Aside from blogging and working as a nurse, I am also adept in reading. Anyone, I might say, it only requires patience and passion. A couple of days ago, I have come to this conclusion that I have spent too much time on my laptop whenever I have a free time or right after my work. Yet, it doesn’t mean that my reading score is now zero, null. In fact, I can share some books I can recommend reading this year for all ages.
Before I discovered the world of blogging and social networks, I have always turned to books and I have always found joy in reading. Now I am badly missing it. I miss those times when I lose myself in the web of words or in the scent of the pages when I leaf through them, may it be an old book or a new book. That odor always brings me to that utter feeling of contentedness and home.
If you are a reader, you could relate to what I am feeling. For that reason, I have gathered a list of the books that I have read in the past which I would really like to read again. Therefore, I suggest that you might love to read one of these books whenever you feel burned out from blogging or from working. Anyway, reading gives us ideas what to write and motivates us to write more and fill that hole what we think is lacking in our writing. These books are arranged randomly, and some may not be your cup of coffee but try reading wouldn’t hurt your ego.
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Here are the books I can recommend reading this year for all ages:
“We’re actors in our lives, pretendin’ to be who we want people to think we are.” Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry
Here’s your typical American high-school story where the bad boy Alex Fuentes meets the ‘‘it’’ girl, Brittany Ellis. I was a bit skeptical before I read this story, but I gave it a go anyhow. I thought it’s really this bad boy meets perfect good girl cliché story. Well, maybe in some aspect, but it’s a story about judging one’s character and appearance and breaking the stereotype. However, Brittany is not your so perfect type of girl who everyone adores, and everyone wants to be. In reality, she has real problems too. If you’re into high school drama with a bit of angst and cheerleading girls, this story is for you. And if you like to imagine a bad boy swearing in Spanish, grab a copy of this one. One thing that has also convinced me to read this novel is this interracial thing, a Mexican male protagonist and an American protagonist girl. This book is a stand-alone, but Alex has brothers who have stand-alone stories too, but I picked this to be featured here.
2. Rival by Penelope Douglas
“I punched every wall in the goddamn house, Fallon. But I swallowed it down. Because that’s what we do. We swallow every brick of shit this world feeds us until the wall inside of us is so strong that nothing breaks it.”
― Penelope Douglas, Rival
Don’t you love the idea of falling in love with your enemy? Imagine it. No, right? But Penelope Douglas had written it flawlessly. Fallon and Madoc are step-siblings who hated each other but wanted each other with a passion. I won’t go more into details, because that would be a spoiler already. Madoc is the friend of Jared from Bully, another book from the same author which I also love, and you’ll be reading about it down below. And I couldn’t wait anymore when I found out that Madoc has his story too!
3. Bully by Penelope Douglas
“You were never clingy or a nuisance, Tate. The day you moved in next door I thought you were the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. I fucking loved you.”
― Penelope Douglas, Bully
I don’t know what to write here without being a spoiler and without giving myself away that I adore this book. Tatum has been bullied by Jared, who was once her best friend. After being away, she was back and started fighting Jared back. There is indeed a fine line between love and hate, and Jared had really done his best job to torment Tatum. Jared is such a douchebag but I keep on justifying and rationalizing his attitude. A bully he may be to Tatum who made sure no boys could touch Tatum, but he has his own reasons. If the topic bullying is sensitive for you, then that’s up to you if you want to have it a go. Until recently I didn’t know that Bully has its continuation in a book called AFLAME, which I still have to read.
4. Vicious by L.J. Shen
“I loved her when I hated her. And I loved her when I didn’t want anything to do with her.”
― L.J. Shen, Vicious
He is cruel as his name implied. He is the reason why Emilia had to leave their town, or he is the one who kicked Emilia out from the comfort of town and her poor family. This story reminds me of Bully and After the Night by Linda Howard. After ten years, Vicious came to New York, and guess what, he wouldn’t leave without Emilia in tow. It’s a story about two individuals from two different societies. Rich and Poor. Emilia is the daughter of Vicious’ family’s hired help. Vicious had also given Emilia a cute pet name, Help. And oh, Emilia hated him with passion, so that’s what Vicious thought. But only Emilia could call him names, asshole.
5. A walk to remember by Nicholas Sparks
“Jamie: You have to promise you won’t fall in love with me.
Landon: That’s not a problem.”
― Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
I think almost everyone knows this story, or should I say this movie. But we’re talking about a book here. If you are one of those people who don’t know the story of Jamie Sullivan and Landon Carter, don’t worry, I will enlighten you without giving away too much of the story. Jamie was this bible-hugging daughter of a Baptist minister who seemed to be contented with her life until she met Landon Carter. The movie was a bit different from its novel but both have moved me somehow. This book was beautifully written, the emotions were there and it felt so real. I even cried while reading it or maybe after reading it. I was heartbroken that I got sick for one whole week. No kidding. Seriously.
“The value of affection going up when it was in short supply”
― LaVyrle Spencer, Separate Beds
I have always loved reading romantic novels about marriage of convenience and this book is one of the remarkable novels I have ever read. I would like to say, one of my favorites, but I decided against it. I find this book so heart-wrenching. Catherine Anderson was from a poor family who got pregnant by Clay Forrester after a blind date. The two were forced to wed, although they didn’t really love each other. In some parts of the book, I have hated Clay for leaving our heroin to be with his ex and Catherine had to struggle with being a single mom and a student. After some twists and dramas, eventually, they ended up together. Sorry, spoiler. 😉
7. Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
“Nature had squandered an unreasonable quantity of male beauty on this undeserving creature.”
― Lisa Kleypas, Devil in Winter
First things first, I would like to say I am a fan of Lisa Kleypas. I love her books, but this Devil in Winter is on top of my list when I think of the author. Devil in Winter is one of the historical novels that I really love, it’s about Evangeline Jenner, a shy stuttering wallflower who proposed the devil in winter, Viscount St. Vincent, a marriage of convenience. But this shy girl had a lot of surprises that the rake couldn’t help but drawn not only to her profound beauty but to her wit. And his Evie had given him a challenge for 3 months to win her, and St.Vincent had taken the bet. It was not easy, but he would have his Evie in the end.
8. Gone with the wind by Margaret Mitchell
“Hardships make or break people.”
― Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the wind
This story is about Scarlette O’Hara, one of the daughters of a plantation owner in Atlanta, Georgia. This story was set during the American Civil War and the Reformation Era, where the once spoiled and self-centered Scarlette had to struggle from poverty after Sherman’s army marched through Georgia. She had to be strong and harden her personality when her family turned to her for support. It is not your typical love story of a sixteen-year-old girl who was orphaned and had to meet both ends to survive. Gone With the Wind is a captivating and a heart-breaking story, you may love and hate Scarlette for her actions. Being married thrice with three different men for three different reasons, Scarlette had gone through a lot, and at the end, she realized she really loved her third husband, Rhett Butler.
9. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
“Any fool can get into a fight, but a wise man knows how to stay out of them.”
― Ken Follett, The Pillars of the Earth
This was this 974-page book who made me read until dawn until my sister complained to turn the light off because she’s sleeping. It is so good, and it is so thrilling that I wanted to know what happens next. I couldn’t just bring this book down. Ken Follett brought me to the 12thcentury where this cathedral in Kingsbridge is being built. While reading I felt like I was within the book, watching each character and waiting what would happen next. I even find the description interesting on how the cathedral is built and the characters’ personalities as well. I would really say, it’s a must-read book!
“By what name is she called, Kincaid?”
― Julie Garwood, The Bride
It is one of the first Julie Garwood books that I have read and one of my favorite historical romance novels so far. I think it was love at first read that I have decided then, I will read other Julie Garwood’s books, but The Bride has always been my favorite. It tells about a mighty highland laird who had to take an English bride after the king’s order. But Jamie was not a willing bride, she was feisty and witty, but she had a good heart that you couldn’t help it but love her too. Alec might be bossy and arrogant as a highland lord but he’s a good guy and he loved our Jamie! But it’s not a soft love story, well, yeah, we’re talking a highland lord here. If you’re curious and would love to know more about Alec and Jamie, just grab a copy of this one. You won’t regret it.
There are other books which I would love to feature but these ten left a mark in my memory that I decided they deserve to be on this list. Some of the books that I can also recommend reading this year are The Fault in our Stars by John Green, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase, Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte, and Married by Morning by Lisa Kleypas.
Until then, I hope you had enjoyed reading it and decided to read some of the mentioned books above. Like me, maybe you’re inspired to write your own novel too. Anyway, I would love to read your opinion and connect with you. If you’re an author or a writer, and would love your book featured on my blog, just let me know. 🙂