Today marks my first official participation in Top 5 Wednesday and I must say this is super exciting. For those of you that are not aware, Top 5 Wednesday is a group where book lovers unite to discuss a specific topic each Wednesday. Some people choose to blog; others choose to make videos etc.. The group was originally started by Lainey from Gingerraedslainey and is now being hosted by Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes. If you would like to learn more about Top 5 Wednesday you can check out the official group on Goodreads.
This week’s topic is about books I want to re-read. When I was younger I would read the same stories over and over again. It didn’t matter if it were a mystery or fantasy novel. The characters were as familiar to me as my real friends and when I read it felt as if I were going home.
The first book I chose is Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. It’s the first book in a trilogy based on works by Edgar Allen Poe. It centers around Isobel Lanley a highschool cheerleader and a loner named Varen Nethers. It is a beautiful story of romance and mystery and had a nice dark element to it. I love Edgar Allen Poe so this book and this series will always have a special place in my heart.
Rift is a prequel book to the Nightshade series that was written by Andrea Cremer. It follows the story of Ember a spunky girl with a mind of her own who is involved with the creation of the wolves in the Nightshade books. I loved the fact this book was written in the medieval times and it had romance and magic, the perfect combination.
As I have taken a look back at the books I have read in my short years on this earth I have realized that I tend to learn towards darker books that have a more serious undertone. Because of this it’s always a pleasant surprise to stumble upon a story filled with humor and light fun. That is why Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock was such a fun read.The protagonist D.J. had so much personality and life to her and got herself in such ridiculous situations that I instantly fell in love and had to read the other books in the series. I haven’t read the books in probably around six years but it’s definitely a story I want to revisit and its one that will never grow old.
I am sure you noticed the book cover for The Duff and I know it was recently adapted into a movie but believe me when I say the movie was not much like the book and in my very humble opinion the book was so much better. The book written by Kody Keplinger, centers around Bianca Piper the Designated Ugly Fat Friend who is going through a rocky home life and starts a love/hate type relationship with her nemesis Wesley. Through out the book, Bianca learns to love herself and to let herself be open and intimate with some one even though they have the power to hurt her. This book might not be for everyone and I would have to re-read it to give it an actual review but for me I want to read this book again because it has meaning and helped me come to the realization that it’s okay to be The Duff.
The Earth my Butt & other Big Round Things was written by Carolyn Mackler, and is another story about loving yourself. The main character, or protagonist if you will, is Virginia Shreves a girl who some would consider to be the duff. She feels alone and isolated and has to discover who she is and how to love herself all while her family and personal life is falling apart. It might sound similar to The Duff but I assure you it’s not. And I know some day I will probably revisit and experience the story all over again.
Books have never just been books to me. They have been my allies, my friends, and my teachers. The showed me glimpses into others’ lives, their memories and their minds. They have let me travel to different worlds and taste different experiences. They allowed me to feel with no judgment and they were there through most of the hardships of my life, and because of this I will revist as often as I can.
So what about you? What are your top 5 books you want to read again. Let me know in the comments below.
I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful rest of your week. I hope you enjoy your time with your friends and family. I am so thankful for you guys and the time you took to read this today.