My *New* Favorite Books

In March of last year, I made a list of my Top Favorite Books in every genre and I realized a lot has changed since then. I initially made this list because I can’t fathom the idea of having only one favorite book. If someone ever asks me what favorite book is, I stumble over my words and try to go through my mental list of favorites. It all depends on the day. In today’s post I discuss my favorite books from each major genre and why.

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Categories 

Young Adult Contemporary

The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky

Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction:

  • A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (sorry, not sorry).
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. It’s a mixed genre (science fiction/dystopia and fantasy).
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton (magical realism)

Young Adult LGBT Contemporary: I’m going to cheat and say anything by Jen Wilde, Adam Silvera, or Becky Albertalli. I like all of their books!

Indie Book/Hidden Gem: As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway

Adult Classic: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Children’s Classic: Alice and Wonderland by Lewis Carrol

Children’s Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

Fantasy:  

  • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Sci-Fi: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Foreign Fiction: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Humor/Essay:  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Non-fiction/Memoir: Night by Elie Wiesel

Literary Fiction:  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Overall Fiction: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth E. Lang

It will be interesting to see how these might change by the end of the year. Can you pick one favorite book or do you have several? What did you think of my list? In the comment section, I discuss my “Least Read Genres”. What are yours? Let me know!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “My *New* Favorite Books

  1. More Book Chat:

    My Least Read Genres:

    1.) Historical Fiction:  I haven’t read a lot your typical historical fiction in my twenties unless I count books set during the Holocaust/ WWII, which for me is it’s own category all together. I did read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, but I want to say that was more of a circus romance? I plan to read Outlander this year! I guess I don’t read as little as I had thought. I guess it just depends on the setting. For example: I wouldn’t read a Western or any 16th-19th century HF about royalty and such. Those are what come to mind when I think HF, but it’s a broader genre than I realized.

    2.) Thriller OR Mystery: I have yet to find a favorite. It seems most Thrillers receive a 3 to 3.5 star rating so I think I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and pick one at random regardless of the rating on Goodreads. I read The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. It was so well-written, but I saw the twist coming and it ended up not being an impactful story. However, there was an ongoing theme of motherhood that was really interesting. I just don’t like domestic thrillers. . . maybe I’ll enjoy a mystery by Agatha Christie.

    3.) Romance: I have read a few Nicholas Sparks novels. I’ve also read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, but I’m hesitant to call it a romance because of the subject matter. I’ve read romance mostly as a subplot to other genres. Maybe that’s the most common way of reading it? Pick a different genre but with romance as the main theme. Romance is a pretty prevalent theme across most genres. I suppose I’m just not into erotica or “steamy” books. I know some people who enjoy adult romance novels thoroughly, but I have to like the setting. Which is why I’m most likely to read a romance in a fantasy setting. Maybe it’s not something I need to venture into.

    I think this means Thriller/Mystery is truly my least read genre. I even tried to read Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and couldn’t get into it. I will watch suspenseful TV shows without issue, but reading about it seems to be my challenge.

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  2. I adore East of Eden, especially Charles Trask. For some reason, his story just stays with me, and I think in the end the platonic love, and only real love, of his life was his brother. And considering Adam moved completely out of his life FOR A GIRL, Charles’ story was a tragedy. EOE is such an underrated, wonderful book, which deserves a stronger fan base!!! ❤ I'm so glad you liked it, too 🙂

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    1. I could not agree with you more! I need to reread it. East of Eden is such a layered story. I can’t go through life reading it just once. I still think about the story even years later. I also just immediately liked his writing style. Even for such a large book I didn’t have trouble with it.

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