These are some of the books that have impacted me the most. They’re books I still think about today, long after finishing them.
1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This is my favorite book of all time. It’s the book I turned to during the worst reading slump because I needed to be reminded why I love reading. It’s not the deepest, or best written book out there, but for some reason I just connect to this story.
2. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I can’t believe how often I still think about this story. It impacted me so greatly when I first read it, that I still recommend it all the time. If you haven’t read this and haven’t been spoiled – go pick up a copy asap!
3. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
This was the first high school curriculum book I read and loved. And it was a huge turning point for me reading wise. It opened my eyes to the fact that not all literary fiction is stuffy or nonsensical. And for years after this, I read exclusively classics and literary fiction.
4. Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
This may seem like an odd choice but this book introduced me to my love of romance. I thought literary romance would be cheesy and cringey. But I became completely obsessed with this romance and I attest my love of the genre to this book.
5. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
This book will forever have a very special place in my heart. I read this a year after dealing with my own infertility issues and felt so seen for the first time in book. I also don’t think I’ve ever cried so hard while reading.
6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
I think of this book whenever I’m closed minded about a genre or topic. I hate books about famous people and rarely enjoy historical fiction. But this is one of my favorite books of all time. It is a constant reminder to step outside my comfort zone from time to time.
7. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
My love of reading stems from this series. This series was my first experience anticipating a release date. It’s also the origin of my binge reading habits. I remember staying up all night to finish the latest book in one sitting.
8. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
This is probably the saddest book I’ve ever read. And the amount of tears I shed is only trumped by All Your Perfects.
9. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo
When I joined Bookstagram, this was the first book I read. Everyone was gushing about Leigh Bardugo and this series and I felt so out of the loop. I will always associate this story with the amazing book community.
10. What He Doesn’t Know by Kandi Steiner
This was one of the first romance novels I ever read. It was also my first experience being completely obsessed with an audiobook. I remember sitting on my kitchen floor listening to this because cooking was too much of a distraction.
What are some books your are most thankful for??