For today’s blog post I decided to ask a bunch of amazing bloggers for their help to recommend you guys 3 books each. I knew I couldn’t cover as much ground and recommend as diverse a selection of books just by myself but with the support of these bloggers, I’ve got so many awesome books that I’m sure you guys will love too!
And as there are quite a few books, let’s just jump right in, shall we?
Destiny at Howling Libraries recommends:
If you forced me to choose just one all-time favorite, this book would be it. It has so much action and suspense, a beautiful slow-burning romance, incredible friendships, and a depiction of PTSD and trauma healing that meant a great deal to me on a personal level. It has a large cast of characters who are so complex and lovable, and I never tire of rereading it—even if it’s just a few chapters when I’m having a bad day and need a pick-me-up.
I first read this YA contemporary as a young teen, and have since reread it over a dozen times, yet it never gets any less wonderful and exciting. It features a very sweet romance, family bonding and healing, and a theme of severe trauma that, while heavy and hard to read, is extremely authentic and relatable. I always feel the need to advise major trigger warnings for assault when I recommend this book, but if you can handle that, I highly recommend it.
This is another series I advise HUGE trigger warnings for, as it features many difficult reading topics such as assault, slavery, and more, but if you don’t mind those themes and enjoy adult historical fantasy with a lot of political intrigue and an INCREDIBLY slow burning m/m romance, I cannot recommend it enough. It’s such an addicting series that I read it twice within six months and am already ready to reread it again this winter!
Jess at Novel Library Recommends:
I’ve read this as a child, as a teen and with a more adult perspective and enjoyed it every time. Whilst the love story is problematic, the writing is gorgeous and it’s not a classic for nothing! Despite not being a modern text it does still feel relevant and is still very readable.
The middle book of this trilogy has always been my favorite and is a book I have read so often in the past few years. I love its treatment of love, friendship and mental health issues. Of course, you do have to read the first book in the trilogy A Court of Thorns and Roses to really appreciate it first, but ACOMAF is definitely my favorite YA novel.
A book that questions what it means to be human and Other whilst also questioning sexual and gender norms. This novel took a while to get going but it is engrossing, interesting and ultimately has a twist at the end I didn’t see coming!
Amanda at Literary Weaponry Recommends:
This was the first book I read that felt like it had a truly unique magic system. To this day I can’t think of anything I’ve read that has felt more original, complex, and absolutely breathtaking.
While this book has had mixed reviews from readers since it released early in 2018, I know that it will be a favorite of mine for many years to come. For some books, it is not the prose that pulls you in. Sometimes it is a story that you needed to hear during a certain time of your life to help pull you out of a dark place. For me, that story was Invictus.
I will be the first to admit that this book isn’t for everyone but for me, it is the one I stroke the spine of lovingly every time I walk by. It is the book I pull off the shelf and flick through from time to time, reading a few random passages. This book is a comfort and as well as a magnificent story.
Marta At The Cursed Books Recommends:
I absolutely adore this book and I’d recommend it to anyone who’s looking for an intriguing read with a powerful female lead who smashes the patriarchy all the time. It’s a fast-paced read that you won’t be able to put down, I remember finishing it in one sitting because it was that good!
If you love mythology and you haven’t read anything by Miller yet, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Her debut, The Song of Achilles is glorious as well. I loved this one a tiny bit better though because of the discussion of what humanity entails, the complexity of Circe who seems to be a plain goddess at first but turns out to be so much more as the story progresses. Miller does an excellent job at recreating mythology and filling in the gaps of the unknown events as well.
I’d totally recommend this one if you’re looking for a dark tale of intellectuals, tragedy, murder and beauty. It has some intriguing relationships as well, the characters are unique and their voices shine on paper. This one will always stay with me because of the beautiful and touching writing. It also reminds me a lot of How to Get Away with Murder, if you love the show, this one is for you!
Caro at Book Cheshire Cat Recommends:
I could write a whole essay about how much I love these books. If you didn’t know I’m a huge Witchlands fan and my mission has become to recommend these books as much as I can! So here we go: I absolutely love the worldbuilding and intricately connected plotline in the Witchlands books. I’m a huge fantasy love, so reading these books was like heaven for me, because I really clicked with the worldbuilding and I’m generally a fan of books that have so much intrigue and so many twists that there are a lot of theories around as to what could happen next. Then, I, of course, adore the characters, they are all very flawed and realistic and you really get to know them inside out. My favorite is, of course, Aeduan, a very mysterious bloodwitch who think he’s a horrible monster when he really isn’t. I just love all the morally grey characters as well as the amazing friendship between the two main ladies! I cannot wait to see where this Series goes next!
I love all of Rick Riordan’s books so much, but the Magnus Chase Trilogy is my favorite thing he has written so far! I love all books in the Series, but the first one still holds a special place in my heart. The Sword of Summer is probably one of his funniest books and has such great humor, it really made me laugh out loud several times. I love all the characters too, they are so real and the friendships are very heartwarming – I especially appreciate that there is minimum romance and that the focus is definitely on all kinds of relationships! Apart from that, we have a great diverse novel too with a strong Muslim female character, as well as a deaf elf and several characters of color.
This book means the world to me and has really touched me by how much it understands me. It has excellent anxiety representation, fandom culture and profound friendships that really left their mark on me. What affected me the most was how much I related to the main character Tay and her anxiety. I felt deeply connected to her thoughts and feelings, they resonated within me and her journey throughout the book felt so empowering too. I can only highly recommend this book to everyone, it tackled so many important topics, made me cry with its touching moments and laugh at the amazing friendships and all the fandom references!
I was originally going to include all recommendations from the bloggers who participated into a single post but as you’ve probably realized, this post is already quite long so I’ve decided to split it up into two posts instead! There are still 5 more bloggers to come so get excited for part 2 of this post! 😉
Did you guys read some of these books too? What did you think? Are some of them maybe even on your favorites lists? Let me know in the comments down below! And if you want to share some of your recommendations – feel free to do so too! We can make this post a fun place for everyone to discover some new books! 😀
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