One of the most anticipated days of the year is here – World Book Day!! To celebrate the most relevant holiday for us bookaholics, I’ll be recommending 15 books of 15 different genres to you. I really hope you enjoy this post, and that you find something new to read 😄📚
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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.
She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.
She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.
The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.
Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.
I read this about two years ago and, unfortunately, never continued reading the series. I really liked it though, and I already have the second book because I NEED to finish reading this series – especially considering the cliffhanger at the end 😩
It’s the story of a princess named Lia, who runs away on her wedding day. She refuses to get married to someone she never met, so she teams up with her best friend, who is sort of a servant, and they escape together.
Throughout the story, we read from the perspective of two men who are following her – one is the Prince she was to marry, and the other is an assassin sent out to kill her. We don’t know which one of them is the assassin.
It’s a fantasy story with a thrilling mystery effect that I really enjoyed, and I can’t wait to get back into this world!
Between the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
As one of Odin’s Valkyries, Malin’s greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. The balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.
As Malin wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought, she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue-eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. Malin, along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend, must decide where her loyalties lie…and whether helping Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk—to the world and to her heart.
This was my first read of this year and I absolutely loved it! I’m not a fan of urban fantasy books, but this one was right up my alley.
It’s about Malin, who is a Valkyrie – which means her job is to ‘kill’ immortals, as in, send them to a sort-of underworld where immortals live when they’re done on Earth. She finds out some secrets and goes on a dangerous adventure with her best friend, her ex-girlfriend, and a cute boy that is stealing her heart.
It’s very fun, but also stressful because she deals with some really bad people. The mythology in this book is super nice, it’s definitely a positive in this book! I wrote a full review for it, you can read it here.
Buy this book: Paperback
The Selection by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
This is one of those books filled with clichés, but that are absolutely delicious. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be rolling your eyes every few pages, but you’ll devour the whole trilogy in the blink of an eye because this is truly addictive!
Prince Maxon is totally swoon-worthy, and I love the romance in this series. There’s also a political aspect, considering we are talking about a dystopian society, so that’s an interesting part of the story!
Young Adult Contemporary
In Real Life by Jessica Love
There’s just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.
Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she’s supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.
Hannah’s surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can’t be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.
This is a cute love story – you might say it’s a typical YA romance -, but there’s an element that I really appreciated: long distance.
It’s a subject that speaks to me, as I’ve been in long-distance relationships before, so it really moved me when I read it. I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned this book before, probably because I read it so long ago that I tend to forget about it, but I really loved it at the time!
Buy this book: Hardback
New Adult Contemporary
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
This was the first book I ever read by Colleen Hoover and, even though I haven’t read any others, I know this is an author whose books I will always like.
This is my favorite New Adult novel, by far. It’s filled with emotions, and there’s lots of sex, which I can appreciate. If you don’t like graphic sex scenes, don’t go for this book – after all, it’s about a strictly physical relationship that turns into something else.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow, 12, rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
As you probably know by now, Tahereh Mafi is one of my favorite authors. When she announced this middle-grade book was coming out, I lost my mind and had to get it – and I was not disappointed.
It’s an adventure book that reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, in which the main character teams up with a boy that loves to lie, in an attempt to find her missing father. I wrote a full review of the book with pictures of the gorgeous paperback edition – click here to check it out!
The Devil Crept In by Ania Ahlborn
Young Jude Brighton has been missing for three days, and while the search for him is in full swing in the small town of Deer Valley, Oregon, the locals are starting to lose hope. They’re well aware that the first forty-eight hours are critical and after that, the odds usually point to a worst-case scenario. And despite Stevie Clark’s youth, he knows that, too; he’s seen the cop shows. He knows what each ticking moment may mean for Jude, his cousin and best friend.
That, and there was that boy, Max Larsen…the one from years ago, found dead after also disappearing under mysterious circumstances. And then there were the animals: pets gone missing out of yards. For years, the residents of Deer Valley have murmured about these unsolved crimes…and that a killer may still be lurking around their quiet town. Now, fear is reborn—and for Stevie, who is determined to find out what really happened to Jude, the awful truth may be too horrifying to imagine.
This was the first horror book I read, and it definitely made me interested in reading more. It’s the story of Stevie, a boy whose cousin, Jude, disappears out of the blue. A few days later, after several attempts of Stevie at finding him, Jude comes back – but it’s not really Jude. He’s different, he acts weird, and Stevie tries his best to make him normal again.
This book is terrifying at times, and disturbing all around. If you’re into horror movies/books, I would definitely give this one a try! Read my full review here.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous wife and her obsession with her replacement.
You will assume you are reading about a woman about to enter a new marriage with the man she loves.
You will assume the first wife was a disaster and that the husband was well rid of her.
You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.
Discover the next blockbuster novel of suspense, and get ready for the read of your life.
This book will probably be in my top 5 of the year. One of (if not the) best thrillers I’ve ever read.
It’s about a woman who recently divorced, and she is having a hard time dealing with it. Then, we have another POV, of the woman her ex-husband is now going to marry. She feels as though she’s being watched.
It seems like a regular story until you’re hit with a plot twist that completely changes everything. This book is simply genius, and I need to get myself a physical copy of it because I currently only have the ebook!
The Lost Woman by Sara Blædel
Though murdered in England, it turns out that the woman, Sofie Parker, is actually a Danish citizen who’s been on the Missing Persons list for almost two decades–so Louise Rick is called on to the case. Then, in an unexpected twist, the police discover that Sofie had been reported missing eighteen years ago by none other than Eik, Louise Rick’s police colleague and lover.
Impulsive as ever, Eik rushes to England, and ends up in jail on suspicion of Sofie’s murder. Completely blindsided by Eik’s connection to the case, Louise is thoroughly unsettled and sick with worry, yet she must set aside her own emotional turmoil if she hopes to find the killer in what will become her most controversial case yet…
At the beginning of this book, we read from the perspective of a killer. He is crouching, aiming, and then shooting at a woman through her window. Then, detective Louise, our main character, starts investigating this murder. Next thing we know, Louise’s boyfriend is a suspect on the case.
This is a Nordic Noir book full of revelations that deals with controversial and sensitive subjects. It’s a quick, intriguing read that I definitely recommend. You can read my full review here.
You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan
That is, until Kate spots Mark miles away from home, out in the city for a wild, unexpected night. Kate is lost, having just run away from a chance to finally meet the girl she has been in love with from afar. Mark, meanwhile, is in love with his best friend Ryan, who may or may not feel the same way.
When Kate and Mark meet up, little do they know how important they will become to each other—and how, in a very short time, they will know each other better than any of the people who are supposed to know them more.
This is another book I never mentioned here on the blog because I read it forever ago. However, it’s one of my favorite LGBT books. Whevener I want an LGBT read, I tend to go to Nina LaCour’s books, she’s very good!
You Know Me Well is about two high school students, Kate and Mark, who sit next to each other in class but have never spoken. One crazy night, their paths intertwine, and a beautiful, strong friendship is born.
It’s a cute YA romance, but I wouldn’t say the romance is the focus of this book – it’s their amazing friendship! It’s a different contemporary book, so I thought it would be the best recommendation for today 😊
Summer Days & Summer Nights by Various Authors
Maybe it’s the long, lazy days, or maybe it’s the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.
An anthology of YA short stories, including different genres, with characters of multiple sexualities, races, cultures, etc. A great summer read, considering it focuses on the warmer weather – perfect to read by the pool with a cup of lemonade!
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
Aristophanes’ comic masterpiece of war and sex remains one of the greatest plays ever written. Led by the title character, the women of the warring city-states of Greece agree to withhold sexual favours with their husbands until they agree to cease fighting. The war of the sexes that ensues makes Lysistrata a comedy without peer in the history of theatre.
I’ve talked about this comedy in a wrap-up before. It’s absolutely brilliant, and a very accurate depiction of how women were seen in Ancient Greece.
Lysistrata gathers the Greek women and gets them to agree to refrain from sex, as a way to stop the Peloponnesian War. It’s extremely misogynistic, but it’s sure to make you laugh at some of the dialogue!
Buy this book: Paperback
The Illiad by Homer
The Iliad is one of the two great epics of Homer, and is typically described as one of the greatest war stories of all time, but to say the Iliad is a war story does not begin to describe the emotional sweep of its action and characters: Achilles, Helen, Hector, and other heroes of Greek myth and history in the tenth and final year of the Greek siege of Troy.
The start of it all – one of the first Western pieces of literature. It is brilliant, and I love how, as you read it, you can see the influences of The Iliad on basically every book you’ve ever read.
It tells the story of Achilles, a Greek warrior whose honor is attacked by Agamemnon. The background is the Trojan War, and different conflicts take place between Gods, humans, and Gods and humans. If you haven’t read The Iliad, please do so, you won’t regret it – just make sure you choose a good translation!
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.
On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.
The first and only literary fiction book I’ve read. I wouldn’t have read it if it wasn’t required for my English class last semester – but I am SO glad that I had to read it.
This is a historical fiction novel set in the 1930’s and it follows Briony. She sees something that she doesn’t understand, an interaction between her sister and the son of a servant. Then, what she saw brings consequences to everyone, including herself. Throughout the rest of the novel, we see her try to atone for what she did.
This is brilliantly written and even more brilliantly plotted, so I recommend it, 100%!
SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard
In SPQR, an instant classic, Mary Beard narrates the history of Rome “with passion and without technical jargon” and demonstrates how “a slightly shabby Iron Age village” rose to become the “undisputed hegemon of the Mediterranean” (Wall Street Journal). Hailed by critics as animating “the grand sweep and the intimate details that bring the distant past vividly to life” (Economist) in a way that makes “your hair stand on end” (Christian Science Monitor) and spanning nearly a thousand years of history, this “highly informative, highly readable” (Dallas Morning News) work examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries. With its nuanced attention to class, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, SPQR will to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.
I read this book for an essay, and I went in expecting a textbook kind of thing. However, I was pleasantly surprised, as Beard writes about history in a very simple and easy-to-understand way. She also makes sure to always show both sides of the coin, to let you know that there are two perspectives in every moment of Roman history.
If you’re a history enthusiast, I definitely recommend Mary Beard’s work – she even has documentaries in which she gives you a tour of different Roman monuments!
Alright, those are my recommendations for 15 different genres. I hope you like them as much as I did!! ☺️
Have any recommendations? Leave them in the comments, and happy World Book Day! ♡
Thank you for reading,
I’ll see you in my next post ♡