Some books you can read and forget about after a few months, but there are others that stay with you for a long time afterwards. There are also those books that will always stick with you, no matter what, and have affected your life in some way. Here are a few of mine:
Jessie Hearts NYC by Keris Stainton
I love books for a wide range of reasons, but one of the main ones is because they’re always there when I need them most. When I was 12, a few months before I started my blog, my granddad died and it was something that affected me hugely, us being so close and me being so young. During the months after, I turned to books to help me through and one of these books was Jessie Hearts NYC. For this reason, it’s a book I’ve recommended a lot and Keris’s books, like Jessie Hearts NYC and Emma Hearts LA, are a great place to start for readers who are starting to read YA.
The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
I started reading YA when I was around nine or ten, and The Princess Diaries was one of the first YA books I read. I raced through the series right away and still love the books just as much as I did then. Although they were written quite a few years ago, they’re still extremely relevant and Mia was one of the first characters to teach me about feminism and important issues. She’s one of my literary role models!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
It’s a book you either love or hate, and luckily I was one of the people who loved The Catcher in the Rye. I love how it voices realistic teenage feelings and I just want to give Holden Caulfield a big hug. It’s a book I really want to re-read soon, especially as it’s been a while since I read it. I reviewed it here.
Magus of Stonewylde by Kit Berry
I don’t know where to start with this book because I love it so much. The Stonewylde series is the best book series I’ve ever read and the books are incredible. We all have that one fictional world where we’d do anything to get to it and Stonewylde is mine. It’s the place I can perfectly see when I close my eyes and it has influenced my life in so many ways. I wouldn’t be the same person today if I hadn’t read it.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I love Fangirl for so many reasons, but the main one is that I feel as if I am Cath when I read it. We’re so similar and I love her passion for the books she reads and what she writes. The relationships in the book – Cath’s relationship with her sister, her dad and Levi – are written so well and in such a relatable way. I ADORE it!