Hey! This post is spoiler free!
Thanks, Han. Without further ado, here are the best books that I've read in the past year:
1. Eleanor and Park
I put off reading this book. In all honesty, really only because I was afraid it was going to be a bit like my book. It wasn't. I basically devoured this book within a week, which was fast for me as I was on Winter Break and all I wanted to do was binge The Mindy Project.
I can't help it. I'm obsessed.
As per usual (which you'll learn quite quickly if you come around here often) I was influenced by John Green to read this book. Seriously, I basically take all of my advice from him.
Yeah, that guy.
Anyways, the line that got me was this:
"Early in the novel, Park’s English teacher asks him why “Romeo and Juliet” has survived 400 years. With Eleanor looking on, Park says: “Because people want to remember what it’s like to be young? And in love?” After a moment, he adds, “Is that right?”
It is. “Eleanor & Park” reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book."
Eleanor and Park is a beautiful, contemporary novel about what its like to sacrifice as a young age when everyone else assumes that things are always easy. They aren't. It's a novel that will show teenagers what is often right in front of them, and it's a novel that will show parents their kids aren't joking when they say their life is really hard, and they're just trying to make it through.
2. Red Queen
Red Queen by Victioria Aveyard is a stunning debut. I'm not really one for fantasy books. I like Dystopian and Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction and basically anything with a love triangle. I like Harry Potter, and that's about as far as my love for fantasy went.
But, I heard about this book. And I love proving myself wrong. This was one of those cases. I fell in love with this story so much that I pre-ordered the sequel before the cover or title was even released.
In all fairness however, it did take me a while to get through the book because the beginning didn't capture me, but about 1/4 of the way through I was hooked and ended up ditching the Amsterdam city life on my vacation to finish the book in one sitting as the nearby Dutch cows mooed in their accents.
Needles to say, Aveyard captured me in this world that is almost entirely new with characters I completely fell in love with and ones that I quickly learned to hate.
3. Because You'll Never Meet Me
I immediately loved this book, though I have to admit it had little to do with the writing and a lot to do with the fantastic narrator who blessed my ears with his voice as I commuted to work 3 hours every day.
I read this of my summer of audiobooks, where I quickly learned that listening to James Bay over and over again would not get me through the Los Angeles traffic. (Though no one will ever replace Bay because he's Bae).
I found companionship in my long commutes through Audible. And this was my favorite one that I listened to that summer.
Its about two boys with completely different health situations, but because of those situations they are linked together and can never meet. Oli is allergic to electricity. Moritz has a pace maker. They would set each other off.
It's a beautiful story about two boys on complete opposite sides of the world trying to understand what it means to grow up, fall in love, and still be stuck in a body that betrays you at every turn. Even though it's probably not scientifically plausible, this book will give you major feels.
Those aren't ALL the books that I read in the past year. Or listened to for that matter. But they are the ones that stuck out to me the most.
And, seriously, this blog post would only be about one book if it hadn't been more than a year ago that I read it. And that book is We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (trust me, you'll be hearing a lot about that).