Life can be very stressful for many people at the moment and so its nice to take a step back to appreciate the books that provide us comfort in these unprecedented times.
God, why do i sound like every email sent in the past few weeks “we recognise these are difficult times but we WILL get through them together.”
Really, the real reason i’m doing this post is because i saw these two posts (may, olivia) and was like well damn…guess i know what post i’m writing 😬😬😬😬 yes i’m unoriginal and not creative, what can i say?
Jandy Nelson’s Books
I’ll Give You The Sun – objectively the best book in the world. Okay just kidding, but like I love this book and i’ll find myself just re-reading pages and pages of this book randomly just because ugh noah. and yeah, june’s alright as well. But noah and brian are my everything. I’m so glad i’m not a horse. (if you know, you know) also the cover’s yellow and my copy has yellow stained pages. So? There’s really no discussion on how beautiful this book is inside and out.
The Sky is Everywhere – in terms of quality, uh, it lacks a lot compared to I’ll Give You The Sun. but when i first read this, i went back and poured over certain passages of this for ages (if i had my own copy, i still would be). I love this book in a very certain way: I know its messy (in a sometimes not good way) and stupid and dramatic but um i just continue to love it anyways.
Shatter Me – remember what i just said about the sky is everywhere…this applies like 10 x over for this book. Also i still DETEST the first book in this series (it has no redeeming qualities apart from warner, my sweetheart psychopath 🥺🥺🥺) the second book is alright but Ignite Me, book 3? AGH MY PRECIOUS BABIES I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS AND WARNETTE AND I WOULD DIE FOR ALL OF THEM. this series is far from perfect, i would only recommend it to a very specific type of person because it ain’t gr8 objectively but I love this series so much. The characters feel oh so very real to me and Kenji makes me laugh so so much and Juliette and Warner have the softest, most passionate relationship ever and just *screams* i love!!! And sometimes i’ll just go back to ignite me and just re-read certain bits because i’m obsessed!!
Six of Crows – i mean of course this is on the list. I am just too predictable. Yeah, this is supposed to be some intense action-packed brutal heist novel but in actuality. It makes me so soft. Don’t get me wrong, the plot is fantastic and woven together marvellously, but the characters? I can’t even begin to describe how much they have my heart. And anything I say about this book has already been said before, so i’ll stop my rambles here and leave you with this: i will never, ever get over this series.
Bone Gap – If I even try to explain why I love this book…why it makes me cry…I don’t know why okay! I really, really don’t. To everyone else this is just some magical fun book. To me? Its like every time i re-read this (which i have done 3 times) i feel complete and whole and the characters make me feel emotions and i just… yeah
The Diamond Brother Series – this series was my *childhood*. (As well as geronimo stilton. I loved that rat) anyways i re-read them like 3 years ago and you know what? They still hold up. They are the emptimome of humour. I will hear no arguments on it. And the mysteries are good also but maybe that’s because i’m dumb and can never figure anything out lololol.
The Raven Boys – i re-read this series (mostly on audiobook) and it was a great time. The thing is with these books, they are very comforting while reading but then a few months will pass and i will forget virtually everything that happened in the series so… I feel weird talking about my love for it? But I do love these characters so much like I LOVE BLUE! And Calla. Can’t forget Calla. And the actual raven bois of course are great too. Just, blue.
Aristotle and Dante – i saved the best till last!!! I don’t even know how to form sentences about this book without feeling meager. I just…it’s good. I love it. Favourite book of all time. Read it 4 times and will continue to do so. Every word is like “yes” and like i cry and like the characters and like yeah! I don’t know how to speak. What is english. I cannot describe the beauty of this book. Do yourself a favour and *read* it.
Tell me some of your fave comfort reads in the comments, i would love some recs (i will be reading an emma mills book hopefully soon and i hope i can consider her books part of this list!)