I’ve been spending a bit too much time on Bookstagram recently.
Oh? You’ve never heard of Bookstagram? Me neither, until a few weeks ago. Allow me to enlighten you.
Bookstagram is an area of Instagram where voracious readers create an account solely to post bookish content – their TBR lists, book categories, bookshelf tours, etc. It’s done two things for me.
First of all – it’s expanded my TBR SIGNIFICANTLY. I have so many more books I want to read now.
Secondly – it’s also made me want to turn my blog into a little more of a Bookstagram . . . er, book blog.
Oh wait. There’s a third one.
I have bookshelf envy.
Anyway. I’ve taken inventory of my bookshelf (pitiful as it may be) and sorted fifteen of my favorite books into five categories, with three books in each. I’ve categorized them, and hopefully at least one of the them will spark your interest. 🙂
Three books that will make you believe in love.
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey. Ah. There is nothing better than boy-meets-girl and their instant chemistry leads them to uncover a deep, dark secret and, oh, they just might happen to fall in love in the process.
The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar. Feminist literature? Kick-butt women who fly planes in World War II? Girl pilot meets soldier? YES PLEASE.
Lovely War by Julie Berry. *sighs happily* A nurse falls for one of her soldiers. There’s even Greek mythology in this one too, guys. And the cover. OMG. I couldn’t ask for any more.
Coincidentally, all three of these books are historical romances as well, and all of them involve WWII. So, if you love adorable WWII historical romances, you will undoubtedly love all of these.
Three books that will make you want to put on your dancing slippers.
Caraval by Sephanie Garber. This one is a series, and it’s my absolute favorite fantasy series in the entire world. Another world, with clues and magic involved? A gorgeous man falls for an even more gorgeous woman during a time-sensitive mission to save said woman’s little sister? Absolutely.
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig. A mysterious stranger shows up during the untimely deaths of a young woman’s sisters. A secret dance hall. No one knows who will die next, but our brave heroine better figure out what the mysterious stranger is hiding before then!
The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. Not unlike the bachelor, dozens of impoverished girls from all over the kingdom must compete to marry the kingdom’s wealthiest bachelors. But knowing our indepdent main character, she might chart her own destiny . . . oh, and it’s a trilogy, too!
Three books with unique character backstories.
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. When a girl struggling with her health loses hundreds of pounds, she decides to leave her house and start attending public school – but she never expects to befriend the school’s most popular guy.
Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum. Our main character lives in the shadow of 9/11 after her one-year-old birthday picture is taken with the South Tower of the World Trade Center crumbling in the background. Seeking a bit of anonymity, she meets a boy whose life was also changed by the same tragic event.
Letters to the Lost by Brigitte Kemmemer (not the same as Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey featured in the first list). After her mother dies, a young girl is shattered and an emotional train wreck. She starts writing letters to her dead mom and leaves them at her grave – but she didn’t plan on someone writing back.
Three books I purchased solely because of their gorgeous covers.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord. The main character’s mother’s cancer returns and, desperate for something to do, said character begins a job as a camp counselor. There, she meets a very special boy who changes her life forever.
a lite too bright by Samuel Miller. A boy’s grandfather dies and the boy, left with his journal, adventures across the United States to figure out the mysterious events surrounding his death.
Mosquitoland by David Arnold. Our young heroine, uprooted and moved across the country after her parents divorce, travels back home to figure out why her mom is sick and had let her go.
Three books set in a different version of our world.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin (quite possibly one of my favorite books ever). In a time when all women are suspected of being witches, our brave and peculiar main character (a witch, of course), winds up married to a witch hunter – and so many things could go wrong.
Scythe by Neil Schusterman (a trilogy!) In a time when people no longer die on their own, someone must control the population, and they do so with scythes – specially trained harbingers of death. Two kids, neither of whom want to be scythes, are forced to train alongside one of the world’s most renowned scythes.
Sky Without Stars (AKA the first book in the System Divine series) by Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell. Modeled after Les Míserables, the world has become a class system, with most people living in horrible poverty. A young girl, who everyone believes is a little boy, is hired to spy on the son of a notorious resistance group leader. She never believed they would actually become friends . . .
Have you read any of these books? Which one of them sparks your fancy? Let me know in the comments below!