Books You Need To Read Part 2

Books You Need To Read Part 2

By now, you have probably noticed that I tend to read a lot, and all that reading means that I have gone through quite a few books. But, as every reader will know, there are usually only a select few that stand out to us enough to recommend. So here we are again with yet another roundup of the books I have read recently. You can find some more recommendations from my last post here. Let me know if you have read any of these or are planning to read them!

1)      The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Are you in the mood for a good rom-com? Are office enemies one of your favourite tropes? Do you love reading witty and quick banter? The Hating Game by Sally Thorne centers around the epic enemy/friendship situation between Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman in an office setting. With an abundance of witty banter, not-so-charming and some much-needed hard-hitting realizations, this book is a must-read for all those who love a good rom-com.

2)      The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

I love Jane Austen just as much as the next person, but I think I love the world she created even more – and of course, the readers who interact with it. The Jane Austen Society follows a group of people who have been brought together for their love of Jane Austen. Coming from all different backgrounds, who would never normally cross each other, they come together to save Jane Austen’s legacy and preserve it for generations to come. If you are in the mood for a good comfort read, then you should pick this book up. Make sure to prepare yourself a cup of tea while you read this book on a rainy day.

3)      Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is one of my favourite YA authors so naturally, I had to pick up this book the week it came out. Take Me Home Tonight centers around two inseparable best friends, who get separated one night in New York City and set off on their adventures for the first time. The story explores growing up, change and figuring out that what you want might change and that is okay. I love Morgan Matson and truly wish I could live the adventures her characters go through, just because it’s YA doesn’t mean there isn’t something for everyone. Take a fun and crazy overnight trip to New York City and allow yourself to be swept away by the adventure of it all.

4)      Sparks Like Stars by Nadia Hashimi

Sparks Like Stars centers around a young girl who sees her entire family killed in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. Her entire world as she knows it is completely taken away from her, but one guard sneaks her off to the home of a US embassy employee. Their goal is to get her to America as quickly as possible without being seen, for fear that she might not be safe. Throughout the book, we learn about the trauma she endures, the effects of harsh realities hitting her at such a young age and what it means to grieve the loss of your loved ones. Sparks Like Stars has to be one of the most heartbreaking but necessary reads for everyone and anyone. The resilience, grit and determination that the main character shows are admirable and tremendously terrifying. Ultimately, the reality of so many children caught in the middle of a war they didn’t create. It is simply a must-read for everyone.

If you need a few more recommendations, here are some books I am planning on buying for Summer 2021:

– That Summer by Jennifer Weiner

– People we meet on vacation by Emily Henry

– Meet you in the middle by Devon Daniels

– Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

How The Book Industry Has Changed

How The Book Industry Has Changed

When I was young, I absolutely hated reading. My parents would have to set a timer and practically force me to sit down and read, but anyone who knows me now and sees my reading habits, would not think that little kid and I were the same person.

When I started high school, books became an escape for me. I would sit for hours on weekends and read my books. I loved reading, and I wish I could tell you when exactly I shifted towards becoming a book lover, but all I know is that I have not stopped reading since.

Since I have been an avid reader for a solid decade or more at this point, I have come to notice that a lot of things in the book industry have changed. Not only have I started to notice so many more books are being published, but also the types of books being published has changed so much.

The other day I was browsing my local bookstore, which I had not been to in months, and I came across the YA section, which quite honestly is not a section I peruse often anymore. But something called me to that section, and I felt 15 again, except the bookshelves looked different than how I remembered them. The stories that were being displayed were different, diverse, intricate but also very real. Suddenly fiction was portraying a very true reality and I find its not something that was prioritized in the YA section when I was growing up.

Going through the rest of the store finally made me realize how much has changed in our society. I am not saying we have become perfect, but I would like to think that our bookstores can become a reflection of our general ideas and perspectives as a society. Books being published now are so much more nuanced, complex, but fun and different. Its much harder to pick up two of the same books, even if they are based on the same trope.

All this to say, things are changing. Whenever I get discouraged about the world around me, I think I need to go to a bookstore. It isn’t perfect, and they are still works of fiction. But fiction is often a lens people can use to relate to a story or experience, they themselves would never have experienced.

The book industry has changed a lot in the last ten years, and I hope it continues to do so. I hope that every single person, from every single walk of life can walk into it and see something they can relate to or open a book and read about something they would have never thought of. That is how we grow, change and progress as a society. I know the publishing industry is far from perfect, but I am happy to see that there is a shift in what is published and the stories that get told.