Hi, everyone! I did one of these before, but it was crap, so I’m trying again.
1. Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray
These books have been my favorites since I was ten, and I love them a lot. They’re amazing, and perfect, and in the late Victorian Era, when everybody had debuts and people had class. Except for all the secret affairs that went down, but nobody’s perfect.
“You can never really know someone completely. That’s why it’s the most terrifying thing in the world, really—taking someone on faith, hoping they’ll take you on faith too. It’s such a precarious balance, it’s a wonder we do it at all. And yet..”
“We are all unkind from time to time. We all do things we desperately wish we could undo. Those regrets just become part of who we are, along with everything else. To spend time trying to change that, well, it’s like chasing clouds.”
2. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Everyone loves these books. Do I even need a reason?
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”
“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.”
3. The Selection series by Kiera Cass
These books are amazing. My dear sister was the one who made me read the first one, which I read in six hours, and then I was a brat until I got the others. However you can, read these.
“I hope you find someone you can’t live without. I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”
“If you don’t want me to be in love with you, you’re going to have to stop looking so lovely. First thing tomorrow I’m having your maids sew some potato sacks together for you.”
4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
This book is beautiful and funny and perfect, and I adore it. Lauren Oliver is clearly a sorceress of some kind, because this shouldn’t be possible.
“I love. Remember. They cannot take it.”
“How did I love her?
Let me count the ways.
The freckles on her nose like the shadow of a shadow; the way she chewed on her lower lip when she walked and how when she ran she looked like she was born going fast and how she fit perfectly against my chest; her smell and the touch of her lips and her skin, which was always warm, and how she smiled.
Like she had a secret.
How she always made up words during Scrabble. Hyddym (secret music). Grofp (cafeteria food). Quaw (the sound a baby duck makes). How she burped her way through the alphabet once, and I laughed so hard I spat out soda through my nose.
And how she looked at me like I could save her from everything bad in the world.
This was my secret: she was the one who saved me.”
5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This one’s a classic, really, and everyone loves classics. Also, I love Jane’s independence, and she stands up for herself in ways some people don’t even do in the twenty-first century.
“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”
“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
6. Goose Girl Trilogy by Shannon Hale
My favorite book in this trilogy is Enna Burning, and I considered just putting that here, but I wanted to acknowledge that there are other books in this trilogy, also. These books are really awesome, centering around control of the elements, which I always think is fun because you can never actually have control of the elements. But yeah, these books are really excellent, and there’s some really wonderful romances in them. (Finna forever.)
“All I’ve ever wanted was to be near you.”
“Finn always called it Enna’s Stream. He tended to refer to most anything as belonging to her–Enna’s Meadow, Enna’s Mountain. When he referred to Yasid as Enna’s Kingdom, she said, ‘Isn’t that your heart?’
Finn smiled and kissed her hand. Isi rolled her eyes.
‘Oh you two are impossible.’
Enna laughed. ‘This coming from the girl who calls her husband ‘sweet little bunny boy’?’
Isi blushed. ‘That was just once.’
7. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
These books are the epitome of wit and hilarity, and Rose Hathaway is the funniest narrator on the face of the planet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all funny, and there are some dark moments later on in the series, but it’s fairly light, and Rose is amazing.
“You can’t force love, I realized. It’s there or it isn’t. If it’s not there, you’ve got to be able to admit it. If it is there, you’ve got to do whatever it takes to protect the ones you love.”
“The only thing better than imagining Dimitri carrying me in his arms was imagining him shirtless while carrying me in his arms.”
8. The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
Okay, this trilogy is one that I thought would be higher on the list, but I got a little carried away with all the other books, and yeah. So, these books are amazing and Noah Shaw.
“You’re the girl who called me an asshole the first time we spoke. The girl who tried to pay for lunch even after you learned I have more money than God. You’re the girl who risked her ass to save a dying dog, who makes my chest ache whether you’re wearing green silk or ripped jeans. You’re the girl that I–” Noah stopped, then took a step closer to me. “You are my girl.”
“Asscrown,” I muttered under my breath as I headed to my next class. I wasn’t proud of swearing at a complete stranger, no, but he started it.
Noah matched my pace. “Don’t you mean ‘assclown’?” He looked amused.
“No,” I said, louder this time. “I mean asscrown. The crown on top of the asshat that covers the asshole of the assclown. The very zenith in the hierarchy of asses,” I said, as though I was reading from a dictionary of modern profanity.
“I guess you nailed me then.
9. The Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter
These books are hilarious, and, like every other book on this list, kinda dark at times. Later on in the series, Cammie goes through some stuff, and it’s pretty intense, but it’s still really funny and amazing.
“I thought about how there are two types of secrets: the kind you want to keep in, and the kind you don’t dare to let out.”
“‘You know,’ I whispered, ‘some girls might think it’s creepy having a boy watch them sleep.’
He smirked and pointed to himself. ‘Spy.’
‘Oh.’ I nodded. ‘Right. So you’re a trained Peeping Tom.’
‘Product of the best peeping academies in the country.’
‘Well, now I feel much better.’
10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
This book had me crying from start to finish, and it was amazing. I rarely cry when I’m reading because I cry enough as it is, but this one was so sad and beautiful and haunting and ugh. It’s perfect.
“And that’s just it, isn’t it? That’s how we manage to survive the loss. Because love, it never dies, it never goes away, it never fades, so long as you hang on to it.”
“But I’d understand if you chose love, Adam love, over music love. Either way you win. And either way you lose. What can I tell you? Love’s a bitch.”
So, there you have it. My favorite books. My sister is still working on hers because she’s having a real hard time, but this’ll be her first post!
I hope you enjoyed this list, and if I haven’t done reviews for all of these, I’ll try to do that, but I forget things a lot, so, sorry.