Happy Wednesday, friends! We’re halfway through the week and this much closer to a weekend—which is a long weekend for me! I knew as soon as I saw this prompt that there was no way I was going to miss posting for it. I used to reread books so often but in the past five years, I haven’t been rereading anything. There are so many books that I want to reread, but I’m going to only be talking about five of them today! I’m going to say this now—otherwise I’m going to end up saying it after every single book which will be annoying for you—all of these are some of my all time favourite books and they all mean so much to me. Also, all of these books contain potentially triggering content, feel free to ask me any questions about them or their content, either on here or on my Instagram(@ericasbookshelves)
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I’m starting with the book that I’m actually going to be rereading for this month for a readathon prompt. This one is a little hard to explain because it’s really just about Charlie as he navigates adolescence and everything that comes with it. I read this back in my second round of grade 12 English class for a group project and I fell in love so quickly. I made it through this book way ahead of my group and my teacher didn’t know what to do so she just kept letting me pick up books that other groups were reading. I would 100% go so far to say that this book literally changed my life. Charlie is a fantastic narrator and everything in this book just seems so real and raw. I loved his group of friends and I can’t wait to reread this one.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Yet another book that changed my life. This book focuses on eating disorders and the fatal consequenses that they can have. Lia and Cassie are best friends, in a deadly competition to see who can be the skinniest. When Cassie succumbs to the demons within her, Lia begins to feel like shes being haunted by her best friend. The writing in this book was incredibly, it flowed so well that I can still remember it to this day—which is saying alot because I read this over 4 years ago. The portrayal for eating disorders in this book felt so real for me personally—I know everyone has different experiences so this may be different for other people—but for me, I feel like it was a fantastic portrayal. One of the most unique and most effective aspects of this book is that it truly shows the consequences of this illness and I can’t think of another book that does this. This book is a hard read but it’s an important one to get to if you can handle it.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I feel like I shouldn’t put two books by the same author on here but I can’t help it, I loved her books and I want to reread them. Similar to Wintergirls, this book is a challenging read dealing with tough topics but it is well worth the read if you are able to. This one follows Melinda who is a friendless outcast at her highschool, all because she called the police at one of the biggest parties of the year. Now no one will talk to her and they definitely won’t listen to what she has to say so she basically stops talking all together. Art class is the only thing getting her by and it’s the only reason she is able to start to face what happened at that party—she was sexually assaulted by an upperclassman, who still poses a threat to her. After another encounter, Melinda refuses to stay silent and decides to fight back. Like I said, it definitely deals with sensitive content, however, much like Wintergirls, Anderson’s writing flows beautifully and she tells the story in a phenomenal way.
A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin
Am I cheating by putting an entire series on here? Maybe, but I don’t care. I love this series and it’s story so much—both books and tv show—and I’ve been thinking about rereading it for a while. I kept putting it off in hopes that the sixth book, Winds of Winter, would finally be released but that just keeps getting farther and farther away. I would be so happy to dive back into this world, I’m not sure when I’ll actually get around to reading it—this series is thousands of dense pages long—currently the sixth book has an anticipated release date of 2020, so maybe I should do a reread closer to when that comes out? Aside from this being an epic fantasy with crazy world building and unique and interesting characters, I can’t for the life of me explain what this series is about so CLICK HERE to go to the Goodreads page for the first book.
You(You 01) by Caroline Kepnes
This is my most recently read book on this list, all of the others I read 4+ years ago, however this one I read at the end of 2015—which I guess is still basically 3 years ago but whatever. I still remember this book pretty vividly but it is also my favourite thriller book of all time so I already want to reread it. There’s also a show coming out in September this year and it’s starring Penn Badgley as Joe and let me tell you, that is one of the BEST castings I’ve ever heard of. If you don’t know what this book is about, in it we follow Joe as he follows Guinevere Beck—known just as Beck to her friends—after she leaves her credit card at the bookstore he works at. After he finds the card he googles her name and finds out there’s only one Beck in NYC, she has a public Facebook account and Tweets constantly and she’ll also be at a bar later that night. Which, to Joe, sounds like a perfect place for a “chance” meeting. Joe then begins to obsessively and invisibly starts to control Beck’s life, creating the perfect situations to make sure Beck ends up in his waiting arms. This book is one of the weirdest and most unsettling book I’ve read, and not necessarily because it is the scariest—although don’t get me wrong, a ton of messed p shit happens in these 425 pages. What makes it so unsettling is the fact that you are literally inside of an obsessive stalkers head. The story is told from Joe’s perspective which makes it an utterly unique story that I would highly recommend to fans of thrillers.
That’s it for me today, I hope you guys enjoyed reading it! I would love if you let me know in the comments about a book or series that you’re dying to reread!