Five books I think you should read

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Hi Sunshine! How are you? I hope everything’s going well for you!

To say it has been an easy week for me would be a lie. As happy as I am about starting this project, I’ve had many moments of doubt and insecurities. There have been moments when I question whether I’m good enough to do this. The times when the answer is “no,” I want to take the site down and hide in bed. But here I am, successfully finishing my first week of blogging!

Besides the excitement of my first week, I’m also so excited because it’s finally time to go live with my first post of AG’s Bookish Corner! I hope you’ll love this section of the blog as much as I already do, and hopefully, I won’t disappoint you.

If you want to know what you’ll find in this corner of my world, you can always go back to my first post where I break into sections what Amazing Grace is about.

With that being said, I thought it would be nice to start by introducing you to my reading world.

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So what do I like to read?

I am going to be honest with you from the beginning: I read romance—a lot. Not everything in my bookshelf is that genre, but around 75% sure is. 

Now add the words young adult before romance. I like those stories too. However, you could call them my guilty pleasures. I enjoy them way too much, even if I always know how they’ll end.

If you ask anyone in my family, they’ll tell you I’m a hopeless romantic who likes annoyingly sweet stories. They’d never read anything on my bookshelf. The truth is, I wouldn’t lend them any of my books even if they wanted to read them.

That’s one thing to know about me for sure. I don’t let anyone borrow my books. They are some of the most precious things I have because those stories have been with me through thick and thin. My books hold words that have helped me figure out who I am, and have been a breath of fresh air during the hardest times.

The remaining 25% of my books hold non-romance fiction, self-help, a bit of poetry, and a couple of autobiographies. I’m currently expanding this percentage, so if you have any recommendations, please share them with me!

I hope you’ll find something you like in this corner of my world.

Now that you know what I like to read, I want to share some of my favorite books.

My five favorite books

Before writing this post, I hadn’t taken the time to reflect on which books were part of this top five. I was aware there were books I enjoyed more than others, but I hadn’t thought why. Thinking about the books, authors, and reasons was a thing I owed to myself as part of my self-discovery process. Since I’m working on acknowledging my favorite things, this was an excellent place to start.

So here we go.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This title has been my automatic response when anyone asks which my favorite book is. It was part of the books I read in English class during middle school, and the first I remember sort of liking during those years.

I won’t pretend I didn’t have to read it multiple times to make it my number one. As a result of this, I ended up loving Elizabeth Bennet, and let’s face it, Mr. Darcy too. 

However, it’s not the characters that captivated me in this book or any other Jane Austen novel, but the author’s way to portray her society in such a vivid way. Anyone who’s ever read one of Austen’s books will know what I mean. But if you haven’t, I do recommend you give her novels a chance.

Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

I read this mone two months ago, and I couldn’t put it down. Colleen Hoover tends to make me shed a few tears with her stories. But none of the previous ones I’ve read made me cry as much as this one did. 

Last year I tried to read this young adult novel, but I couldn’t find in me the motivation to move further than the first chapter. I wasn’t ready for it. 

Without Merit tells the story of a teenage girl suffering from depression. This is the first book I read with a character suffering from a mental illness, and it opened my eyes to my struggles in a way I wasn’t ready for before. This book is the reason why I decided to start therapy, and I’m thankful for that.

Love is a Mixtape by Rob Sheffield

I’m not going to lie. I learned about this book because Harry Styles talked about it in an interview. I decided to give it a shot and trust me when I say I regret nothing.

The chapters structured around mixtapes is one of the reasons that make you love this book from the beginning. Yet what captivated me the most was how I found every word of this autobiography heartbreaking, yet surprisingly uplifting at the same time. It is a story about a love stolen way too soon, but Sheffield talks about love, loss, grief, and healing in such an elegant way it doesn’t turn depressing. 

You can find on Spotify a playlist with all the songs he mentions. If you haven’t read this book, or have heard of it and are unsure about it, maybe listening to this playlist will help you make up your mind.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

If you haven’t read this book, I genuinely recommend it. It is a masterpiece about what we decide is important in our lives, and what isn’t. 

This self-help book first caught my attention because I came across a quote from it on Twitter. I added it to the list of books I wanted to read and decided to look for it later.

At the beginning of January, I was on vacation in London and came across it while in a bookshop. Looking back on that moment, I think it was no coincidence I felt such an urge to enter the shop. After all, I found a book that helped me start 2020 with a better mindset while in the city where I’ve been my happiest self.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

I have a love/hate relationship with this book, and deciding whether or not it belonged in this ranking was hard. 

Honestly I don’t understand people’s fascination with Catherine and Heathcliff. I found them toxic to the point where I wanted to throw the book against a wall more times than I’d like to admit. 

In the end, I decided to add it because I love the author’s style. The way she goes about telling and describing everything made me feel part of the story. She managed to have me on edge throughout the book’s entire length, which made Emily my favorite Brontë sister.

There you have it!

Those are my five favorite books, and if you haven’t read them yet, I think you should give them a chance. 

Before wrapping this up, let me say writing this post was a process of self-discovery for me. To do so, I had to question myself in a way I hadn’t before, so thank you for allowing me to open up to you.

Dear Sunshine, which are your top five favorite books? I’d love to know! You can always recommend more books to continue expanding my bookshelf.

I wish you a happy weekend!

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