I love discovering books! If you're in a reading rut, why not check out some of the books I have listed? We book lovers must band together to escape into the sensational world of literature!
- Warm Bodies (Isaac Marion) - zombies! I know some people say how cliche it is to add zombie in the list, now that we have mythical creatures like vampires and werewolves running around the young adult romance section but surprisingly, it works! Despite the protagonist being a zombie, the story itself is warm, fluffy and funny. Major thumbs up! I even went to see the movie because I like the book so much. Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer did not disappoint. I must say that the soundtrack for the movie is also SPOT-ON.
- Anna and the french kiss (Stephanie Perkins) - some of the sweetest, non-complicated young love story, taking place in the most romantic city in the world: Paris! This book is equivalent to a daydream come true. What is more romantic than falling in love in a foreign (and gorgeous) city with a boy who has a British accent, a French name, US citizenship and killer hair?
- Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell) - Also along the line of Anna and the french kiss, this story starts off with the awkward Eleanor and the 'never-quite-fit-in' Park on the school bus. Like all love story, sometimes you just don't understand why or how you get attracted to certain people. Eleanor and Park, both with their own version of self-esteem problems found each other through the love of comics and music. Park and Eleanor make quite an unusual pair but I think that's what makes this story even more engaging, the fact that it's interracial love.
- Delirium trilogy "#1 Delirium, #2 Pandemonium, #3 Requim" (Lauren Oliver) - This trilogy rounds off the theme of love and how love is shunned in the society after a major destruction and war, believed to have stemmed from the selfishness and greediness that is; love. The characters do come alive in this trilogy, each with their own purpose and mission. I love Lena, the protagonist and her character reminds me so much of Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy. Rather than focusing too much on the romantic relationship between the main characters like Twilight, these books carry so much more essences and substances like pain, betrayal, loyalty, survival and more. The two love interests (Alex and Julian) aren't nearly as annoying as Jacob and Edward. If you have read and loved the Hunger Games, this will absolutely satisfy your reading buds!
- Hunger Games Trilogy "#1 Hunger Games, #2 Catching Fire, #3 Mocking Jay" (Suzanne Collins) - This story takes place in a post war era in the US where the country is separated into 13 districts. Every year, in commemoration of the war, Capitol will hold a game where each district has to be represented by two players and they will fight to the death until only one is standing. I love this trilogy a lot because it shows that even in the bleakest of time, there's hope and love. Don't ever dehumanize yourself. The characters have a pronounced presence and I can't help but like every single one of them (including the clueless Capitol characters like Elfie and the stylists). Definite MUST READ.
- Harry Potter "All 7 books!" (J.K Rowling) - This series deserves but needs no introduction. Who in this whole wide world haven't heard of the Harry Potter franchise? If you haven't, I feel for you. There are plenty of quality reading times to be obtained from this series and I can't even choose a favorite because every book is special in its own right. But if I have to choose, it would be the Prisoner of Azkaban because one of my beloved character is Sirius Black! If he is a real person, I would probably have a huge crush on him, yes, it is that bad.
- The fault in our stars (John Green) - This was my first introduction into the realm of John Green's literary works. His style of writing is pretty relax and kind of nerdy. He has a great talent in making even the most exceptional characters and plot into something so relatable. I find myself cheering for Gus and Hazel like a distant aunt. I like their chemistry and want them to be happy, no matter how they will end up. I don't want to spoil much so go ahead and check this novel out. It's a pretty refreshing weekend or holiday read. Plus, it's going to be adapted into a movie soon which is awesome! Oh yeah, did I mentioned that John Green is half of the superb vlogbrothers from Youtube? :)
- The story teller (Jodi Picoult) - This book strays a bit from my usual pick. Jodie Picoult has the ability to captivate every emotions and attention that has ever inhibit my system with even the saddest story ever. I like the lilt of her writings, how it sways my emotions, tugs at my heart strings and leaves me still begging for more. In terms of the story plot, The Story Teller is very intriguing, in a way where there are two correlating stories in one book. What impresses me is that both the stories supported each other and it was told in a way that one could not exist without the other. I can't rave enough about this book. It is very good and will leave you wiser at the end of the day. Totally recommended!
- The perks of being a wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) - Emma Watsons first brought my attention to this book. I didn't find it all that interesting at first and I can't seem to relate to most of the growing up things happening in this novel. However, I have to say that this book is a powerhouse for interesting and deep quotes. The type of quotes people tattoo on their bodies. For instance, my favorite quote was the end part which is "And in that moment, I swear we were infinite". I feel infinite indeed.