could be wrong, but I think some adults would be highly surprised at how much they loved this series.
Again, I don’t think adults read enough Fantasy, and this one is like a grown-up fairytale. To be honest, I almost wouldn’t classify this as YA, but an Adult book that reads like YA (think ADSOM). It has magic, a creepily enchanted forest, war, and a strange bust satisfying romance. It’s definitely in my top most recommended reads.
1. I’ll Give You The Sun
This story is just absolutely beautiful, and has stuck with me since I read it over two years ago. I don’t know that I could go without recommending I’ll Give You The Sun. I can’t even try to explain it because I won’t do it justice. Just take my word for it and read it!
What books would you recommend?