I have always loved to read and during quarantine, where I now spend upwards of 10 hours a day on electronic devices, I have a newfound appreciation for reading which is practically the only thing I can do nowadays that doesn’t make me want to slam my head into the nearest brick wall. This list is composed of old favorites and new discoveries that I believe you will enjoy. 🙂
- The Hazel Wood
Melissa Albert’s wonderfully creepy debut novel tells the tale of Alice Crewe, a seventeen year-old girl whose fate is permanently intertwined with fairy tales so dark they would give the Grimm Brothers a run for their money. The first time I read this book I was in my car at night and I may or may not have sprinted to my front door after convincing myself Twice-Killed Katherine was watching.
Consisting of literally everything eight year-old and sixteen year-old me could ever want, Cornelia Funke weaves a masterful and magically sinister yet strangely heartwarming story that gives the phrase “silver tongue” a whole new meaning. This book has been a favorite since I was very young and I have read it no less than 13 times.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns
I can safely say that this is one of, if not the best book I have ever read. Hosseini, a refreshingly unbiased narrator, effortlessly paints a poignant picture of each of the character’s tribulations and the quiet strength in which they bear it. I firmly believe I felt nearly every single emotion ever known to man while reading this for the first time, it is absolutely spectacular.
- The Passion of Dolssa
This Printz Honor winning book by Julie Berry tugged on every single one of the heart strings I have and then some. It takes place during the Spanish Inquisition and compassionately narrates the lives of a heretic, a wily tavern keeper and her sisters, and a vengeful priest that come together in a heartbreaking crescendo.