Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE to read. I almost always have my nose in some book or another. Since I’ve been home, I have already read nine books. That’s just the beginning! I plan to go through a lot more this summer. So as that is the case, I’m going to dedicate today’s blog post to give a little insight as to what’s in my library and some of my favorite books for you to maybe make your own list or draw some from mine.
What’s on my shelves?
I have two separate bookshelves in my room. That’s a lot of books. I am not going to list each and every single title for you because we’d be here all day if I did. Instead, I am going to list genres with a few examples for each.
- Series- I love book series! One thing better than one good book is a whole collection of good books that fit together. Some of the series I have on my shelves include Harry Potter, Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus/ Magnus Chase/ Trials of Apollo (I don’t have the Kane Chronicles)), Artemis Fowl, Kingdom Keepers, and Hunger Games.
- Classics- Classic novels are named because that’s what they are! I’ll admit, my Classics library is not as extensive as some of my other categories. But I am all for expanding my collection. For me, these include To Kill a Mockingbird (and Go Set a Watchman), Fahrenheit 451, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Les Misérables, and the Red Badge of Courage.
- Historical- As a history major, it only makes sense that I love historical books. In this case, I’m not referring to historical fiction (I’ll get to that in a moment), but actual historical accounts of things that happened in history. My favorite thing to study in history is Civil War, and this genre reflects that. That’s a lot of what these are, including Strange Battles of the Civil War, Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant, All Standing, The Nine of Us: Growing up Kennedy, and A Lynching in the Heartland.
- Historical fiction- This is a big one. I have a lot of historical fiction, and it’s by far one of my favorite genres. I actually recently read a book someone had lent to me about France in World War II and it was so good. This genre includes Johnny Tremain, The Silver Sword, Abraham’s Battle, Stealing Fire, and Asenath: Vision of Egypt (written by one of my best friends!).
- Thriller- Comparatively, my thriller category is a little weak, but the books that fall in this category are excellent! I enjoy trying to find out who killers are, but please don’t misunderstand. When it crosses the line and becomes horror, then I don’t care for it. I don’t have any Stephen King books in my library for a reason. But the ones I do have include Sinner, The Visitation, Boneman’s Daughters, The Angel Maker, and The Red House Mystery.
- Romance- I’m not ashamed that I have romance books. I’m a romantic person myself, so it makes sense for me. I’m the kind of person that I’m not just one thing. I’m interested in a lot of things, and my taste in books reflect that. Some of the romance books I own include Ransom my Heart, The Accidental Countess, Beast, Twice in a Lifetime, and Restless Hearts.
- YA Fiction- Well, considering I am a young adult, it makes sense that I have books from this genre. I know a lot of these type of books get a bad rap, but some of them are really good. Some of the better ones include Holes, The Fault in Our Stars, The Truth about Forever, Love, Meg, and Head Games.
- Christian Fiction- I don’t talk about my religion a lot on here, but I am a Christian. As such, it only makes sense for me to have books dealing with that as well. These include The Chronicles of Narnia, Between Sundays, Courageous, Left Behind, and The Bell Messenger.
- Miscellaneous- I have books that don’t really fit into any of these categories or that fit multiple of these categories. So I’m just going to group them together here. Some of these are Room for Improvement, Bulletproof Mascara, Peter and the Starcatchers, The Ruby Key, and The Light-Bearer’s Daughter.
So if those 45 books I listed don’t give you an idea of what I’m usually reading, here are in no particular order some of my favorite books that I highly recommend from each previously listed category!!
- Sinner by Sharon Carter Rogers- Thriller
- Stealing Fire by Jo Graham- Historical Fiction
- Between Sundays by Karen Kingsbury- Christian Fiction
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee- Classic
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury- Classic
- The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle- Classic
- Ransom My Heart by Meg Cabot- Romance
- Restless Hearts by Marta Perry- Romance
- Bulletproof Mascara by Bethany Maines- Miscellaneous
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians/ Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan- Series
- The Nine of Us: Growing Up Kennedy by Jean Kennedy Smith- Historical
- All Standing by Kathryn Miles- Historical
- The Silver Sword by Angela Elwell Hunt- Historical Fiction
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle- Classic
- Holes by Louis Sachar- YA Fiction
I would love to hear what you read and enjoy! Let me know if you read any of these recommendations!
Let me know if you have any thoughts or comments!