book recommendations

Happy books:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda
  • Sushi for beginners by Marian Keyes

Science Fiction

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Shada by Gareth Roberts and Douglas Adams
  • Star Wars: A New Hope by Alexandra Bracken
  • These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • The Clockwise Man by Justin Richards
  • Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Dystopia

  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

YA contemporaries

NA contemporaries

  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover
  • It ends with us by Colleen Hoover
  • Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter

Personal Favourites

  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • Editing Emma by Chloe Seager
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Vicious by VE Schwab
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

High Fantasy

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Elven by Bernhard Hennen
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Childrenof Húrin by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • The Dwarves by Markus Heitz
  • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Sturmwelten by Christoph Hardebusch
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  • A natural history of dragons by Marie Brennan

POC main characters

  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
  • I believe in a thing called Love by Maurene Goo
  • To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
  • Horus by Wolfgang Hohlbein
  • The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
  • Die Sturmkönige by Kai Meyer
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh
  • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Sturmwelten by Christoph Hardebusch
  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Dragon Keeper by Carole Wilkinson
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
  • Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

LGBT+ main characters

  • Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levitha
  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • Everything leads to you by Nina LaCour
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
  • Half Bad by Sally Green
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
  • More happy than Not by Adam Silvera

Based on Mythology

  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (Greek)
  • First Frost by Jennifer Estep (a lot of European)
  • The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris (Norse)
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (Greek)
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (Egyptian)
  • Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (Norse)
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Greek)

Historical fiction

  • Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
  • Imperium by Robert Harris
  • Pompeii by Robert Harris
  • The Son of the Light by Christian Jacq
  • The Stone of the Light by Christian Jacq
  • Dodger by Terry Pratchett
  • Under the Eagle by Simon Scarrow
  • Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian