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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Young Adult Contemporary:

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky -OR-
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Lesyle Walton (magical realism)

SEE.  I can’t choose!

Young Adult Fantasy/Science Fiction : A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (sorry, not sorry). I didn’t love the series as a whole, but strictly on its own I appreciated ACOTAR for being the most imaginative fairytale re-telling I’ve ever read. I want to say I really liked Sabriel by Garth Nix, but it was published in 1995 so I need to reread it because it’s been soon long. I do remember it being a YA Fantasy I enjoyed back then. Erg. I guess I’ll just go ahead and add The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. It’s such a mixed genre (science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia). Depending on the day at least one of those three are my favorite.

Side note: I’m reading more works by Leigh Bardugo, Alexandra Bracken, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare this year. With the exception of Cassandra Clare, most of these authors were barely on my radar until I went to BookCon 2017.

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 – The first book was actually enjoyable. I don’t plan to continue the book series though. I’m open to finding other adult fantasy series because obviously I picked a popular one. My current on-the-radar adult fantasy writers are Jay Kristoff and 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!

– Vanessa




4 thoughts on “My *New* Favorite Books

  1. Here are 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 (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 do read Outlander this year!

    2.) Thriller OR Mystery: I have yet to find a favorite. It seems most Mystery or Thrillers get 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/Drama: 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. I have no idea where to start.


  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 🙂


    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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