I don’t know about you, but I love reading. It is almost a little dangerous for me to start a new series because I will stop everything and read. Straight up, I will be out to dinner with my husband who is trying to engage me with a conversation because that is what you do when you go out. NOPE, I will be thinking about what I just read before being forced to leave my book. It’s why now before I start any series, I have to warn my husband! That being said, I don’t read as often as I wanted to despite my growing To Read List.
One upside to the chaotic mess we call a world right now is I’m finding myself with time to read again! If you’re looking for a few books to read here are 3 books that have a permanent place on my bookshelf. Check them out and don’t forget to tell me what you think I should read because I am ALWAYS looking to add to my collection.
Normal People by Sally Rooney
I was just minding my own business when not one, not two but THREE different people all texted me in ONE day about this book. Obviously, I had to check it out and I am so glad that I did. This book has secured a place in my will forever re-read list. Set in Ireland it is about two people and their relationship through the years. It is painful, it is beautiful and it is so realistic that I couldn’t put the book down until I finished it. Sally Rooney has such a unique writing style and it works for this story.
Bonus is this is now a show on the BBC and I am only a few episodes in but IT IS SO GOOD. It’s rare that a show reflect the heart of the book but this one does. Plus the two main actors are exactly how I imagined them. The show has brought the book to life and I am so happy.
A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy by Sarah J Maas
This series is sexy, romantic, and set in a magical setting that includes Fae, shapeshifters, and power. Based on the story of Beauty and the Beast, this series takes place in a world where humans were once enslaved by faeries but who are now free and separated by a wall. The main character is Feyre who keeps her once-great, now-impoverished family fed—but just barely—by hunting. Needless to say, one day she kills a large wolf that is actually a Fae. This brings a beast to her door who demands to know who killed the wolf and for retribution. Which is how the beast takes Feyre across the wall. It is there Feyre learns truths and lies about faeries, who have been afflicted by a mysterious, magical blight.
I don’t want to give too much away but MAN this series is so good with the middle book probably being of my favorites in a series ever. The characters are complex and there is some serious tingle-inspiring words that have you blushing as you read. This book has darkness and light as you follow along. If you are a fan of Fantasy then not only is this series for you but Sarah J Maas as an author should be on your radar.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Fellow Fat Girls Guide writer, Chantel has this to say about one of my favorites:
“Whenever my life seems chaotic and I need to find direction I always re-read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. When covid-19 broke out all of my contracts fell through, my clients fell through and all immediate plans I had for my life fell through. My mind was a whirlwind and I had a difficult time overcoming my growing sadness.
This book set my mind straight again. It reminded me of my purpose and that despite what was happening in the world my mission never changed. I had set out to be a beacon of light for others that felt restricted by their own darkness. My efforts were to help people believe in themselves so they too could find their own mission. This book reminded me of the path I had worked so hard to get onto and how desperately people needed me now more than ever. If you need some direction or need some inspiration to believe in yourself then I highly recommend you give it a read too.”