Updated: Jul 1
Do you ever notice that you never have time to read, but then when you find an amazing book that you can't put down, suddenly, and you're not sure how, you have managed to find enough extra minutes/hours in your day (including work, take care of your children/house/husband/wife etc.,) to finish a 3 book series, in a week, where each book is over 500 pages? Yeah, me too.
This is how I feel about the books mentioned below. Note: this is not even CLOSE to all of my favorites, just a sampling. For more, check out the "What Are You Reading" tab on my blog for a review of what is currently waiting to be read on a neat stack on my nightstand (or is being carried around with me so I can read snippets here and there during any free moment I get).
Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern (MY FAVORITE!!!!!)
“The Circus arrives without warning.” Every time I read this sentence it brings goosebumps to my skin. Morgenstern’s writing makes me want to grab a cup of tea, nestle up by a fire with a blanket, and settle into the magic of her words. I want to be friends with Widget and Poppy. I want to read about"...refreshments and oddities, creations flavored with vanilla and honey, chocolate and cinnamon" and figure out how these common spices might as well be exotic flavors that create a sensory world of their own. I want to be transported to dreams stored in bottles, and work my way through a cloud maze of ladders, and see a tree made up of wishes. I want to lay in the velvety cushions in Chandresh’s home and attend his dinner parties in a dress that changes with my mood! When I need to escape, this is where I go.
The Starless Sea - Erin Morgenstern
What can I say? I love Erin Morgenstern. This book brings you into a world of magical painted doors, underground ports made of honey, labyrinths made up of walls of books, and hidden kitchens that send up any type of food you could imagine. A book that is based on forbidden love, hidden keys, and clues. Just as rich in details and imagery as Night Circus (but Night Circus is still my favorite).
The Caraval Series - Stephanie Garber
“Remember, it’s only a game…” or is it? Garber uses imagery like Morgenstern but instead of a circus, you are transported to Caraval. A world of magic, of food, of islands that do not show up on maps, and cities that hold many secrets. A place where true love is alive and hearts find their mates, no matter how off the match may seem. Magic cards, "Gods" brought back to life, twists, turns, dark alleys that lead to hidden worlds filled with color and mystery, and a battle to the end. Blend Princess Bride with Once Upon a Time mixed with beautifully unique details that Garber provides and you have Caraval. P.S.- I live for the day when I can sit on a cushion that is as velvety as butter or eat an apple as white as snow.
Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer
Edward and Bella. Vampires. Shapeshifting werewolves. Imprinting. Love for all of eternity. Do I need to say more? (And anyone else SOO EXCITED about Midnight Sun?!)
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness
For anyone who has read Twilight and loved it, or for those who just love a good forbidden romance (Romeo and Juliet, Vampire and human, Vampire and Witch), mixed with lots of history and a full tour of Oxford, this is the book for you! I’m only 1/2 way through Book 1 (I’m googling a lot but I now know about Oxford colleges, various antique rugs and furniture, a spattering about alchemy, and a smidge of French!) and I am hooked!! Can’t wait to finish this one and read the rest! I’ll keep y’all posted!!!
*Note- this is def. for mature audiences. I would stick with Twilight for my girls/teens.
The Shatter Me Series - Tahara Mafi
Although I am not usually a fan of dystopian novels, this series sucked me in. I went through a lot of emotions, and even after reading the sixth book, I’m still hoping that there will be a seventh! Filled with characters who have extraordinary powers, they are on a mission to take control of their lives by finding out who they really are and not who they have been brought up to be. Action, romance, unlikely heroes, it has it all.
Divergent Series- Veronica Roth
I loved the first one. Four. Tris. sigh. The second and third were a bit too dystopian for me (okay, I’ll be real, the romantic storyline dwindled over the action...you lost me :) ) and don’t get me STARTED on the ending of the series. Just don't.
Knitting themed books (I went through a knitting phase although I don’t knit, I crochet):
The Friday Night Knitting Club Series by Kate Jacobs (you might as well go out and buy the needles and yarn right now because you are going to want to learn by Chapter 5 of the first book).
The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club Series - by Gil McNeil (Author)
Casting Off - Nicole R. Dickerson
I have never wanted a wool sweater knitted by a fisherman from Ireland so much in my entire life then I did after reading this book.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer
Forget the movie. I know, I know, I love Lily James and half the cast of Downton Abbey that was also in the film NOT that I am complaining) but the book is SOOOO much better. Like, so much. Just trust me, read the book. Go. Order it. Borrow it. Go.