Hi! So I was reading all your bad lit reviews (which are awesome by the way) and I stumbled on your book recommendation for The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I just finished reading it and my god, that book was fan-fuckin-tasic! Could you spare some time to give me some more good book recs? Thank you so much!
if you’re looking for good, rich books that stay with you even after you’ve finished reading them:
- the night circus - magical realism/vaguely historical. on the romance side of things and possibly the best thing i’ve read so far this year.
- phèdre’s trilogy (kushiel’s dart being the first instalment) - this was recced to me by a friend and i am deeply grateful she did because this book was a wild ride from start to finish. kushiel’s dart has everything; rich and innovative worldbuilding, action, plot twists, intrigues, and a dash of very well-written romance.
- wild - nonfiction/memoir. i’m pretty sure everyone’s read this already what with the oscars and all that, but just in case. i really enjoyed the movie but i feel it failed to convey the true spirit of the book. it’s a really interesting read for a variety of reasons, kind of bittersweet but also very raw.
immersive reads that make you think, and feel, and sometimes fuck you up real nice:
- gone girl - fiction/thriller/mystery. i mean, everyone knows what this is about, but again - just in case. again, the movie was good but lacked that je ne sais quoi that the book had in spades. this is my review of it on goodreads.
- house of leaves - fiction/horror/mystery. this book is fifteen years old and still able to tap into our most primal fears and insecurities, making it a very uncomfortable (and at times creepy as hell) read. you either love this book to bits or you hate it with a fiery passion, there’s no in-between.
- the book thief - historical fiction (WWII). i’m quite sure everyone’s read this already but i’m sitting here in 35° raking my brain, looking at my kindle and shelves, trying to think of very good books, and this is one of the first i thought of.
- american gods - urban fantasy/mythology. now, i don’t particularly like neil gaiman as a person but he’s an exquisite writer. putting down american gods is pretty fucking hard, so i usually recommend it for summer when one generally has more time to spend lazing about with a good book. possibly a margarita. this work has pretty much everything: action, sarcasm, mythology.
manu bennett as shadow.
- world war z - sci-fi/horror/post-apocalyptic. do yourself a favour and read this instead of watching the movie.
summer reads (not necessarily light or short and easy, but perfect to put you in a good summer mood):
- fangirl - contemporary. i keep reccing books everyone’s read already lmfao. at least this time i don’t have to explain what a fangirl is, which is always a plus. also by rainbow rowell i recommend attachments (i have a weird relationship with this book but it was also rowell’s first novel and no one’s perfect). both are funny and sweet, on the romance side of things.
- all creatures great and small series (all creatures great and small being the first instalment) - non fiction/animals everywhere. james herriot was a british veterinary who, after uni, moved to a picturesque yorkshire town to work in a rural practice. hilarity ensues. these books literally taste like summer. they’re light, sometimes nostalgic, undeniably entertaining.
- pride and prejudice; jane eyre - classics. jane eyre is the best thing to read during summer and i will fight you on this.
- vampire academy series (vampire academy being the first instalment) - literally what it says on the tin. at first i was kind of disappointed in the series but by book three i was completely hooked. i’m very fond of the characters and worldbuilding, and it’s a series that stayed with me.
- the lunar chronicles (cinder being the first instalment) - sci-fi/dystopian/fairy tales remix. i have a very complicated relationship with this series but by now i’ve read every book in it (the last instalment comes out in… december? who knows) and it’s basically like reading a sci-fi episode of once upon a time with less manpain and marginally less drama. really entertaining (i just checked goodreads and i didn’t write a review for scarlet since i read it for dewey’s 24 hour readathon but i did jot something down for cress and fairest. mild spoilers ahoy).
- this year i’m not in a ya mood so i’ve mostly left the genre be. for ya recs try some booktubers (the ones i like best are peruseproject and padfootandprongs07, which actually have opinions that go past “oh my god i loved it”)
hope this helps!