Book Recommendations // Books I Loved & Am Afraid to Re-read

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.

Excited GIF - Sprinkles of DreamsTo 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.

Don’t forget to check out my LGBTQ+  book recommendations, mental illness book recommendations, and Asian book recommendations posts for more amazing books you don’t want to miss out on! 📚

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Books I Love

Saving June by Hannah Harrington
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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?

 

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75 thoughts on “Book Recommendations // Books I Loved & Am Afraid to Re-read”

  1. I am so glad you included the Grisha trilogy because I love it too and it was one of the first trilogies that I insisted on reading despite the not so glamorous reviews!
    I would like to re-read it too sometime but I am afraid of doing so..
    Great as always!

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  2. I want to read Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac so muchhhhh?????? I love heart-warming parent/child relationships, cheering on cute romances, and amnesia has always been something that scares me??? Lots of people have that one giant fear that they’re scared of happening, and amnesia is one of mine. I need to rehearse my top fears regularly or else I don’t feel complete xD ++ I don’t know why, but for some reason it reminds me of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, it’s a completely random association but THE VIBE I’M GETTING IS SO STRONG.

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    1. AHHH I really loved it when I read it, and I think you’d like it, too, Malanie! 🧡

      Omg yes that sounds so scary, I didn’t even think much about it, when I read it, to be honest? And I’ve never heard of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, I HAVE to look it up now.

      Happy reading, Mals & I hope your week is fantastic!! 🤗🌻

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  3. How is it possible that I haven’t read/heard of most of these books?? The Grisha Trilogy might be one I pick up soon because I just want to be reintroduced to the SoC world! Leigh Bardugo does an amazing job of world building though I am worried of the tropes and unhealth relationships you mentioned 😦 I also care a lot about the main character because it really sets the tone for the story/series so the bland main character will be something I’ll keep in mind. 🙂

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    1. YES I noticed that hardly anyone in my friends list has these books on their shelves. 💔

      And ahh you should! But it’s a good idea to lower your expectations, especially because you’ve already read SOC, and I know a lot of people who have were disappointed. And ahh no, maybe I was unclear, it’s the love interest that’s bland … but maybe you’ll feel differently about him?

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Tiff & I hope you’re having a great day (especially post-exams)!! 💞

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  4. I’m probably one of the few who actually enjoyed the Grisha trilogy more than SoC. Don’t get me wrong, they are both amazing and Leigh Bardugo is the Queen™️ but there’s something missing from SoC that exist on Grisha trilogy for example, the Grisha powers themselves 😀 Great post Lily!

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    1. Haha, definitely! One of the few who enjoyed it, and then one of the only ones who love it more than SOC. 🙈

      I think I’ll have to re-read them both to be sure, but I rated all the books four stars so far … I did miss the powers a bit in SOC, too, though. And I can’t wait for King of Scars, I feel like it’ll be a good mix between both of these series.

      Thank you so much, Tasya! I hope your day is kind to you. 💕

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  5. OMG!!!! I love Graffiti Moon! It’s one of my favorite books of all time. It’s so underrated and I wish more people knew about it. There are a lot of books that I read back when I wasn’t such a critical reader and I’m afraid to re-read them too. 😂 I give five stars way too often back then. 😂

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    1. AHHH that makes me so happy!! It’s such a wonderful book, and I highlighted so many quotes and paragraphs. ❤ I loved the artistic aspects, and also the romance (+ boyfriend goals). :')

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Marie & I'm so glad I'm not the only one who feels this way. ❤

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  6. fantastic post, Lily ❤ I have read Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac a long time ago and its French translation, but I remember really loving it, it was such a good book! I only read the Six of Crows duology and I am not sure whether or not I'll give the original Grisha series a try just yet, but I am so in love with these covers, haha 🙂
    I added everything else on my TBR because everything looks way too good to pass up. THANK YOU. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Marie! 🌷❤️

      Oh, I’m so happy you loved it! Hardly anyone I know has even heard of it—I shipped the pairing in this book is so much. 💞

      I looove these covers, I wish the new Six of Crows covers were this pretty. 🙈

      My pleasure!! I really hope you love them as well, and I’d love to hear what you think of them. 😊

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  7. I’ve read only Grisha Trilogy from this list and irrespective of the problemetic relationship-potrayal (that you’ve correctly pointed out), loved it wee bit more than SoC. 😀
    “Fall For Anything” sounds like a book right up my alley. Would read for sure. Thank you for the recommendations.

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    1. It’s such a pity, too, because I love a well-written childhood-friends-to-lovers storyline. 😦 Ohh really? I’m so used to hearing people bash the Grisha trilogy in favor of SOC, haha. 🙈

      I absolutely adore it!! I really, really hope you’ll love it as much as I do—and I’m always here if you want to chat about it. 🤗

      Thank YOU for your sweet comment, Jheelam! Happy reading & I hope you have a wonderful day! 🌷💕

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  8. omg i am so obsessed with rereading lately and it has brought So Much suffering into my life. so many books i loved…now casualties of me hating everything. but actually i don’t even mind that so much? i’m just a more critical reader than i used to be, and even if i hate a book i used to love at least i’m now reflecting my accurate thoughts on it.

    but also for your safety and mental health i hope you reread these books and still love em!! (i haven’t read any of them except the Grisha trilogy, and i DNFed that halfway through.)

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    1. sndjfjsdfn EMMA. That’s exactly what I’m hoping to avoid, I just want to preserve my fond memories for these books for eternity. And aw that’s true, but I’d still feel really sad about it, I need to learn how to #letgo.

      Thank you so much!! (I knew you’d fall into the I-hate-the-Grisha-trilogy-camp.) ❤

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  9. I feel the same way about the Grisha trilogy. I really enjoyed it at the time, especially since it helped me get out of a reading slump, but I‘m afraid to reread it (even though I haven’t read SOC yet and would love to read the Grisha trilogy again before that, because I remember basically nothing 😂)
    Another series I‘m afraid to reread is the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater. It’s the reason I first fell in love with Maggie‘s writing, but there are some tropes in it that I‘m not sure I would love now…

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    1. Ohh same! It’s one of the series that reminded me of why I love to read – I really want to re-read both this series, and the SOC series! I hardly remember anything about it, either. 😂😂 I hope you’ll love SOC when you get to read it, it’s so good!!

      Maggie Stiefvater and I don’t have the best relationship, to be honest. 🙈 I remember never really being able to connect with her books for some reason, even though I like her writing. :/

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      1. I’m pretty sure that I will enjoy Six of Crows. I don’t know one person who isn’t completely in love with this series 😅
        Well, you can’t connect with the books of every author. I’m still sorry to hear it, but it’s obviously completely alright! 😊Which of her novels have you read?

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  10. Ah I totally relate to embellishing books in my mind- so I’m really scared to reread a lot of them! Great post! The only one I’d read was the Grisha trilogy and I wasn’t as blown away by it as everyone else cos I read it after the hype (though I *loved* six of crows). I actually wonder if I’d like it more the second time round reading it.

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    1. Thank you! 🧡 I’m so happy I’m not the only one. 🙈

      Ohh that’d be really interesting—actually loving a book more the second time around—I think it’s only happened once for me, with Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road. 🙂

      And ahh I loved Six of Crows, too! I’m not even afraid of re-reading it, because I know I’d still love it. 😄

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  11. These look great. I’m so gutted that I missed out on all these amazing YA novels whn I was younger. I read the childrens stuff in the local library by the time I hit about 12 and really struggled to find stuff. Back then it was Sweet Valley High, Point Horror and those Sweet Dream romances.

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  12. Love this post. I get so nervous about rereading books that I rarely do it. I’ve read I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk like 4 times but that’s probably the only one I’ve read over and over again.

    I just bought the Grisha trilogy and I’m so exited to read them. 🤭

    Steph xoxo

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