Hello! Today, I have a kind of random post, with five of my favorite books that I will always recommend!! There is no specific theme to this, and the books range from adult fantasy, to YA contemporary, to middle grade dystopian. Despite that, I hope that this post is helpful in finding books to add to your TBR, and I’m going to get right into it!
Perfect on Paper, by Sophie Gonzales, is a YA contemporary novel about a bisexual girl named Darcy Philips, who runs an anonymous love advice business out of an empty locker at her school. Her advice is spot on, but her own love life is a mess. The LGBTQ+ representation in this is amazing, and I loved every moment of the book. My full review.
Aru Shah and the End of Time, by Roshani Chokshi is a middle-grade urban fantasy novel about a 12-year old girl named Aru Shah who finds out that she is the reincarnation of one of the legendary Pandava brothers. The book is based around Hindu mythology, and follows Aru as she goes on an adventure making new friends, and doing her best to save the world.
The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon: This book is amazing in so many different ways. While it definitely is difficult to understand at first, the world building is incredible and complex. The characters all have so much depth, and are all really interesting. The book is very long, at almost 900 pages but although it definitely felt intimidating at first, once I got into it I slowly but steadily pulled through it and got to the end.
The List, by Patricia Forde, is a middle grade dystopian novel, set in a post-apocalyptic world where Ark is the only safe place, and language is limited. Letta, the wordsmith’s apprentice is one of the only ones in the society who has access to the full language: everyone else is forced to speak from a list of just 500 words. The List has a fascinating plot, as well as great writing and amazing characters. I also loved the sequel, which I read very recently.
Amina’s Voice, by Hena Khan follows Amina, a young Pakistani-American Muslim girl. Suddenly, Amina’s best friend, stops spending time with her and ‘Americanizes’ her name. While she is grappling with this, at the same time, her Mosque is vandalized, something she is devastated by. In the beautifully written book, Amina learns how she can use her voice to bring a community together, and explores what her religion means to her.