When I think about my favorite books, I always go back to that part of The Vow when Channing Tatum’s character, Leo, asks Rachel McAdams’s character, Paige, what her favorite book is and how amazing it would be to read that book for the first time again. I love giving book recommendations to people, but at the same time, I get a little jealous of them because I wish I could go back to before I read those books and just keep falling in love with them, page after page. When it comes to my favorite books, it’s not always about the plot or the storyline; more often than not it’s about how I connected with the characters and how the book made me feel at that moment in my life. The books I truly fall in love with are the ones that I finish and instantly want to read all over again.
I do want to note that I’m not including Harry Potter on this list because honestly, it’s on a list all by itself. Harry Potter will forever be my number one, and when it comes to any book lists, Harry Potter is always on the top because it’s the best.
THE LUNAR CHRONICLES SERIES BY MARISSA MEYER
If you haven’t heard me talk about my love for the Lunar Chronicles series yet, then you must be new around here. Ever since I saw Marissa Meyer speak on a panel at the Austin Teen Book Festival back in 2013, I’ve been so obsessed with this series. When I read the synopsis of the book before the festival, admittedly, I was skeptical about it, but after hearing her speak about the series, I knew I had to give it a try. Now I’m disappointed in myself for not reading it beforehand and missing my opportunity to meet her and speak to her about her books.
If you don’t know what this series is about, it’s basically a futuristic retelling of fairy tales, and each of the books in the series focuses on one of the four main heroines: Cinder (Cinderella), Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), Cress (Rapunzel) and Winter (Snow White). It’s so easy to get sucked into the world that Marissa creates, and honestly, this is one of my favorite series that I’ve ever read (ever). I just finished the last book not too long ago, and it was by far my favorite in the series.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN
I can’t believe it took me as long as it did to read The Fault in Our Stars. The emotional trauma I experienced while reading this book is insane. There aren’t many books that make me cry, but I bawled like a baby at the end of this one. John Green really knows how to make you fall in love with characters and make them so real.
By now, I’m sure everyone has heard of this book in some way, shape or form whether it be through reading it or seeing the movie. While I loved the movie so much, and I think it did the book justice, there was no comparison for me. I didn’t cry in the movie, but I was inconsolable after reading the book. I can only imagine what I’d be like after reading The Fault in Our Stars again for the first time. Yikes!
THE TRUTH ABOUT FOREVER BY SARAH DESSEN
Honestly, every single Sarah Dessen book should be on this list, but I’m going to limit it to two. I read my first Sarah Dessen book when I was in high school, and she will forever be my favorite author no matter how old I get. If you’re not aware of Sarah’s style, she’s a contemporary YA novelist, so you can expect to have a misfit girl falling for a misfit guy and him being perfectly imperfect. Seriously, every leading man she’s created could be on my book boyfriend list.
The Truth About Forever is especially special to me because it centers around two main things: loss and perfectionism, two things I, along with many people I know, deal with too often. Wes is also one of my favorite Sarah Dessen characters, and just writing about him makes me want to pick up the book and read it again.
THIS LULLABY BY SARAH DESSEN
This Lullaby is probably my third most read Sarah Dessen novel, after Just Listen and Someone Like You. In some ways, I can relate to Remy so much, particularly in how she approaches dating. I’m not as specific as Remy is when defining what characteristics are acceptable in a partner, and I’m definitely more open to giving almost anyone a chance, but like Remy, I have a list in my head of things that I consider “deal-breakers.”
My love for music is almost parallel to my love for books, and This Lullaby combines the two of those things. My only wish is that this book came with a soundtrack because I’d love to listen to the jingles and songs they come up with. Maybe I should consider listening to the audio book. Hmm…
THE SELECTION SERIES BY KIERA CASS
I feel like The Selection series was written for pre-teens and teens, but I’m not even embarrassed by the fact that I fell in love with it at 24. This series is pretty much The Bachelor meets Princess Diaries minus the humor. It’s just such a cute story, but at the same time it stressed me out a bit and some parts even left me flustered. I just adored this series, and I’m even looking forward to reading the many novellas that go along with it.
WE WERE LIARS BY E. LOCKHART
Holy cow. I don’t think there are enough words for me to say how much I wish I hadn’t read this yet, but only because I just want to read it over and over again without knowing how it ends. You know how there are some movies that, once you watch it once, you can’t watch it again because you already know the big twist? We Were Liars is kind of like that. My favorite part of the book was the mystery behind that summer and what had happened to her. Since I already know what happens, I would probably read it again just to see if I can pick up any clues and look for any foreshadowing, but beyond that, I will most likely just recommend this book to everyone I know and wait for the “WTF” texts after they finish. I just love this book so much.
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER BY STEPHEN CHBOKSY
I’m ashamed at how long it took me to jump on the bandwagon for this book too. Everyone was talking about it, and I waited until after it was made into a movie before deciding to read it. This is one of those books that you can easily read in one sitting. It’s such an easy read with such a heavy impact at the end.
What books do you wish you could read again for the first time?