The way some people live for music, and others live for art or traveling or anything else that makes living worth it, and that thing simultaneously soothes and sets your soul on fire; books are that ‘something’ for readers.
And as someone who has more than 300 books in just the closet, I’ve managed to cut it down to nine books (that had the biggest impact on me, whether by breaking my heart or ruthlessly messing with my mind) that I’d recommend to those who share my love for reading.
- THE SEVEN AND A HALF DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE by Stuart Turton
“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”
Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every single day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor- the place that has literally trapped him in a never-ending time circle. Every time Evelyn dies, Aiden loses his memory and has to start all over again.
Everyone is unreliable and absolutely everything is questionable and there are so many pieces of the story but nothing fits where it’s supposed to.
A brilliantly balanced knife’s edge of a book- unfolding gradually with secrets unveiled as more false hints are fed to the readers. the entire book seemed like an elaborate lie, and I could believe nothing I read. With a nameless killer waiting in the shadows and having no one to help him except another killer who loses all her memories every single day, how does Aiden literally race against time itself to find a killer (if there even if one.
- THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
“It kills me sometimes, how people die.”
‘It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.’ Death himself narrates the story of a little girl, Liesel, growing up with her foster parents. You’d think Death would be intimidating, but he was a ray of light illuminating earth’s saddest time. We hear people calling God’s name every day for many reasons, but when Death calls to Him in despair and even those calls fall on deaf ears, no one can fail to understand the gravity of the situation.
Liesel craves books and learning how to read them, so she starts to steal some from any place she can find. The story has the grief and anger that comes with war sprinkled all over its pages, but it’s never morbid. Humor dances through the brilliantly balanced book.
This is a book about the power of words and language, and it is fitting that it is written in just such this way. If you want a fast read, this book is not for you. If you only like happy endings, this book is not for you.
- I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson
“The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”
I’ll just say it, okay? this book is a masterpiece. It is loud and colorful and funny and completely shatters your soul (I’m not even kidding). There are twins and each of them has only half of the story. They’re both artists and their characters are so raw, so passionate (and also in so much pain), and the writing gave me chills. The use of artistic metaphors is beautiful. The characters connect so cohesively with their incredibly dark-twisted histories that all collide into the craziest, most fulfilling love story ever.
To sum it up, the tale follows the past present, and future of the twins as they try to live on despite losing a mother, losing their passions and their sanity.
- BREAKING BUTTERFLIES by M. Anjelais
One word? Chilling. Breaking butterflies is an example of a brilliant yet disturbing work of writing. From the very beginning, it’s obvious that that the end result is going to be a disaster, but it’s very hard to pull away when the book has an interesting and horrific representation of two children whose lives were planned out for them since before they were born. One, a sociopath, and the other with no self-preservation skills whatsoever.
The story follows the lives of the girl who can’t stay away from the boy who cut her face when they were just kids and the boy-prodigy with the ‘broken brain’ who is literally incapable of understanding what emotions are.
Definitely, one for readers that enjoy dark psychologically disturbing storylines.
Some books that are as good as the ones mentioned above and deserve to be read and appreciated –
- CLOCKWORK PRINCESS
- SHATTER ME
- ELLIPSISM (a haunting, painful read that leaves readers incapable of reading anything else for a long time after the end. This story captures raw sorrow so incredibly well, every line felt like a million stabs to my heart).
“HAPPY READING GUYS” 🙂
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