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15 Books To Add to Your Reading List

Jaeda recently graduated from college. She loves animals, reading, writing, watching Netflix, online shopping, and drawing!


My suggestions are mainly young-adult books, but are great for all types of readers!

Last year I started a book challenge with my best friend and roommate. We made a pact to read 30 books in the year 2020! I won't say that it's easy! We are very busy college students and time spent reading means we could be studying! BUT this has been really fun and we really hold each other accountable! One time, I was watching Netflix and she goes "You should be reading!" and she was right! I even made us a little sheet to track our progress!

1. Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott

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This book is about two teenagers who live with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis patients are allowed to be around people, but not other cystic fibrosis patients. They are to stay six feet apart from one another. Sound familiar? Stella and Will decide that they will stay five feet from each other. We get to experience them falling in love. We experience love with them and loss with them. This book was made into a movie, and both of them are worth your time.

2. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave

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This book includes mystery and family drama that sucks you right in. I read this book so quickly because I just couldn't put it down. This book is about a wife and her stepdaughter trying to uncover the truth of what happened to her husband. The main character and her stepdaughter don't start as friends but end the novel with an unbreakable bond. If you give this book a read, you will not regret it.

3. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

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First of all, Lisa Jewell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. This was the first Lisa Jewell book that I ever read and I fell in love immediately. This book contains just the right amount of romance and the right amount of mystery. I wish I could read this book for the first time again. For some reason, the fact that it takes place in England makes it 10x better as well. Please give this book a read.

4. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

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If you like Pretty Little Liars, you will enjoy this book. It definitely has the same vibes. The main characters' friend dies a tragic death. They live in a small town and discover so many secrets about their deceased friend, each other, and even themselves. This book has mystery and drama and is worth your time.

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Like, Five Feet Apart, this book is about two teenagers who live with a medical condition. In this case, cancer. Hazel and Augustus are our main characters in this story and they both are living with cancer. They go on adventures together and eventually fall in love. This book is filled with romance and heartbreak. I suggest that when you finish the book, you watch the movie, because both are really great.

6. The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

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This book kind of blew my mind. This book is about the choices we make in our lives, and how the tiniest decisions can change our whole life. The main character gets to live through different timelines of her life and see how each decision she made (or didn't make) changed her life. This book is truly amazing and takes the reader on such a journey.

7. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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I read this book long before it became a popular Netflix TV Show. I want to recommend the book because it is better than the show. Season one of the TV show is as far as the book extends, and in my opinion, it is the best part. This book really touches on mental health and has helped others recognize the warning signs of suicide. Give this book a read before you watch the show, but if you have already watched it read the book anyways! You will not regret it.

8. Losing It by Cora Carmack

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This steamy novel was a great and quick read. The main character, Bliss, wants to enter college on the same level as her friends, so not a virgin. She sleeps with the first guy she meets. Then on her first day of college finds out that he is her college professor. This book is a shorter read, but it leaves you wanting more.

9. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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Honestly, this book was not an easy read. The main character has experienced so much trauma in her life, and readers live and relive those moments with her in this novel. This book hits on heavy and triggering topics such as self-harm, sexual assault, abandonment, and more. That being said, I would recommend this book over and over again. Especially, to those with mental illness, or those who work with mental illness.

10. The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

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Here is another Lisa Jewell recomendation. I love every book of hers that I have read and will continue to recommend them. This book has a lot of twists and turns, and the reader gets to discover family secrets along with the main character. This book is a thrilling read involving murder, cults, and deep family secrets. Give it a try!

11. Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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This book was a great read. I read this pre-pandemic, so it would be interesting to read again. There is a boarding school out on an island and the characters of this book live at it. There is a disease killing their own, and they are forced to stay there under quarantine. The main characters uncover many secrets that leave them feeling unsafe in the world. After one of the girls go missing, even more secrets unfold. Truly a great read and an interesting plot.

12. Finding Alice by Melody Carlson

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Finding Alice is one of those books that I read in middle school that I will never forget about. This book is about a girl with schizophrenia. She is imagining things in the world as if she were in the main character of Alice in Wonderland. Alice believes that she is in contact with religious beings of a higher power. Alice endures disturbing treatments that make it hard to put the book down. This book led me to want to work in the mental health field and to major in psychology. This book had a huge impact on my life, and it could in yours as well.

13. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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The Woman in the Window is one of the best books that I have read in a while. It can be a slow read at first because a lot of it is the main character's internal monologue. At the same time, that is what makes this book so amazing. The reader experiences the thought process of a woman with Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is the fear of situations that might cause anxiety. More commonly known as, the fear of going outside. There are many twists and turns in this novel. This is a great read and a gripping psychological thriller!

14. Life and Death by Stephenie Meyer

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Personally, I love this book. I love the Twilight books, so when I had the chance to read this I was delighted. I love when authors rewrite books from a different point of view, but Stephanie Meyer did something even different. She rewrote the first Twilight book, but every character changed genders. Bella becomes Beaufort and Edward becomes Edythe. Everyone changed except Charlie and Renee, and she explains in the book why she chose that. Stephanie ends up using the ending that she would have liked to do in the original Twilight! I loved that the ending was different, otherwise, almost everything else was the same! Overall, I thought it was a great, quick read!

15. A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

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Honestly, I saw the movie before I even read the book, but I loved the movie so much that I bought the book immediately. Both the movie and the book are 100% worth your time. This book is full of romance and mysterious disappearance. Now that I am writing this, I want to read the book again. Give it a try!

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