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?
1. 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.
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.
3. 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.
4. The Young Elites Series
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.
5. 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 mine. Der 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. :’)
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?