As a child, growing up, my favorite thing in the whole world was reading. I can’t tell you how many countless hours I spent reading book after book after book. There was even a moment where I ran away after school with a friend (we just ended up at my grandparents down the street), but my parents weren’t too happy with me and thought sending me to my room would be the appropriate outcome. However, I spent that time in my room reading books– seems the appropriate thing would have been to take my books– am I right? hah!
Still, my point of that brief story is that reading meant everything to me. I remember being obsessed with the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen books and every family trip we ever went on, I always had a book in my hand. Maybe reading was a safety-net, perhaps, it was a way for me to escape reality. As an adult, I am fully away that fairytales do not really exist– however, I still love reading more than anything! Sometimes, it is STILL nice to escape the crazy-whilwinds of adulthood. Sometimes, you’ll find heartfelt lessons in these books, sometimes you realize things about your own life just by reading.
When I was in school, my teachers always pointed out that I was really good at detail. Every essay, every short story, you name it, I would pour my heart and soul into every last detail. I think the detail is sooo very important– especially, in books. I think that’s also a reason why I love writing so much. You can convey a story in the simplest form or you can drag it out with detail after detail. The way an author describes each character. There is just so much more to reading than most people understand.
I thought I’d share with you guys a list of my favorite books– just a few recommendations. So let’s get started, shall we?
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks: — you cannot go wrong with any Nicholas sparks book, however, this is by far my favorite from his novels. Not to mention, the movies were pretty great as well.
- The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson— This book is a three-part novel and it is amazing! I believe it was in Sweden that they turned all three novels into movies, however, here in America, we only have the English version for Girl with the dragon tattoo.
- Wildflower by Alecia Whitaker— being a singer-songwriter, I was naturally drawn to this book. It’s full of music, traveling, love, and family. It’s just one of those feel-good-happy-go-lucky kind of novels.
- Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M by Sam Wasson— I absolutely adore Audrey Hepburn. So I was very much intrigued to read this novel about Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the dawn of the modern woman. It’s a marvelous book and I highly recommend.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard— this novel is cross between Game of Thrones and Hunger Games. Two worlds divided by blood. Those with Red blood are known as the poor and they serve the silver blood. Those with Silver blood tend to have powers, Mare Barrow finds herself in quite the predicament when she is red-blooded but she has powers and that makes everyone around her very confused. I love the high energy and mystery of this novel.
- The BookShop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan— this book struck a chord with me. I think because I have never related more to a character in my life. The main character loves books, she had worked in a library. But soon her life got turned upside down and she found herself starting a completely new journey–one she never dreamed she would actually follow through. This novel is for sure something you must check out.
- YOU by Caroline Kepnes— known as a Lifetime and Netflix series, many people didn’t realize that show was based on this glorious novel. I highly recommend reading this novel– it’s even more disturbing than the show and I say that in a positive way. Joe Goldberg’s thoughts are so twisted it makes you cringe and yet, you desperately need to finish the book because how Caroline describes every scenerio is impeccable. She knows how to draw her audience in and it’s by far one of my top favorites.
- Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes— this is the sequel to YOU. I am actually in the middle of reading it now, and I LOVE it. It makes me even more excited for the second season of YOU to air. Full of mystery, dark secrets, and love–twisted love.
- Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling— Although I haven’t finished all the HP books, I highly recommend them. Who didn’t love the movies? I love every detail in the novels.
- The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly— This book is what inspired me to start writing my own novels. It epitomized what I love most about books– full of mystery and romance and dark secrets. I love this book very much and highly recommend to anyone. Although it is more old-fashioned, it embodies that of modern sensibility–with “family destruction, murderous revenge, and love found and lost and then found again.”
So there you have it, my top 10 favorite books. If you would like for me to do more book recommendations, I’d be happy to add more. Just message me or comment below. And please subscribe to my Blog here on SocalCharmblog.com and follow me on instagram at Socal_Charm.