I personally love reading books and when I pick them up I can’t usually seem to put them down until I’m done. However my problem lately has been that I can’t seem to pick up a book without getting distracted by my phone or choosing watching Gilmore Girls. I currently have picked up a few new books to read but here are a few more that really interested me and a few that I read and loved!
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ozawa (rated 3.94/5 based on goodreads reviews)
“He is a brilliant math Professor with a peculiar problem—ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only eighty minutes of short-term memory.
She is an astute young Housekeeper—with a ten-year-old son—who is hired to care for the Professor.
And every morning, as the Professor and the Housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them. Though he cannot hold memories for long (his brain is like a tape that begins to erase itself every eighty minutes), the Professor’s mind is still alive with elegant equations from the past. And the numbers, in all of their articulate order, reveal a sheltering and poetic world to both the Housekeeper and her young son. The Professor is capable of discovering connections between the simplest of quantities—like the Housekeeper’s shoe size—and the universe at large, drawing their lives ever closer and more profoundly together, even as his memory slips away.
Yoko Ozawa’s The Housekeeper and the Professor is an enchanting story about what it means to live in the present, and about the curious equations that can create a family” x
My Thoughts: WORDS CANNOT EXPLAIN THE LOVE I HAVE FOR THIS BOOK. When it was first suggested to me I scoffed at it because why would I care about a book with a mathematician with Alzheimer’s and his housekeeper who just happens to be a single-mom. It seemed like the most uninteresting book to me but finally after much urging from the man who lent it to me, I read it. Once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. This book was absolutely beautiful! This book shows more than a relationship between two strangers. It shows compassion, love, and empathy. This book was truly beautiful to read and I always recommend it when given the chance. This book isn’t anything like the books I tend to read but it’s so beautifully written and it really makes you think about how small things we do affect those around us. This is a must read for any book lover out there.
If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (Rated 4.03/5 based on goodreads reviews)
“Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.
And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew”. x
Why I want to read it: I think this book is such a cool concept and the whole Trans topic is widely controversial and a lot more books and movies are breaking into the spotlight and highlighting real life situations that these boys and girls face on the daily basis. I love how different this book is from any other book I read and I love the perspective and story plot and I can’t wait to read it soon!
One Wast Lost by Natalie D. Richards (3.74/5 stars based on goodreads reviews)
“Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Are they labels or a warning? The answer could cost Sera everything.
Murder, justice, and revenge were so not a part of the plan when Sera set out on her senior camping trip. After all, hiking through the woods is supposed to be safe and uneventful.
Then one morning the group wakes up groggy, confused, and with words scrawled on their wrists: Damaged. Deceptive. Dangerous. Darling. Their supplies? Destroyed. Half their group? Gone. Their chaperone? Unconscious. Worst of all, they find four dolls acting out a murder—dolls dressed just like them.
Suddenly it’s clear; they’re being hunted. And with the only positive word on her wrist, Sera falls under suspicion…” x
Why I want to read it: I’m a sucker for thriller books and depressing type books with lots of murder and mystery and suspense! I think this would be so cool to read on a cold and rainy night and I have no doubt it would be a fun and easy read. I also love books that don’t end with happy endings so I’m hoping this one lives up to my expectations.
Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius (rated 3.05/5 based on goodreads reviews)
“In this wonderfully creative retelling of the infamous—and torrid—love affair between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, history collides with the present when a sizzling romance ignites in a modern-day high school.
Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved.
Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.
Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, but his desire for Anne consumes him.
Henry is willing to do anything to be with her, but once they’re together, will their romance destroy them both?
Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry beautifully reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time”. x
My Thoughts: I read this quickly in one sitting and I loved the modern take on one of the most infamous couples known to mankind. I even teared up a little at the end. This book was a fun and easy read however I though at some points it was kind of lacking depth and some of the characters were so predictable that it was just disappointing. I wouldn’t highly recommend it over some other books but I do think it is interesting and I would suggest reading it, if given the chance.
France and Tru by Karen Hattrup (rated 3.73/5 based on goof reads reviews)
“When Frannie Little eavesdrops on her parents fighting she discovers that her cousin Truman is gay, and his parents are so upset they are sending him to live with her family for the summer. At least, that’s what she thinks the story is. . . When he arrives, shy Frannie befriends this older boy, who is everything that she’s not–rich, confident, cynical, sophisticated. Together, they embark on a magical summer marked by slowly unraveling secrets”. x
Why I want to read this: When I read the blurb on the actual book it was actually much less revealing than the one posted above however I still think it would be an interesting coming of age novel. I think the concept is pretty fun and I think this would make an awesome read given I had time.
Lucy in the Sky by Anonymous (rated 4.06/5 based on goodreads reviews)
“A riveting first-person tale of addiction, in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Jay’s Journal.
The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived in an upper middle class neighborhood in Santa Monica with her mom, dad, and Berkeley-bound older brother. She was a good girl, living a good life…but one party changed everything. One party, where she took one taste—and liked it. Really liked it.
Social drinking and drugging lead to more, faster, harder… She convinced herself that she was no different from anyone else who liked to party. But the evidence indicates otherwise: Soon she was she hanging out with an edgy crowd, blowing off school and everything she used to care about, all to find her next high.
But what goes up must come down, and everything—from her first swig, to her last breath—is chronicled in the diary she left behind”. x
My Thoughts: I actually love this book so much and the ending was perfect! I love plot twists and this book delivers them. I lent out my copy and never got it back so I’ll be repurchasing soon. I thought this was an easy read and I read it to and from the city while on a subway ride. I think it’s an interesting book and the point of view in the book is super cool, I love diary perspectives.
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (rated 4.05/5 based on goodreads reviews)
“Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life – and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they’re the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can’t collide without the whole wide world exploding.
This remarkable debut is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Francesca Lia Block. Just as much a celebration of love as it is a portrait of loss, Lennie’s struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable”. x
My Thoughts: I’ve probably read this book around 10 times and each time I read it I fall a little more in love with the main character and her cute french boy! I love how the main character Lennie is portrayed. I love how she doesn’t need a boy in her life to be interesting and I just love the concept of this book. I would highly, highly recommend picking up this book at your local bookstore!
To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved by Jenny Han (rated 4.11/5 based on goodreads reviews)
“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all”. x
My Thoughts: I actually ended up reading the sequel before this book and the sequel is just as good IF NOT BETTER! I swear to god anything that Jenny Han writes is pure gold. I’m anxiously awaiting the third book in this series and I love all her concepts, this one was especially cool. I’ve reread this one and the sequel numerous times (a few of those times being in the same week). I also highly recommend checking out her “The Summer I Turned Pretty” trilogy (I think also referred to as the cousins trilogy or something similar) which can be found here and it’s already bound all together so you wouldn’t need to buy all three copies – it is not found on their website but I would check the store! Anything by Jenny Han is pure magic and I love her writing style – she is by far one of my favorite authors! Highly recommend picking up a book by her!
Other books worth mentioning that I have read and enjoyed: Nice is Just a Place in France by The Betches, Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas, American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis, Last Night by James Salter, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and Some Boys by Patty Blount.
If you have any book suggestions feel free to leave the title and author below in the comments! I love finding new books to read!