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Brilliant Books for Boring Times


What genre of books?

A couple of years ago, my love for books has grown a lot. I started reading books for fun, not just the ones that were given to me from school. I discovered that a whole new world of books, genres, book lovers such as myself... The genre I now gravitate the most towards are thrillers, since they are the quickest to read, historical fiction, in particular WWII fiction and literary fiction. Therefore, if you feel interested to see the books I have listed, keep on reading.


How to Stop Time - Matt Haig

Short synopsis: Follows a man who ages far slowly than a normal human being. He now is 439 years old and we see his journey through life and how he now tries to find his daughter.

This is one of my all time favourite literary fiction. It is not slow, it keeps your interest throughout the pages, which seems to be rare case in literary fiction. And the story I found genuinely interesting. However, my favourite thing about it was the writing. It is the main reason why I want to read the rest of Matt Haig's works. I have read 'The Humans' by him, but unfortunately did not enjoy it as much. It was just so atmospheric, eloquent, everything was described so amazingly and always left you wanting more and more. Moreover, it was jumping from the present to the past in each chapter. I personally preferred the chapters from the present, but the others were quite good too. It is extremely underappreciated, more people need to read it now!


Friend Request - Laura Marshall

Short synopsis: Follows Louise who gets a friend request on Facebook from her friend that died over 25 years ago.

This is the book I recommend to everyone when asked about a good thriller. I managed to read it fully in a day, which does not happen quite often. It is extremely fast-paced and you just get sucked into the story from the beginning, longing to read until you find out what will happen. The characters were all quite well developed, since we got to see them as adults dealing with some bad things and mistakes they had done as teenagers, therefore, the changes in their personalities were quite obvious. I even found it a bit creepy and scary at times. This is a book I read a few years ago, yet I still remember the feeling I had while reading it. The only disappointing thing I found was its unsatisfactory ending.


Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

Short synopsis: A WWII fiction following a couple of characters as their stories get intertwined with each other's and have to face all sorts of problems trying to reach their home.

This is the most recent book I have read from the aforementioned, therefore, I remember the most of this one. Each other chapter is from a different main character's perspective. This is one of the saddest books I have ever read. It deals with grief, during such a difficult time. The chapters are short and swift. You get connected to the characters and learn to love them by the end of their tragic stories. The ending crushed me. I have also read 'Between Shades of Gray' by said author, which is also set during WWII. It was good as well, however in my opinion not as good as this one. You could also watch the movie based on that book called 'Ashes in the Snow'.


Way to Go - Tom Ryan

Short synopsis: Follows a young boy discovering himself in a world of complications.

This one I stumbled upon totally on accident, I have not heard it mentioned anywhere, unfortunately. It is quite a good young adult book, actually better than most I have read. It is a quick and cute read, that will manage to entertain you for a few hours reading from the perspective of a boy who has not got it all figured out. I think this is the perfect book for hufflepuffs, since I am one myself, I could see all the characteristics we value portrayed very well in this book.


Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Sallinger

Short Synopsis: Follows an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden, who one day decides to leave his school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

This book is one of my favourites, if not my all time favourite classic. There was something about it, Holden's story that I felt attached to. I felt similar to him, but also completely different. It is weird to explain, but I experienced this book through his eyes, it felt real.The writing was easy to read, addictive. So mundane, yet I was still so interested. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I still recommend it highly. Also a bit pretentious, so be prepared for that too.

"Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody."

— J.D. Sallinger

More recommendations?

Thank you so much for reading this hub. I have also made other posts about movies and TV shows you should check out. It would mean a lot if you gave them a read too. Stay safe!


Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 05, 2020:

I've read Catcher in the Rye before. I've never heard of the other authors before so it's nice to find new ones.

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