With the summer close to an end, it’s time for the cozy-ness of autumn. A personal favorite activity of mine for the fall is reading. A calming activity for the nearing cold and blustery days that are coming towards us. I have prepared book recommendations for every type of person ranging from a cute and warm romance to a bone-chilling mystery that will keep you well entertained for the whole season.
Fantasy Recommendation: Harry Potter series by J.K Rowling
This classic is a gem that is well received for many reasons. This series is something near and dear to my heart and will take you on an exhilarating ride you will never forget. While experiencing a sensational adventure with Harry and his friends, you will also experience an emotional and warmhearted theme throughout the novels as Harry develops his friendships throughout the years at Hogwarts. It is a cozy and comfort read for many that will be sure to leave you with a warm and full spot within your heart. Synopsis: “The first novel in the Harry Potter series and Rowling's debut novel, it follows Harry Potter, a young wizard who discovers his magical heritage on his eleventh birthday, when he receives a letter of acceptance to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”
Romance Recommendation: The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Love Hypothesis is, hands-down, one of my most favorite books of all time. A young adult and fake-dating romance that includes many comedic and warm–hearted scenes. Synopsis: “As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn't believe in lasting romantic relationships--but her best friend does, and that's what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor--and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford's reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive's career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding...six-pack abs. Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.” A witty and ambitious female lead with a grumpy, morally-gray love interest, what more could you want?
Historical Fiction: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong This novel is a little darker than the rest of the novels listed. This beautiful novel is a Romeo and Juliet retelling that takes place in late 1920’s Shanghai between two rival mafias. Personally, I almost screamed when I found out what this novel is about. It is a beautiful take on the Shake spear play. With the twist of the setting, this book will take you on an amazing journey filled with a captivating enemies-to-lovers trope. Synopsis: “The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.”Adventure: Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan Ahh, a classic adventure. Experience what it is like to be a demi-god with the one-and-only Percy Jackson. This series is one that will, not only teach you about the wonders of Greek mythology, but will take you on an unforgettable journey of saving the world. Synopsis: “Set in the mid-2000s, the series follows the story of Perseus "Percy" Jackson, a boy who discovers he is a demigod son of Poseidon. He was abandoned by his father because of an oath made by the Big Three (Zeus, Poseidon and Hades), the sons of Cronus, to not father any more children after World War II.” Thriller Recommendation: The House Across the Lake by Riley Sager “...it felt like a sudden sucker punch in the face! Yes, so many unexpected things start occurring that destroy your last remaining marbles!”- Freedom senior, Riley Hill. Synopsis: “When Katherine suddenly vanishes, Casey becomes consumed with finding out what happened to her. In the process, she uncovers eerie, darker truths that turn a tale of voyeurism and suspicion into a story of guilt, obsession and how looks can be very deceiving.”
Mystery Recommendation: A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson As someone who doesn’t read much mystery, this book is an amazing introduction to the genre. While following Pippa in her amateur investigation to uncover a murder filled with holes, she gets lost within herself. It is a mystery that keeps you guessing and the outcome is one you will never guess. Synopsis: “Five years ago, Andie Bell, a girl in Pippa's village, was murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh, but the body was never found. Pippa suspects it wasn't an open and shut case, and chooses to make a study of it for her final year project at school.”
Personal Recommendation: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas I felt like adding a personal recommendation that implemented a little seed of all these genres in one book. A thrilling mythical mystery, a love story, an adventure for glory, and set in a historical age. It is my favorite series I will ever read. Sarah J. Maas is the author of some of the most popular books for young adults today, and it is for many reasons. Not only are Maas’ books beautifully written, her characters and stories are ones that you will never forget. Throne of Glass is the first of eight other books but the story planned out through these novels is one that will take you on a joyous and emotional journey. Synopsis: “After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.” A sarcastic assassin, a charming prince, and a grumpy Captain of the Guard? Personally, that is perfect.