26 Favorite Books of All Time
Since today is the last day of my being 26, I thought of writing about the 26 books that matter to me. (Pretty sure there’s more than this but I’m forgetful af lol). Here are those books that made me cry, laugh, swoon, broke my heart, and made it magical, too!
1. The Harry Potter Series (JK Rowling)
Anyone who knows me would know that I’m pretty much just obsessed with Harry Potter, among anything else. I fell in love with the series when I was around 9 or 10, and it has been a part of my life ever since then. I still re-read the series, obsess over new information, and break my heart all over again with quizzes and articles and everything else.
2. Looking for Alaska (John Green)
Alaska Young is like, possibly my favorite character of all time. She’s crazy, she’s sullen, she’s stubborn, but she has such a fragile heart. Also, this book is something that broke my heart and it still does, each and every time I re-read. I did enjoy TFIOS, but I believe Alaska is still the best John Green book. It’s just so, so beautiful.
3. If You Could See Me Now (Cecelia Ahern)
Imaginary friends, love, pain, heartbreak…everything is in this book. Words are not enough to explain how beautiful this is.
4. There’s No Place like Here (Cecelia Ahern)
Here’s the thing: I’m such a crybaby when it comes to movies, but books rarely make me cry–though they do break my heart. However, this one really put me to tears. I can still remember curling up in bed after reading this because then, I was at a point in my life when I basically just didn’t know what I was going to do next. I was so lost, but this book somehow helped me stay on track.
5. Veronika Decides to Die (Paulo Coelho)
Oh god. This is one of those books that’s somehow embedded in my system already. So sad I lost my copy of it, though (lent it and it never came back 😥 )
6. Dear John (Nicholas Sparks)
Forget about the movie; this is the real deal. You want a good love story? Check this out. But don’t expect for a happy ending–and you know what? That’s pretty much what I liked about this. How heart-wrenching it is; how it would make you “think” and reflect.
7. Where’d You Go, Bernadette? (Maria Semple)
This is one of those books that I read in just one sitting. It’s so good, you won’t be able to put it down.
8. The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides)
I loved the movie so it’s no surprise that I also enjoyed the book a lot. Okay, “enjoyed” probably isn’t the right word because this is depressing af, but it’s really good. (By now, you probably know that I like the heartbreaking stuff heehee)
9. My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult)
Again: Forget about the movie. This book is just so beautiful, and well, heartbreaking. It’s one of those books that would really pull you in.
10. Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
Oh. my. god. When I first read this book, I was really floored. And, well, also amazed. I like Amy. I like how this book progressed, I like how twisted it is. I also think the movie gave a lot of justice to it. Yay!
11. The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (J. Randy Taraborrelli)
Marilyn Monroe is another obsession of mine and this is my favorite Monroe biography. I liked how the author delved into different aspects of her personality, and different times in her life.
12. Love, Rosie (Cecelia Ahern)
I have to admit–I hate it when people say they love this book solely because of the movie because uhm, the movie pretty much just didn’t give justice to it (No offense, I like Sam Claflin), and I read this all those years ago and it has always occupied a space in my heart. I like the style that was used here + the fact that it spanned years and years in the characters’ lives helped, too.
13. Twenties Girl (Sophie Kinsella)
My favorite Kinsella books are not her Shopaholic ones, but those that really touched my heart–and Twenties Girl is one of those. This one talks about how we often obsess on the things that shouldn’t matter in our lives anymore–and how we forget to think about “us”–without other people in it.
14. Remember Me (Sophie Kinsella)
Here’s another Kinsella book that I enjoyed a lot. It’s about losing yourself–and finding a new version of you, and what it means in your life. Also, Harry Potter was namedropped here lol but seriously, it’s a lovely read.\
15. Eleanor and Park (Rainbow Rowell)
I wolfed Eleanor and Park down in one sitting because it’s just soooo good. Didn’t actually think I’d enjoy it that much, but it pretty much made me a Rainbow Rowell fan and promised to read everything she’ll write afterwards.
16. Goosebumps Series (R.L. Stine)
This was just a big part of my life growing up, and I still buy the books whenever I see them. 😀
17. Invisibility (David Levithan and Andrea Cremer)
This is a beautiful love story–and I would not say anything else.
18. Macarthur – Bob Ong
Bob Ong was known for his humor, and this book, while still humorous, definitely had a lot of heart. It’s actually something that made my heart ache so much. 😥
19. Paper Towns (John Green)
This is something that always makes me feel like I should go on a roadtrip and just find myself (whatever that means lol). I want to look for a paper town. I want to feel things. This is just so, so, so beautiful.
20. The Blessed Series (Tonya Hurley)
I don’t read a lot of series (at least, not as much as other people do) but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Saints in the Modern World? Why not?
21. The Luxe Series (Ana Godbersen)
Again, here’s another series that I really enjoyed. It’s like, Gossip Girl in the 18th/19th century. So scandalous and so good!
22. We Were Liars (e. Lockhart)
This fucked me up so bad–and that’s why I love it.
23. Like the Flowing River (Paulo Coelho)
I enjoyed this one because it’s full of anecdotes and essays about life, love, and things in between. Plus, the articles are short but really helpful, which makes it such an easy read. My fave ones would be the one about the Moon and the Rose, and also that Sand Dune. Ah, so heartbreaking. </3
24. Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)
This is one of those books that I just read this year but has occupied a good place in my heart already. Probably because there’s something in here that I could relate to (won’t tell you what, though lol). It’s so beautiful. Sad, but beautiful.
25. All The Bright Places (Jennifer Niven)
You know, what’s great about this book is that it tackled a really sore subject: suicide. And somehow, you begin to understand what goes on in the mind of someone who suffers from depression. Just read it if you haven’t already. It’s been hyped up now, but it’s really good. it could live up to that hype.
26. Sisterhood Everlasting (Ann Brashares)
And finally, there’s Sisterhood Everlasting. This is the final installment of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, where the girls are all grown up already. It’s heartbreaking, but really lovely.
So, there you have it. Obviously, I’m a sucker for heartbreaking stuff lol. What about you? What are those books that mean a lot to you?
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