After I shared my classic reading list, it was recommended to me to write about more modern novels I love. So that’s what I’m doing today!
Some of these are series’ because I simply just couldn’t pick one book from a franchise.
After series – Anna Todd
I’ve already written about my love for this series in a previous post dedicated to the books and the upcoming film so I won’t say too much here. You can check out my ‘After’ blog post here if you’d like more information on it, and also links to buy the books so you can discover them for yourself.
But, I will say that this series is a gripping one. The very first time I read them when they were first published on Wattpad, I read them back-to-back in one go. I just couldn’t put them down; I’ve read them so many times since.
The story is about Tessa Young and her unlikely relationship with Hardin Scott. The two face A LOT of challenges in their coupling. It’s just a wild story about the two of them, which I think touches on some pretty real relationship situations. Definitely go check out the series. They’re still on Wattpad – links to Anna’s accounts are on my other post.
Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
I love this book. There are two books in the series – Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares. I first read this novel about 5 years ago. I’ve read it a couple of times since then and even convinced my friend to read it too.
Cas is the main character, and he kills ghosts. Yet, he just can’t seem to kill Anna. This story follows Cas’ journey to kill Anna but finding more than he bargained for. Anna kills anyone who steps foot in her house, except Cas.
It’s a great story that I couldn’t put down, I was so interested in it and was desperate to find out what happens. I’m also friends with the author, Kendare Blake, on Facebook too, which is also pretty cool.
Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
Oh, my God. This book is beautiful. I adore it. I’ve not finished reading it yet, but it’s one of the best novels I’ve ever read. I mean, I loved the film so I was pretty certain I’d also love the book. I wasn’t wrong.
I wrote a Movie Monday! post about the film so you can check that out here if you’d like.
The book has more depth and detail to it, obviously, which is so magical and romantic. Although the film does a pretty good job of letting you know how the characters are feeling and what they’re thinking, the book allows you to empathise with them – especially Elio. I think reading the book before watching the film is probably best – although, they’re really similar. But I always think reading the book first is the best option. Obviously, it’s not an obligation.
Harry Potter series – J.K Rowling
Obviously, I had to include the biggest selling book franchise in the world. I mean, it got that title for a reason. I love Harry Potter, books and films. I read most of the books when I was younger but realised I hadn’t read all of them, so I’m slowly making my way through them again. I only own four at the minute but will add to my collection when needed.
I think Harry Potter was the franchise of my childhood. This and Lord of the Rings, but I’m not really into that franchise. I grew up watching Harry Potter so I think it’s only natural for me to have such a fondness for the story and the characters. I’ve watched all the films countless times, like most people I think.
Even though I’m not the biggest fan of J.K Rowling as a person (other than her charity work which I find amazing), her story is completely inspiring. She started from nothing, no money, writing in a cafe with her baby daughter. True ‘rags to riches’ story. That’s inspiring to me.
Harry Potter was rejected by 12 publishing houses until the 8-year-old daughter of the editor of Bloomsbury publishing house read the first chapter then demanded to read the next.
Here are some links you can buy the books and films:
Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
Recently made into a film, this tragic romance novel is so emotional I just couldn’t put it down. I read it after the film came out, but before I watched the film. I had never heard of it before the film was released. The film starred Emilia Clarke (Daenerys in Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (Love, Rosie and The Hunger Games) as Lou Clark and Will Traynor.
Lou has been hired to care for Will after he was hit by a motorcycle and paralysed. The two soon find feelings for each other, but it’s just not meant to be. Will has some plans and Lou can do nothing about them – but that doesn’t stop her from trying.
I cried so much at the film and the book. It’s definitely one of those books you can relax and read in one sitting if you’re dedicated enough.
There is a sequel to this book, but I haven’t read it. I’m not too sure how you can go on from this story, and I’m worried it’ll ruin the first book for me so I’m staying away for now. Chances are I’ll end up reading it, so if I do then I’ll let you know what I think!
A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet – Becky Chambers
This book is about a girl called Rosemary Harper, who becomes a crew member of a spaceship called the Wayfarer. The ship is run by workers of all species. Rosemary’s life changed forever as soon as she steps foot on the Wayfarer. She truly learns the meaning of family.
It’s a wholesome, heart-warming novel. I really need to read more books in the sci-fi genre if they’re like this. I’m not explaining this book very well or doing it any justice so it’s just one you’ll have to read for yourself and make your own mind up. It’s one of my favourite books to date, and I’ll forever recommend it to people who want to just sit down, relax and get lost in a whole other world.
If you have any suggestions for me then please let me know! I’m always looking for new books to read.
Thanks for reading!