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1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Seriously, this book has been my “go-to” for pulling me out of a reading slump. I just love it so much! It has that perfect combination of a strong female lead, magic, romance, and adventure.
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
This is the book that instilled in me a passion for reading, so of course it’s a book that’ll pull me out of that dreaded reading slump. It’s magical, and the characters feel like family.
3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Have I mentioned I love magic? In all seriousness, sometimes it takes quality writing, a unique world, and interesting characters to pull me back into reading. Uprooted has all three.
4. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
When you fall out of reading, you need something high interest to pick you back up. I loved Shadow and Bone because of the setting, the magic, and most importantly, the story. For me, this was a page-turner.
5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Sometimes, the best books are the ones that take you by surprise. When I purchased this, I didn’t know what it was about. Honestly, I didn’t think I’d even like it. I bought it for my classroom for my lower-level readers. I have never been so pleasantly surprised by a book before or so heartbroken over a story. This is also the book that got me back into reading for pleasure after college.
6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This is a weird one to include, isn’t it? I love classic literature, but sometimes I go through stages where I don’t want to read it. I was going through a stage like that when I decided to pick up Wuthering Heights. I have no idea why I loved it so much, but I kept turning the page. It’s rare for me to finish a classic in two days, but I did with this one.
7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I like a good coming of age story, but I also like a little romance. This has both, PLUS it’s set in college. Side note, I need more that are. Leave a comment below with a recommendation. 🙂
8. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
In case you haven’t noticed, I really enjoy romance and fantasy. This has both! Plus, the romantic hero reminded me a bit of Mr. Rochester, so obviously he was pretty perfect. Anyway, I liked the female lead in this one, and I thought that the concept was so unique (a young woman is convicted for murder and is forced to serve as a poison taster for the king).
9. The Shining by Stephen King
I have to include at least one book by my favorite author. Anyway, for those of you who read King, you know his books are a little long. Usually, they take me awhile to read. The Shining was different. Yes, it’s long. But like most of King’s books, he spends so much time developing his characters and his world. It just all feels so real. But The Shining was so deliciously creepy and engaging. It’s a serious page-turner.
10. The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson
I wasn’t always a fan of epic fantasy. This might ostracize me from the book community, but I despised Lord of the Rings. Because of this, I thought I’d hate all epic fantasy. The Final Empire proved me wrong. I LOVED it. The magic system is so different and it features a kick-butt female lead.