I read a lot.
I mean, really. A lot.
Reading and dancing are my two getaways from the real world, so I spend much of my time looking for new books. I peruse my local book stores, online stores, and thrift shops on a regular basis. And over the years, I've found some pretty incredible ones. I'm sure I'll continue to add to this page as I think of more or come across more, but here's my list for now.
You all should read-
^ My favorite book of all time. It's a beautiful story about realizing why life is worth living. About teenage years and suffering and finding out who you are. It's definitely not for kids though. One of my tattoos is mentioned in passing in this book, and it's one of the most inspiring (and yet depressing) books I've ever read.
^ If you're a woman between the ages of 20-29, you should read/do this book. It's a journey that explains why 20 somethings tend to have "mini crises" and how to get past it. It's a workbook as well. There are lists to write, questions to ask others...etc. It's a beautifully written book and definitely worth the buy.
^ This is an actual journal that was released for publication a few years ago. It's an extremely serious novel, and it's definitely for 13+. I love journals, and the fact that this one is so powerful makes it my favorite out of all that I've read. Most would say that it should be 16+ or 18+, but I know that I read dark, serious content when I was younger, and teens nowadays see and do so much more than adults expect them to (not that i'm all that old, but still).
^ This novel satisfies my want for weird. I'm an avid lover of anything odd, morbid, or just all the way out there weird. It deals with a boy, an island, an orphanage, monsters, and time warps. Along the way, the author includes photos of the occupants as well. I tore through this book and I need to buy the next one.
^ It's a series about magic, love, and it's set in the Victorian era. What could be better? There are three books in this series, and it's one of my favorites. I recommend these to everyone. The end has a twist that you definitely won't see coming. The magic in these books is so incredibly written that it's one of those books that almost come to life while you read it.
^ I keep this book on or in my nightstand at all times. I'll loan it out to people when I think they need it, and friends and I have sat down to watch the movie accompanied with wine and tears on multiple occasions. Elizabeth Gilbert gives a soul shatteringly good story of her own life in this book and I'm not sure that I've ever read anything more inspiring. It makes you question almost everything in your life, but it also makes you appreciate more than probably do.
^ I'm not a huge fan of feel good, romance type novels. Call me crazy. But I picked up this book one day and decided to give it a try because I literally had nothing else to read. Surprisingly, it ended up being much better than I thought. It's deeper than I thought it would be, and though on the surface it's just another teen story with the same ending, it's also a moving story of one girl and one guy dealing with everything from eating disorders to immense anger issues.
^ I know that this book has had a lot of hype lately because of the movie (which, by the way, is INCREDIBLE), but it's worth all of the fame that it's getting. It's a coming-of-age story in the best way. I wish I had written it. I hope I can write something this beautiful someday and get Emma Watson to play the main girl. It's gritty and it's written like a journal so it's a fast read. You could honestly read it in a day if you wanted to. And you should want to.
^ Philippa Gregory is a genius. Historical fiction has always been one of my favorites and she really did her research with this book. This book convinced me to research a lot of it myself, and I now love Anne Boleyn, in all of her awful glory. The book is 10x better than the movie, as well. It follows the sister of Anne Boleyn (the woman who Henry VII beheaded and caused a religious upheavel over because he wanted to annul his marriage) who was [partially fictitiously] almost the wife of Henry as well. It's complicated, cruel, and extremely telling of how the court acted around the king during that time.
^ Last, but certainly not least, is the Harry Potter series. These books were my childhood, preteen years, teenage years, and they're now following me into my 20s. I love and adore and cherish everything about them. They do start out somewhat childish and gain depth as you continue throughout the series. Half Blood Prince is my favorite. Snape is my favorite character. I hate Ginny. [And I'm in love with Draco/Tom Felton.] I'm not actually sure that we can be friends if you haven't read these books. So get to it!