I. LOVE. BOOKS.
I was a reader loooong before I was a writer, so naturally it was my love of reading that spawned my love for writing. Books have carried me through hard times, and helped me celebrate in fantastic ones. Books are my solace, my vacation, my church. There are some books *cough* TheBookThief *cough* that I’ve read so many times I know nearly every line.
I’m a fantasy writer, but I think it’s important to read outside of your genre. I’m also a firm believer that everyone has a reader inside them–they’re just waiting for the right book, so below I’ve put together a list of books below that I recommend to pretty much anyone and everyone.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Historical fiction, set in Nazi Germany. READ. I don’t care what genre you read or write, READ THIS BOOK. DO IT. I’ve read it twelve times. I’m not kidding.)
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (I think this author is one of my new faves. This duology is an amazing example of a heist novel in a fantasy setting. You will fall in love with the characters.)
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (I. Love. This. Book. It took a chapter or two for me to become fully immersed, but it is FABULOUS. It’s an incredible perspective on poverty and a gorgeous look into the lives and voices of some of the most underrepresented people in India.)
- The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (Adult high-fantasy, fantastic world building and characters. First in a trilogy. The books are kind of long.)
- Eon by Alison Goodman (YA fantasy set in an East Asian culture. I honestly don’t know why I like this book so much. I think it’s a mix of the characters and the mythology of the world.)
- Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden (True story of a man that was born in a North Korean concentration camp and escaped)
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (I shamelessly, wholly, LOVE this series. Book one is worth ready if only to get to book 2. I liked book one, but book two made me an utter fangirl. Be still my heart.)
- The Forgotten Highlander by Alistair Urquhart (Memoir a WW2 vet recalling his experiences of being a POW to the Japanese. NOT a happy book. But very good.)
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (A book about a family of white, Christian missionaries that move to Africa to bring them Jesus or something and things do not go as planned. Fantastic characters and a great exploration of the ramifications of colonialism.)
- The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (YA high fantasy. Probably one of my favorite fantasy series of all time because of the two main characters.)
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (This is a good book and I will fight anyone that says otherwise)
- On Writing by Stephen King (If you’re a writer, you need to read this book. Seriously.)
- Literally any series by Tamora Pierce. (They’re all YA fantasy, mostly geared towards high schoolers, but they’re what got me into writing so I’m biased. The Circle series and the Beka Cooper series are probably my favorites.)
- Tamar by Mal Peet. (Story about a man involved with the resistance fighters that pushed back against the Nazi’s during WW2)
- Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (YA dystopia where the world has basically been fucked by climate change. This book is honestly kind of weird, but I love it.)
- To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (because duh)
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Not the happiest book ever, but it’s an interesting look at Geisha culture from the viewpoint of someone forced into it)
Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite books? I’m always looking for new things to read!