My All Time Favorite Books // Top Five

My All Time Favorite Books // Top Five

If you’re like me, finding an answer to the question “What’s your favorite book?” pretty much feels like trying to multiply 183 by 9384 in your head – honestly, how are people able to choose just one? Like, please narrow it down to a specific genre, at least?? (Though, to be fair, I’ll probably divide that genre into another ten sub-genres, because, well, there are just too many books that deserve a mention.)

However, before I digress, here are five of my favorite books that I absolutely adore, and which I picked out with the intention of being inclusive of most of, if not all, the genres I enjoy – in no particular order (… or so it would seem). Also, book series count as one book, right?

mix111. The Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling


There are books you love, because in addition to the stories they tell, they are also tiny time capsules that take you back to special moments and memories in your life – and the Harry Potter series is exactly that. Maybe that’s very cliché of me to say, but it’s one of those book series that will have its special place in my heart for my whole life, probably.

mix112. Emma
by Jane Austen


Emma is much less popular than Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, but while I haven’t read the latter yet, I absolutely loved the former. Jane Austen’s writing is simply marvelous, and the story unfolds so wonderfully, with an unexpected plot twist unraveling along the way that provides much amusement. I originally read this book for a school assignment, but I immediately re-read Emma right after finishing it for the first time – that’s how much I loved it. Even the protagonist – 10 points to whichever Hogwarts House you belong to, if you guessed her name right! – managed to endear herself to me, despite being introduced as a spoiled and entitled rich girl (which she unquestionably is), and I was more than entertained by her schemes and attempts at matchmaking.

mix113. Fall for Anything
by Courtney Summers

Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers

I’m not even embarrassed to admit that Fall for Anything is one of the few books that I can count on one hand, for which I stayed up until about two in the morning to finish reading, and ended up crying over multiple times. Which really says it all, because I very, very rarely cry – I … tear up, mostly. Fall for Anything tells a very beautiful, and very heart-wrenching story that took me completely by surprise, and I’m so grateful to have stumbled upon this book. It’s definitely one of the first titles that come to my mind, when someone asks me for book recommendations and I want to make them cry.

mix114. The Young Elites Series
by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I have yet to review this series in its entirety, because it’s so unbelievably hard to find the right words to do these books justice. Next to an immensely well-crafted female protagonist, who is also a morally ambiguous anti-heroine, an amazing, and unique plot – something that is so rare nowadays –, and wonderfully diverse, lovable, and complex characters, this series just blows every other dystopian or fantasy young adult book (series) I have ever (!!!) read out of the water.

mix115. Der gelbe Vogel* (Alan & Naomi)
by Myron Levoy

Der gelbe Vogel / Alan & Naomi by Myron Levoy

Not one single friend of mine in real life or on Goodreads has read this book, or has it on their shelves, and I’m so sad about that, because it’s honestly one of the best ones I’ve ever read as a child, but as you can see, it’s still a favorite of mineDer Gelbe Vogel still haunts me to this day, and I can’t help but become nostalgic, when I talk about it – even more so, when I recall how it has one of my favorite portrayals of friendship I have ever encountered. This book shaped my childhood and early teenage years in such a monumental way, and my heart honestly still hurts when I think about it.

*I’m listing the German title, because I read this book in German – I didn’t know English at that point in my life yet. :’)

blue-watercolor-wash-texture-5let's chat!Have you read any of these books, and did you enjoy them?
What are your favorite books?
Do you have childhood favorites that you still love to this day?

xx, Lily



79 thoughts on “My All Time Favorite Books // Top Five”

  1. “Even the protagonist – 10 points to whichever Hogwarts House you belong to, if you guessed her name right!” OMG STOP BEING SO WITTY

    and lol @ the fact that you didn’t know English and now you speak it better than me oops


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  2. YAAAY! Welcome on the blogosphere, Lily! Your blog already looks so beautiful *heart eyes*
    I love your first post, Harry Potter is a great book series, I haven’t read Emma yet, I did read Pride and Prejudice however and absolutely loved it, perhaps I will get to read Emma soon as well! ❤
    The Young Elites sounds soooo good, I've heard only great things about it, so happy to see it on your list!
    Lovely post! ❤

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    1. Ahhh thank you, Marta!! That means a lot!! ☺️❤️

      YES, Potterheads unite!! And I highly, highly recommend Emma, I really think you’d love it, seeing as you already loved Pride and Prejudice (which I’m planning on reading very soon!).

      Please make sure to let me know when you get around to reading The Young Elites, because that series honestly has my heart & it makes me so happy to see people reading it!!

      Thank you so much 💞💞

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  3. Harry Potter will definitely always have a place in my heart too. I came to it a little bit later than a lot of people, but still early enough that it shaped my later childhood, and it will always be a favourite of mine.

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    1. I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy it, Tasya! I can totally see why her character might be annoying to read about. I really hope you’ll like it more, if you decide to re-read it, though.

      And YES, those covers are so beautiful, I’m very tempted to buy the entire collection, even though I own the books already. 🙈


  4. I read Der gelbe Vogel in school and I remember hating most school literature at the time, but not this one (to be fair, the teacher I had that year picked stellar books throughout). I don’t know anyone irl or otherwise who has read it either, so seeing it on that list is really amazing 😀

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  5. I have read the first book in The Young Elites series and really, really enjoyed it… then other books came in the way and I didn’t get the second book and now I am wondering what the heck I am doing not reading this series, I WANT TO 😂😂 I also loved Marie Lu’s other books, Warcross, and Legend (only read the first book there as well… I feel like I might have a problem with series? 😂) I’m so glad to see it’s on your favorites’ list! 😀
    Lovely post, Lily! 😀 ❤

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    1. The second book in the The Young Elites series is my absolute favorite!! And the trilogy has the most perfect ending ahh I really hope you get around to reading it soon, it’s so brilliant. Same with the Legend series – there are maybe about ten books in total that have ever made me cry, and the last book in that series is one of them. To be honest, I like Warcross the least out of all her series so far (though I still like enjoyed it & can’t wait to read Wildcard).

      And thank you so much, Marie! 💕 I may have fangirled a little bit when I saw your follow & comment. :’)

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      1. Oh that’s great to know – you are making me so, SO impatient to finish both of these series now, I can’t WAIT 😀
        By the way, Wildcard’s book cover has been revealed yesterday………. I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan haha.

        You’re so welcome, aww you’re too sweet 💕 I already LOVE your blog, it looks so pretty and aesthetic and I can’t wait to read all of your blog posts 💕

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        1. That makes me so happy to hear, I can’t wait to fangirl about those books with you. 😍 And yes, I saw that cover, and … why? 😭 She and this book deserve(d) better.

          Thankyouthankyouthankyou ahh you’re so nice & I couldn’t be more flattered! 💕💕

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          1. Agree, there is SO much that could have been done with this cover, I’m just… well, I’m sad. At least, inside the story will still be great (hopefully haha) ❤
            Of course, you're welcome, I'm just saying the truth<3<3

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  6. oooohh your blog is so prettyyyyy!! & i’m hype af to see Emma on this list b/c i’m saving it to be my last austen and hoo boy the reviews are Mixed

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    1. Ahhh thank you so much, Emma!! That’s such a huge compliment, coming from you!! 💗

      I don’t know how many Austen books you have left to read, but ahh I can’t wait to hear what you think when you get around to reading Emma, I hope you love it!! And I’m genuinely so, so happy I’ve met someone who appreciates Jane Austen as well. :’)

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  7. I always say P&P is my fave, but for a while, I’ve actually reread Emma more times than I had P&P 😅 both have their own merits, and you can never go wrong with any Austen (she’s my all time fave author)

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  8. Emma’s one of my all time favorites too! It was the first Austen I read and after reading all her works – it’s still the one I love the most 💕 I haven’t read The Young Elites, cause I’m not super into dystopaians, but anti-heroines are my favorite thing so I’m adding it to my tbr! Lovely post 😊

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    1. I still have a few Austen books I need to finally get around to reading, but hearing that it’s your favorite, when you’ve read all of them, warms my heart. :’)

      The Young Elites is honestly so amazing, and I’m so excited you decided to add it to your tbr! Adelina is just such a well-crafted character, and I owe my love for anti-heroines to her. I really hope you love it as much as I do!! (And I feel like it’s more a dark fantasy, than a dystopian book.)

      Thank you, Aurora!! 💜


  9. I’ve always had one book on hand when people ask me for my favourite book, and that’s Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. It’s a magical retelling of The 12 Dancing Princesses, and honestly one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. I read it countless times as a teen! Though I haven’t read it in the last few years I now it will still live up to my love for it because I remember it very well ❤ So I recommend it!

    I still haven't read The Young Elites, omg. And yet the Legend trilogy is one of my favourites! Champion is on my perfection shelf! I have two copies of The Young Elites! What is wrong with me *sobbing*

    As for favourite series… it's The Diviners and the Study series (by Maria V Snyder). If you haven't read these I highly recommend them. The Diviners is one of the most intricately written series, and possibly the most diverse series I've ever read. And also 190s paranormal. And the Study books are just awesome fantasy books about poisons and assassins and cool stuff.

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    1. Ohh I’m going to look that book up now. Thanks for the recommendation, Chiara! ❤

      Please, please read The Young Elites series, it's so good, and honestly a blessing to the book community!! And nothing's wrong with you, you have an amazing taste in books and YOU'RE DOING GREAT. You'll get to it when you do. 🙂 (I love the Legend trilogy so much & Champion is on my all time favorites shelf as well!!)

      I have both of these series on my TBR, and I think it's time I moved them up on my list, priority-wise, because they've been there for far too long. Thank you for all your recommendations, I really appreciate it! 💕


  10. Reading classic literature is not a genre I read. Ever. (I did read “Sense and Sensibility,” but it was a struggle.) But someday I would like to try to read some Austen because I adore the BBC period dramas. “Emma” is something that always held appeal, probably in part because Mr. Knightley *might* be my favorite Austen dude.

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  11. YEEESSSSS!!The Young Elites is one of my favourite series ever! I love the world, and the mythology, and the magic! Everything about it is just so amazing, I am in awe of Marie Wu! And Adelina is both so terrifying and so beautiful!

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