I’ve hit a bump recently in my motivation to read more. It seems the more I read, the more I keep revisiting my favourites which in turn slows down my discovery of new favourites. That’s why I thought why not share my go-to books that make me feel comforted, happy or just invigorated. They have brilliant prose or they’re really funny or they have fantastic plot lines, or maybe they have all three. See below for my (shortened) list of favourite books.
A Hat full of Sky: I distinctly remember finishing this book a few years ago on a very snowy day, cozy under my reading blanket on the couch. It was my first Terry Pratchett novel and I’ve been obsessed ever since. It is a YA novel but it doesn’t read like it because Sir TP doesn’t really change his writing to fit the reader. I remember finishing this book and feeling like there was a bubble of happiness inside of me because of how much his writing touched me and made me laugh. I give this book a 10/10 based on that memory alone (plus I’ve read it a million times since). Highly recommend!
Harry Potter: Do I need to say more? I didn’t think so.
Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen would’ve been my bestie if she lived in the 21st century (there’s no way I’ve travelling back in time to terrible dental hygiene, slavery and high af mortality rates). P&P is simply amazing. Every time I read it it feels like I’ve discovered something new. There’s quite a few people who are turned off by the prose but seriously, if I could read the unabridged version in grade 4, you can do it now. Highly recommend!
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Okay fine, Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan is not exactly a classic but it is an excellent adventure series. We all need a good adventure in our lives. For some reason I love reading YA books simply because they focus more on the tasks at hand instead of constant romantic drama or emotional turmoil. I really like this series and go to it whenever being an adult exhausts me. I give it an 8/10 overall but 10/10 for really good use of puns and sarcasm.
Song of Ice and Fire: I don’t think this needs an explanation. Read it and weep (literally because Jon Snow, amirite?).
There you have it! A really, really short list of my go-to favourites. Give at least one of them a try and let me know what you think!
Until next time,