Happy Monday, everyone! 🌸
& welcome back to a new book recommendation post of mine. 🤗
I’ve missed writing these posts, in which I get to do nothing else other than gush about books I adore, so much, and I’m especially excited to write this one, because I get to re-experience books I loved way back, around the time when I first started reading and reviewing books on Goodreads.
To be honest, I’m a tiny bit nostalgic, thinking back to those times. :’)
Before I turn into sap-Lily, though, let me tell you about five amazing books that I loved so very much when I read them, but which, seeing as that was a while ago, probably underwent many embellishments in my mind ever since … resulting in my fear of re-reading them, lest they turn out to be not quite as wonderful as my memory serves.
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Saving June is always the first book that comes to my mind, whenever I try to think of a YA contemporary that really, wholly won me over. Not necessarily because it’s the absolute best book I’ve ever read in this genre, but simply, because it’s the first one that made me think “this is absolutely amazing, and there’s nothing I would want to change about it”.
I still find myself thinking about it sometimes, and I’ve thought about re-reading it a number of times, but for now, I prefer keeping the fondest memories I have of it in my mind intact.
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Graffiti Moon is such an underrated book, and I really wish it got all the attention and adoration it deserves. It’s so beautifully written, and immensely compelling. It left me absolutely, and positively stunned, and with the realization that so much can happen in just one night—and a few hours can change your entire life.
Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
Fall for Anything is one of the books I mentioned in my very first blog post, in which I talked about my all-time favorite books, and also one I’ve mentioned throughout my blogging journey, whenever I talk about books I love.
It’s about grief, and loss, and friendship, about childhood friends whose feelings evolve into something more (I will forever adore the childhood-friends-to-lovers trope), and about all the ways in which the death of a loved one can affect you.
It’s also the first book to make me stay up way too late, bleary-eyed, and sleepy, because I just couldn’t tear my eyes away. I not only teared up, but actually cried (and sobbed … just a bit*).
*Apparently, today is the day in which I reveal how much of a soft, smol heart I have.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
I’ve seen this series criticized and being compared to—not in a good way—the Six of Crows (hopefully-soon-to-be-)trilogy so often, and while I love Six of Crows, The Grisha Trilogy is what introduced me to the Grishaverse, and I will forever cherish it for that reason alone.
But because I remember this series including tropes I’m not too fond of, and a romance I couldn’t quite stand behind, I’m beyond afraid that, if I were to re-read it, I just wouldn’t be able to look past unhealthy relationships, and, what I fear in retrospect to be a bland character.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
So many of the books that have captured my heart are coming of age novels, and Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac is definitely one of my favorites that can be classed as such.
It has a romance you can’t help but root for, and a father-daughter relationship that warms your heart—something I wish we’d see way more of in YA contemporaries—but what I love most about it is the message it sends, which I find to be so important … and which I unfortunately can’t share with you, because it’s a bit of a spoiler.
It’s a wonderful book, though. I promise.
Are any of these books on your TBR?
What are some books you love that you read a long time ago? 💗
Any books you’re afraid to re-read?