My junior year I read a total of 22 books… not a lot I know, but I have a list of excuses I’m prepared to give. Last school year I read 23, so the fact that I lost my goal by two books makes me really sad. However, I REALLY liked all the books I read this year so that makes up for it, and a few of them were pretty long.
Some of the books are not in the picture because I read them on the kindle app on my phone, which I kind of regret not buying in person. I love having real copies of books and I want my collection to grow so I can have book shelves filled with books. Honestly I really want a huge library where the shelves have ladders attached to them like the library in the Series of Unfortunate Events movie. That’s my house goals.
Back to the real topic here, besides one of the books I had to read for my AP Language class, there aren’t any books that I could say hated. They were all pretty different and had different writing styles and I think it was a good mix.
I’ll start off with my favorites of all the books I’ve read. I limited myself to only five, although I probably could have put like 15 in this category.
My #1 favorite, obviously: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Year 6) by J.K. Rowling
As a very serious and dedicated Harry Potter fan, I felt like it wouldn’t be right to not put this as a favorite. I’m pretty sure everyone knows what Harry Potter is about, but this is the one with the potion book and Dumbledore and the creepy island and the horcruxes. My copy is pretty much destroyed (not my doing) and I think that’s a good enough excuse to buy a whole new set, right? This book is by far the funniest of the series, but I think it’s also the darkest, next to year 7. I would say it’s my second favorite in the series behind the fourth book because let’s be real here- everyone loves the fourth book. It’s so clear in this book how much Harry, Ron, and Hermione have grown and their character progression is done so well. The writing is beautiful. The plot line is outstanding. I would bow down to J.K. Rowling if I ever got the chance to meet her.
#2, also obvious: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I don’t think I have ever, anywhere heard that someone has not liked this book. Sarah J. Mass tells the ultimate story of an assassin who fights her opponents literally to the death in a competition to become the King’s champion, but there are also some secrets in the castle that she uncovers during her stay and a love triangle that beats Twilight’s by a long shot- and I’m a Twilight fan. Personally, I would choose Chaol; everything about him just seems perfect, but in the imperfect kind of way if that makes sense.
Before reading this book, I never thought about being an assassin because killing people is a no no, but it sounds so cool and exciting. The story line is so unique and enticing and I NEED to get the third book. (BTW the second book is just as good.)
#3: FOUR by Veronica Roth
Four may only be a collection of short stories from the love interest’s point of view from Divergent, but oh my lord it is so good. Four was my favorite character in the Divergent series so getting to see his point of view in some of the most memorable situations was really interesting. It wasn’t like re-reading Divergent as most switched POV books are; it was an entirely different perspective. I loved it. It was also a way to cushion the blow after the Allegiant ending because I was still dead on the inside after a year of mourning. Anyone who liked the Divergent series would enjoy this book- I know I did.
#4: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I was never really one for mystery novels, but I received this book as a Secret Santa present from my best friend who always tried to get me to read this and wow. I don’t think any mystery book would be as good as this one. It’s about a girl who was discovered by the FBI for her talent in person profiling. She is then sent to a program where there are kids with similar talents in crime scene investigation. She sees this program as a way to uncover her mother’s killer as it has been a cold case for years and that’s exactly what she was hired to do- solve cold cases. This book hold the biggest plot twist of all time. Not many books actually put me in shock, but this one kept me up until four in the morning because I had to finish half of the book in one night. I 100% recommend this book.
#5: The Selection by Kiera Cass
When I first saw this book on book tube what honestly caught my attention was how pretty the cover was. That blue is my favorite color and it matches my room so well. Anyways, to put it shortly, it’s kind of about a drawing/beauty pageant where a bunch of girls all fight for the prince. It sounds girly and weird and something I would have never liked, but let me tell you, it is really girly and weird. But, it’s also so addicting and well executed. I feel like if it were written differently, would be like Matched by Allie Condie and I hated that book. But it wasn’t written like Match, it was written beautifully. The prince isn’t egotistical like he usually is in other stories, and it’s just great twist on the typical prince and princess story.
I’m not going to go in depth on the rest of them, but there are a lot of these books that I did really like also. They’re listed in order of when I read them, not how much I liked them. Trust me, you’ll know when I liked them.