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Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I know, I know. I've mentioned this book a few times already. (Like here. And here) The reason I'm putting this on my list is that it is the first book I remember loving. I was eleven, and this book just spoke to me. I've read it many many times since.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I read this as an adult, and I kind of regret that I didn't get to experience this amazing book as a teen. I loved this book (documented here) even though I found it incredibly sad. Something about Charlie just got to me though, and still does.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
It's only in the last few years that I've actually started to read graphic novels, courtesy of some great recommendations from my friends here at the library. When Nimona came out, I read it in about two hours and immediately sent my friend a message telling her to read it now. Nimona is such a remarkable character. She's not necessarily a good guy, but not really a bad guy either, and she is representative of many very human problems. The book is very relatable for a book about dragons, shape-shifting, and knights.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I've also mentioned this book before (see here) because it also really hit me in the feelings place. I honestly had very little expectations going into this book, but it really hooked me early on. I've since reread it, and Harold still makes me happy, sad, and really want to give him a hug.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This was one of those books that I'd been told over and over again to read by trusted individuals. Sometimes it takes me a while to listen! When I finally did read this book, I seriously loved it. I'm not even a gamer, but I just loved the world-building and the fast-paced plot. It's a big book, but a winner.
When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning
Sometimes I like to learn things. I grabbed this book on audio mostly because I just was in the mood for a nonfiction book. I've since become a bit of a pusher of this book, putting it into the hands of many patrons and friends. The book is about the impact of books during war. There was so much information in here that I had never heard before, and it was fascinating! Especially for a book-lover like myself.