Hello my friends! ~
Recently, I was trying to think of some different blog post ideas, but it seemed like every time I came up with something, I’d realize I would just keep talking about the same books over and over. So then my mind went to this: a post about books I love, but don’t talk about enough. There are plenty of them, but today I’ll just be sharing 12.
Some of these books I read a while ago (way before I started my blog) so I never had the chance to talk about them on here yet. Some are particular books in a series I liked better than the others. Others I feel just deserve more hype. But they’re all books I’d like to spend time giving some attention to.
Here are those books I love that I think deserve more of my praise:
Vicious by V.E. Schwab (Villains #1)
I feel like all my hype for Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy tends to overshadow my love for Vicious! But this book is absolutely genius. The very strange and lovable found family made up Victor, Mitch, Sydney, and Dol is all kinds of wonderful. The whole concept of this series is super interesting and it gives me lots of X-Men vibes. I definitely need to give more love to this one.
Angelfall by Susan Ee (Penryn & the End of Days #1)
I read this quite a few years ago (like, probably 4 or 5, at least) so I remember very little of it, but I do remember loving it a lot. It was so, so good. I still have to read the last book in the series, but I’d have to revisit the first two beforehand (which I sort of want to do anyway). I think this series is much too underrated and I tend to forget about it because of that. So here’s some praise for it now!
Cress by Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles #3)
The Lunar Chronicles will forever be one of my favorite series and that’s mostly due to this book in particular. I enjoyed all the retellings in this series, but a Rapunzel inspired story? A Rapunzel inspired story with sci-fi and fantasy elements? That was everything. I can’t even imagine the amount of times I watched Tangled after reading this.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This one I have a bit of an excuse for not talking about more because I only just read it a couple months ago, but I still haven’t had the chance to mention how much I adored this. I was a little wary going in to it because of how highly regarded it is in the bookish community but it truly lived up to all the hype and more. This entire story was incredible and Evelyn is easily one of my favorite characters I’ve read about. What an actual icon.
Champion by Marie Lu (Legend #3)
Look, the end made me… very upset… but this book was so good. I remember I wasn’t really in to this series until around book 2, but Champion was what made me fall in love with it as a whole. I was super, super invested in this one. Knowing Marie Lu is continuing the series with Rebel (which is out this! year!) has me so excited.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (The Montague Siblings #2)
My love for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue knows no limits, but I have to make sure I rave about the masterpiece that is the sequel as well. Lady’s Guide features one of my actual favorite characters ever, Felicity Montague, along with a whole iconic girl gang. This entire book is basically intelligent women going on an adventure while defeating misogyny, so it’s basically everything I ever wanted and more. So much love!!
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy #2)
Since I liked the Six of Crows duology a lot more, I tend to look back on the Grisha Trilogy in a more negative light. But, ya know, I should stop grouping all the trilogy books together because I genuinely loved Siege and Storm. And not just because of Nikolai (although that is a huge reason, certainly) but because I actually thought the plot, the writing, and the character development were well done. And also, the addition Nikolai didn’t hurt.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If there’s one book I probably mention too much on my blog (and just, in general) it’s Carry On, the companion book to Fangirl. I really don’t need to talk about how much I love that book again, but I do want to take a moment to give all my love to Fangirl. I just… hold this book so close to my heart. It made such a significant impact on me when I first read it because it made me feel so seen. It’s also the cutest story. I love love love it.
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
This was arguably my all time favorite book as a kid (pre Percy Jackson or Harry Potter) and I honestly still can’t get over how good it is. I remember my third grade teacher reading this to us in class and I was so intrigued. Looking back on this story gives me all the nostalgia. And the movie is so precious as well. I’m going to have to do a reread and a rewatch of those soon.
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me #3)
You know those books you read and loved a long time ago, but you’re not entirely sure you would feel the same if you read it now? That’s basically my thoughts about the original Shatter Me trilogy. I read it years ago and it was a favorite back then, although I don’t know if I can say the same now. But I have to stand by Ignite Me because I know this conclusion was excellent. At least I hope it was and I’m not just remembering it like that? Either way, a solid book. Definitely my favorite of the series thus far.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I never would’ve picked this up if not for my Creative Writing class in high school and wow am I so grateful I did. I didn’t even have high expectations going in to this, but it turned out to be such a captivating and powerful story. This book is one of the main reasons I want to read The Book Thief, which is the same author! Still can’t believe I haven’t read that one.
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Time Quintet #1)
Besides a few Magic Tree House books, this was my first real introduction to fantasy, and therefore, I cherish it dearly. Reading this will always be one of my most memorable and important experiences since it’s what set the standard for the genre I love the most to this day. Even before Harry Potter did! Also, I remember when I was reading this I got so invested in it that I refused to do anything else and my mom had to take it away from me for a little while. It’s safe to say I loved it a lot.