Is it just me or do my other college readers feel guilty reading a personal book choice when they should be reading their textbook? I always find that when the semester ends I start compiling a huge list of books I want to read. I do most of my reading over holiday breaks and the summer! With that said, I recently got a few books from Barnes and Nobles. My sister’s high school held a fundraiser there about a week ago so I went out to support! I thought I’d share with you what I picked up.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
So I actually already finished reading this one. It only took me 3 days, I just couldn’t put it down! It’s about 2 high schoolers that try to save each other, but in the end they aren’t able to. Finch is someone who is bullied throughout school and is obsessed with death. He struggles to find his place and doesn’t really feel like he belongs. Violet is the popular girl that everyone loves. It seems like she has it all together till her sister dies in a car accident. Finch and Violet connect over their struggles and do their best to help each other.
This is my number #1 recommendation right now. Its a page turner and the message in the book definitely stays with you.
Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
After loving All The Bright Places as much as I did, I’m definitely going to read Holding Up The Universe. It’s about a girl in high school who is dealing with the weather of her mother. Along with dealing with this loss and picking up the pieces at home, she is trying to change the way she lives in high school. Most people can’t see past her weight and she wants to change that. She wants to be the girl that can do anything. When she meets Jack Masselin, both their worlds change. It’s a love story and finding the person that see’s you for who you are.
I’m excited to start this book. It’s about someone “A” who wakes up in a different body. It’s the same soul, but not person. “A” has to figure out who he/she is every morning. It’s not the actual body that takes adjustment, just the life that comes with it. And every day “A” finds Rhiannon, a girl that wakes up as herself every day. I can’t wait to start this one.
After writing this I realized I subconsciously chose a theme for this month. All of these books have some kind of love story to them. I like that these books send the message of seeing people for who they really are and not what’s on the outside. It’s a good refresher to remember that the connection is what is important when it comes to any relationship you have, romantic or not. I hope you find some great books to read this month! Let me know in the comments what you’ve read so far or what you plan to read! I’m always looking for recommendations.
Thanks for reading!
XOXO, Christina Bee