10 Romance Books I Can’t Bring Myself To Read

Happy day before Galentine’s Day!

Since Galentine’s Day is tomorrow I thought I should share with you 10 romance books that I just can’t bring myself to read. Some of these books I have attempted to read, but couldn’t finish them because they were either too sappy or too sad. Also, when a book is really hyped up by the general public, I find myself struggling to read the book…but that could just be the wannabe hipster in me.

Are there any romance books that you can’t or refuse to read too? Let me know in the comments!

1 – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

500 Pages

Release Date: July 5, 2003

Don’t go falling in love with someone who messes with time travel. I feel like you’re setting yourself up for a disaster.

2 – Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

328 Pages

Release Date: April 12, 2012

I love Rainbow Rowell, but for some reason I can’t bring myself to read this one. I’ve had friends who have read it and loved it, and maybe that’s part of the reason I refuse to read it. I’m afraid it won’t be as good as everyone says. John Green also loved it, and he writes really sad books, which leads me to believe that this book is probably sad too.

3 – Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James

356 pages

Release Date: May 25, 2011

More like 50 Shades of yuck.

4 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

532 pages

Release Date: October 16, 1867

I wanted to love this book, but I couldn’t get through it 😦

5 – One Day by David Nicholls

435 pages

Release Date: January 1, 2009

First, this book doesn’t have the best reviews, and second, the movie was very depressing.

6 – The Fault in our Stars by John Green

313 pages

Release Date: January 10, 2012

If I’m being totally honest, I cried like a little baby when I watched this movie. It was SO sad, and I know if I read this book I’ll cry even harder because that’s just how it goes for me.

7 – Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

964 pages

Release Date: 1877

I mentioned this earlier in my Reading List 2020 post; this book is almost 1,000 pages, so you could say that’s not a huge motivator for reading it.

8 – The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

227 pages

Release Date: January 5, 2000

I refuse to read the book, and I refuse to watch the movie, even though I love Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. They’re both awesome.

9 – The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

384 pages

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Haven’t seen the movie, and haven’t read the book. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the book, but again, I can’t bring myself to read it.

10 – Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

464 pages

Release Date: December 1847

I guess I’m not a big Bronte fan…because I’ve also tried reading Wuthering Heights…and I couldn’t get through it. I’m sorry Bronte sisters!

It’s probably obvious from this list that I’m not a huge fan of books with sad endings, specifically dramatic/romance books. Is there a fun term for that genre? I’m going to call them dramantic books. I tend to stay away from dramantic books, so you probably won’t see too many those book reviews from me. Although, I did add a dramantic book to my 2020 reading list, All The Bright Places, so we’ll see how that goes…

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments if there are any romance (or dramantic) books that you can’t bring yourself to read.

As always, happy reading!

My 2020 Reading List

I am publicly posting my 2020 reading list so that I’m more motivated to actually read all of the books on my list. That can be a real struggle for me. Anyone else feel that way, or is it just me?

Anyway, check out my list below, and feel free to add any other book suggestions in the comments section. I’m open to pretty much anything!

The Rest of the Story

By Sarah Dessen

440 pages

Release Date: June 2019

I don’t think it’s possible for Sarah Dessen to write a bad book, so I’m obviously going to read her newest release.

Things in Jars

By Jess Kidd

373 pages

Release Date: February 2020

A mysterious historical fantasy set in Victorian London, with a strong female protagonist?! Yassssss!

Anna K.

By Jenny Lee

448 pages

Release Date: March 3, 2020

I’ve never read Anna Karenina, and I’ve never seen the movie. All I know is the book is crazy long. So long, I have avoided reading it my whole life. Lucky for me, Jenny Lee has graced us with a retelling of the classic story, and this book is a lot shorter. I’m not kidding, this book is 500 pages shorter than Anna Karenina

The Killer Across The Table

By John Douglas

352 pages

Release Date: May 2019

After reading Mindhunter, how could I not read John Douglas’s newest true crime book? Since I’m still processing Mindhunter, I might have to wait a little bit before I get started on this one.

What You Wish For

By Katherine Center

320 pages

Release Date: July 14, 2020

I have read two of Katherine Center’s novels, Things You Save in a Fire and How to Walk Away, both are great books. Her next book, What You Wish For won’t be released until July 14, 2020, so you could say the anticipation is killing me.

Sadie

By Courtney Summers

308 pages

Release Date: September 2018

Sadie’s just a girl who’s trying to uncover the truth behind her sister’s murder. Then there’s the guy following her journey on his true crime podcast.

You Deserve Each Other

By Sarah Hogle

368 pages

Release Date: April 7, 2020

First they like each other, so they get engaged. Then, they don’t like each other…then they like each other again? Talk about complicated, am I right?

A Woman is No Man

By Etaf Rum

336 pages

Release Date: March 2019

A 2019 release from debut author, Etaf Rum. This book peers into the conservative Arab culture through a woman’s point of view.

The Sun Down Motel

By Simone St. James

336 pages

Release Date: February 18, 2020

What do you get when you put a deep seeded family mystery, ghosts, murder, and a creepy old motel together? You get The Sun Down Motel…and you also get Psycho kind of.

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

449 pages

Release Date: September 1868

Believe it or not, this book isn’t about tiny women, it’s about sisterhood. I’m hoping I’ll understand the little part when I read the book.

All The Bright Places

By Jennifer Niven

378 pages

Release Date: January 2015

A teen drama/romance that’s soon to be a movie! I’m thinking this book is on The Fault in Our Stars level, which means I will be reading this with a tissue box and possibly lots comfort food.

Before She Knew Him

By Peter Swanson

309 pages

Release Date: March 2019

I read the description of this book and immediately thought of Desperate Housewives. Suburban couple living in the suburbs, possibly living next door to a murderer? Sign me up!

Evvie Drake Starts Over

By Linda Holmes

289 pages

Release Date: June 2019

Evvie Drake starts over with the help of a hunky baseball player, so obviously I’m excited to read this book.

Harry Potter Series

By J.K. Rowling

309 pages

Release Date: June 1997

Have I already read this series multiple times? Yes. Does that matter? No it does not.

A Discovery of Witches

By Deborah Harkness

579 pages

Release Date: February 2011

All I know is some witch opens an old book in a library and all hell breaks loose. There also may or may not be a vampire love interest…

Daisy Jones & the Six

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

355 pages

Release Date: March 2019

Daisy Jones & the Six tells a raw and captivating tale of a fictional seventies band. Plus, Reese Witherspoon is making it into an Amazon series so…(hence Reese’s book club sticker).

That’s what I’ve got on my list so far! I’m equally excited to read all of these books, so I’m not sure where to start first. Obviously I won’t be starting with the books that haven’t been released yet, unless I manage to get copies ahead of time.

If you’ve already read any of the books on my list, I want to know what you thought, so please comment 🙂

Happy Reading!!

Mindhunter? More like Mindblown

But twenty-five years of observation has also told me that criminals are more ‘made’ than ‘born,’ which means that somewhere along the line, someone who provided a profound negative influence could have provided a profound positive one instead. So what I truly believe is that along with more money and police and prisons, what we need more of is love. This is not being simplistic; it’s at the very heart of the issue.

John Douglas, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit

The other night I was on one of my daily walks just minding my own business, thinking about my life, and jamming out to some tunes, when out of nowhere I’m thinking about serial killers. I’m thinking about serial killers because at the time, I was walking by myself, in a park (not too far from my apartment), and I’m wearing headphones. I was in a park. At night. By myself. With headphones in. I felt like I put a target on my back that said, “Come and get me, crazy psycho murderers!”

This, of course, leads me to think about Mindhunter, and how John Douglas says everyone is vulnerable. Anyone could be a victim. For the crazy pants murderer, all it takes is the right person, at the right time, in the right place. Everyone is vulnerable. I’m vulnerable. You’re vulnerable. We are all vulnerable, and that’s scary. It’s scary knowing that there are people out there that want to hurt you. Maybe not you specifically, but people in general.

This had me rushing out of the park and heading to a busier part of the neighborhood for safety, but I still couldn’t push those thoughts out of my mind. I was instantly suspicious of any other pedestrian I walked past that night. I even cut my walk short because I could not stop thinking about it.

That’s the kind of effect Mindhunter had on me. It had me critically analyzing everyone and getting freaked out on walks, but it also fascinated me.

If you missed my post about how excited I was to read this book, then you can check out that post here.

Book Description

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He has hunted some of the most notorious and sadistic criminals of our time: The Trailside Killer in San Francisco, the Atlanta Child murderer. He has confronted, interviewed and researched dozens of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Richard Speck, John Wayne Gacy, and James Earl Ray – for a landmark study to understand their motives. To get inside their minds. He is Special Agent John Douglas, the model for law enforcement legend Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’s thrillers Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs, and the man who ushered in a new age in behavioral science and criminal profiling. Recently retired after twenty-five years of service, John Douglas can finally tell his unique and compelling story.

My Reaction

The Interviews

The interviews are big aspect of Mindhunter, and honestly one of my favorite parts of the book. It gave me the chills for sure.

The reason Douglas and Bob Ressler, his partner, started interviewing convicted killers was because they both felt they had so much to learn from them. What better way to catch killers than by getting inside their heads? Douglas even says throughout the book:

“If you want to understand the ‘artist,’ you must study his ‘art.’ If you want to understand the criminal mind, you must go directly to the source and learn to decipher what he tells you.”

John Douglas mentions that the key to conducting a good interview was to treat the interviews as a casual conversation. Recording the interviews and taking notes made their interviewees nervous and often played into their paranoia, so Douglas and Ressler stopped that after the first few interviews.

Why were these interviews so beneficial? Essentially, these interviews helped Douglas and other agents understand criminals. In understanding the criminal, they began to get a better idea of what kind of person would commit a certain kind of crime.

Catching Serial Killers

The rest of the book focuses on how Douglas and other profilers use their deductive reasoning to create criminal profiles on active murder cases. Douglas talks about some of the cases he worked on like, Atlanta child murders, BTK, and the Green River killer, to name a few. The profiles created by the BSU in the FBI became really important when it was time to convict the killers. It used to be that in order to get a conviction in a murder case you needed conclusive forensic evidence, eyewitness accounts or a confession, or good, strong circumstantial evidence. But, now with profiling, there’s added evidence for a murder conviction. Of course, you can’t get a conviction on a criminal profile alone, it only works along side other evidence. Still, that development was a pretty big deal. John Douglas and other profilers testified in a lot cases, helping put away many killers.

John Douglas is a real life hero. And it’s not just him, it’s all of the other agents, past and current, who are working in the Investigative Support Unit (previously the Behavioral Science Unit) at the FBI.

Nature Vs. Nurture

A big thing that stuck with me from reading this book is the quote I included at the beginning of this post, “What we need more of is love.” Douglas tells us towards the end of his book that many people ask him if it’s possible to prevent these serial crimes. Is there a way to prevent these killers from killing in the first place? What is needed to make this happen? Douglas tells us that he believes criminals are more than likely made than born. Almost all of the killers he interviewed had grown up in a dysfunctional environment, which Douglas believes is what led them to become violent offenders. He wonders if that would still be the case had they been treated with more love.

A book that causes a debate, in my opinion, is good. It wasn’t hard for Douglas to do this since he was writing about something that’s already a huge topic of discussion. The nature vs. nurture debate will never go away. People will always discuss this. Even after reading Douglas’ opinion on the matter, I still wonder about the validity of his argument. Maybe most criminals are made, but one also has to wonder if a small part of that person was born that way. I think it’s a little bit of both. Then again, I’m not the leading expert in criminal profiling.

Just Read It

If you are a true crime fan like myself, then you’ll probably love this book. If you’re a fan of the show then you will also love this book. So stop reading this and just read Mindhunter instead. You won’t regret it!

Happy reading!

10 Harry Potter Book Quotes That Will Give You Hope

There was a time in my life, a dark time really, when I refused to read the Harry Potter series. One of my best friends growing up was obsessed with the series and told me, almost on a daily basis, that I needed to read the books. I just waved her off because I didn’t feel like reading them. Little did I know that I was depriving myself of the most magical and wonderful book series in existence. I was young and naive then.

I’m not sure if it was my friend’s insistence that finally pushed me to read it, or I actually became genuinely curious. All I know is that one weekend I didn’t have a book to read and I was browsing through our little library at home when I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone sitting towards the bottom of our book shelf. I told myself if I didn’t like it, then I could just stop reading it. But, guess what? I LOVED it. After reading the first one, I read the second one, then the third and so on. I’ve re-read the series multiple times, and now I even have a second edition of the first Harry Potter book that has become my most cherished possession.

The one thing I love most about books is that they have the ability to take you into a different world. I’m either reading to lose myself in someone else’s life, sometimes to escape my own, or I’m reading to remind myself that I’m not alone in whatever I’m struggling with in my life. I don’t just love Harry Potter because it’s a story about magic, I love Harry Potter because it’s shown me time and time again that I can beat the dragons in my life.

You should prepare yourself for more Harry Potter posts in the near future. I wrote a whole paper on this book in my Critical Analysis class in college. I could go on for days, but since this post isn’t meant to be a Harry Potter analysis post, I’m just going to shut myself up and get to the quotes I know you all are waiting to read.

Enjoy! And let me know which Harry Potter quote is your favorite!

It is our choices that show what we truly are far more than our abilities.

Albus Dumbledore, Chamber of secrets

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?

Albus Dumbledore, Deathly Hallows

I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.”

Hagrid, Goblet of Fire

The thing about growing up with Fred and George is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

Ginny Weasly, Half-blood prince

We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.

Sirius Black, Order of Phoenix

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Albus Dumbledore, Prisoner of Azkaban

It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.

Albus Dumbledore, Deathly Hallows

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.

Luna lovegood, Order of Phoenix

It does not do well to dwell on dreams and forget to live.

Albus Dumbledore, Sorcerer’s stone

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.

Albus Dumbledore, Deathly hallows

And there you have it! 10 Harry Potter quotes that will hopefully bring you hope. I know there are so many more quotes I could have included. I really just chose these ten because I love them the most. Don’t hesitate to share your favorite Harry Potter book quote in the comments.

Happy Reading!

Just Read The Whisper Man and Never Sleep Again

If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.

If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home.

If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass.

If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.

Alex North, The Whisper Man

Does that quote not just give you the shivers? I’m the kind of person who can’t watch a scary movie without a good pillow to hide my face. It’s kind of funny since I’m a big true crime fan, but put me in front of a scary movie or book and I’m a giant baby.

This book isn’t Conjuring scary, but it’s scary enough for me that I felt more comfortable reading it during the day. Totally worth it!

Book Description

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In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.

After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.

But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.

Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.

And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears whispering at his window…

My Thoughts

If you are a fan of suspense/thriller books then be ready to read this book from start to finish with no breaks. Unless you have a full-time job like myself, then you will be forced to spread the readout. In any case, this book kept me captivated on every page.

The most notable relationship from the book is Tom and Jake’s.

As you can probably imagine, Tom and Jake’s relationship is very complicated. Tom feels like he’s failing Jake, like he isn’t enough for him, since the loss of his wife. You can tell that Tom feels helpless. I think I would feel pretty helpless too if my spouse had passed away and I was left to raise our only child. You have to cope with your own grief and at the same time, you have to stay brave and strong for your kid. Tom copes with his loss the best way he can, by writing to his dead wife, and continuing to make life for Jake as normal as he can.

Meanwhile, Jake copes with his loss by getting lost in his drawings and talking with his imaginary friend.

Tom hints that Jake’s imaginary friend popped into his life after the mom dies. The imaginary friend, who is a little girl, is present throughout the book, and she often acts as a guardian to Jake. She continually asks Jake to repeat the rhyme, that’s quoted above, before Jake and his dad move to Featherbank, and after they move there. She also warns Jake to be careful and to always leave his windows shut.

There are a few other instances where you can’t decide if Jake has made this girl up as a coping mechanism, or if she’s actually a ghost. Tom believes the former, and struggles to see his son so isolated. Alex North does a good job of capturing the hardships in Tom and Jake’s relationship throughout the book. Tom struggles with wanting his son to be normal and remembering that Tom was a lot like Jake as a young boy, and that it’s okay if Jake isn’t normal. He doesn’t need to be like every other boy.

*A side, but also relevant rant below- read at your own risk*

I actually recently watched a digital short called Float, from Pixar, that reminded me a lot of Tom and Jake’s relationship. In the video, a father tries to hide his young son’s ability to float from everyone in their town. The father doesn’t like the way strangers look at his son for being different, so he eventually decides to hide his son in their house, away from prying eyes. As time goes on, the two eventually have to venture out in the public realm again. The father tries to hide his son’s ability by putting rocks in his backpack so he won’t float. When they’re out and about, the son gets excited when he sees other kids playing at the park. He loses the backpack and starts to float. Can you guess what happens next? Everyone stares at the little boy, shocked and scared by what’s happening. The father reacts in anger at the little boy and yells at him to stop, then asks the boy, “Why can’t you be normal?!” This comment garners total silence from everyone at the park. The little boy stops floating (this moment breaks my heart) and looks at his father with big sad eyes. Immediately you can tell his father hates himself for making his son feel this way. He hates himself for letting all those strangers’ opinions affect the way he viewed his own child, so he picks up his sobbing son and sits on a swing. He wipes the boy’s tears away and begins to swing. His son opens his eyes, and seeing the smile in his father’s eyes, stops crying. The father, not caring what anyone thinks now, tosses his son forward prompting him to float.

I didn’t make the connection until now, but throughout the book, Tom struggles between embracing his son’s quirkiness and trying to hide it from others in fear of how they will treat him because he’s so different. He obviously doesn’t hide his uniqueness to the extent of the dad in the Pixar Short, but the thought, why can’t he be normal, seems to run through Tom’s mind more than once.

*Side, but relevant rant over*

Tom becomes more and more patient with Jake as the book progresses, and their relationship strengthens just in time for some crazy shit to happen.

Along with Tom and Jake, we have a few other important characters: Detectives Pete Willis and Amanda Beck. The two detectives are vastly different. Pete’s a veteran detective who was the one responsible for catching Frank Carter, or as he’s better known as, “The Whisper Man,” twenty years prior. Pete’s always thinking about those missing kids from years past, and as a new boy disappears, he finds himself facing Frank Carter for the second time.

Amanda Beck is a younger detective facing her first big investigation involving a missing child, and she’s determined to find him alive. Pete and Amanda have a somewhat strained relationship in the beginning, since Amanda’s younger, she feels a lot of pressure to solve this case fast and she’s reluctant to have some old guy helping her. She wants to show that she’s a good detective, while Pete’s not at all excited to be on the case. Pete wants nothing to do with Frank Carter, but he knows he has to see the case through the end.

Just Read It.

Please, I’m begging you, JUST READ IT. There is so much more in this book than I’ve discussed. I didn’t want to give any spoilers away, so I didn’t hit on every relationship, but please know there are unexpected twists in this book that will have you shocked and maybe a little excited.

If you have read it, then let me know what you thought in the comments!

2 Reasons Why I’m Excited to Read Mindhunter

If you’re a fan of Mindhunter (the show) then you’ve probably already heard that Netflix is delaying the third season for a stupid reason I won’t even mention. As you can tell I’m definitely not bitter. Okay, I’m a little bitter, but how could I not be?

Luckily for me and the other Mindhunter fans there is a solution to this problem: we read the book.

For some silly reason I’ve prevented myself from reading the actual book that the show is based off of. Well, today I said, “Enough is enough!”, so I bought the kindle version on Amazon. I have to tell you it feels pretty great. I have zero regrets, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to read this book…oh wait, I can! I can give you two reasons why I’m excited to read this true crime book.

I’m Obsessed with True Crime & Crime Shows

I am fascinated by true crime, and have been ever since my brother convinced me to watch a documentary about Jeffery Dahmer, called The Jeffery Dahmer Files.

I’m from Milwaukee, and anyone from Milwaukee knows who Jeffery Dahmer is. But, in case you don’t know, he’s known as the Milwaukee Cannibal who raped, murdered and dismembered 17 young men from 1978 to 1991. He was caught and sent away for life in prison, and he had only served 3 years when another inmate murdered him in 1994.

After watching that doc I started watching other docs and fictional crime shows like, Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, Monk, Bones, etc. I also watched Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Don’t F**k with Cats, The Killing, and of course Mindhunter. If there’s a good crime show or true crime doc out there then you can bet I’ve already seen it.

All of these shows got me thinking: how could anyone be so evil, and how did they get to be that way? Were they always evil and external circumstances triggered their crimes, or was it only external circumstances that lead them to committing such horrifying crimes? It’s the classic discussion of nature vs. nurture. There’s nothing I love more than having late night discussions with my friends on this very topic!

The Show is Awesome

Mindhunter is intense and I realize it’s not for everyone. I have many friends who have tried to get into this show, but couldn’t stick it out. I’m definitely not like some of my friends because I absolutely LOVED the show. I’ve already watched the two seasons that are available twice, and I’ll probably have to watch it all over again since Netflix is stupid and delaying the third season.

The show is set in the 70’s and follows FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathon Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany). Together Ford and Tench interview some of the most notorious killers in America. The two agents figure out early on that the best way to catch a serial killer is to get inside the mind of one. Their work ultimately leads to the creation of the Behavioral Science Unit and lays the foundation for criminal profiling.

This show is like the serious prequel to Criminal Minds. It feels more real and that’s probably because it’s based on the book, Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, by the real FBI agents the show is based on, John Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

The book follows the true story of FBI agents John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, who started working at the FBI in the 70’s. They’re the actual agents who conducted interviews with serial killers, so they could get better insight on their psychological motivations for killing.


I feel pretty good about this book, even though I haven’t started it yet. So far I have found that the book is almost always better than the movie or show, so I’m hoping that applies to Mindhunter. I’ll Just Read It and find out 😉

After I finish reading I’ll probably write a followup post to this with my thoughts/reaction, so please stay tuned!

6 YA RomCom Books That I’ll Probably Read Again…And Again

I will probably always read YA romcom books even when I’m 100 and there’s no sense in denying that. My love for reading actually began with Twilight, so it only makes sense that YA RomCom books were the next genre I immersed myself in. It’s not the only genre I love, but it will be a genre that I’ll always appreciate.

I was just rereading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Hahn, since the second movie is coming out on Netflix soon. In all that excitement I was reminiscing on some of my favorite romcom books and thought that I would share them with you guys. These are books I first read in high school, re-read in college, and will probably read again in the not so distant future.

Let me know what YA romcom books are your favorite in the comments!

Since rereading this book has brought me to writing this post, I obviously need to start with this one.

When Lara Jean falls in love with a boy she writes him a letter. It’s a way for her to share and process her feelings in a safe, no-stress way. That is, until somehow all of the letters she wrote (5 in total) end up getting sent to all of the boys…she has ever loved…before.

This disaster leads Lara Jean to strike up a fake relationship with the first boy she ever loved, Peter. Read the book to find out how all this craziness unfolds!

It’s the start of summer and Emily Hughes cannot wait to spend every day of it with her bestie Sloan. Doesn’t that sound nice? The only problem is Sloan seems to have disappeared without a word, leaving Emily incredibly worried.

The only thing Sloan left behind was a bucket list for Emily to complete. Sloan want her to go apple picking at night? Skinny dipping? Kiss a stranger?! The whole list has Emily nervous, but she’s convinced that finishing the list means finding Sloan.

The bucket list has Emily, for the first time, going to parties by herself, making new friends and even has her falling in like with a cute boy, Frank Porter.

But does the list actually lead Emily to Sloan? Gotta read it to find out!

Do you like spies? Cute romances? Best friends who would do anything for each other? Well then, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK.

Cammie Morgan isn’t your average teenage girl. First, her mom is the headmistress to a fancy all girls’ school she attends. Second, that all girls’ school is actually a school for spies.

Cammie loves being a spy and she’s pretty darn good at it. Everyone at school calls her “chameleon” because she’s so good at staying unnoticed. That is until her class is taken on an important school field trip/spy mission and Cammie meets a cute boy who actually notices her, and wants to spend more time with her.

Drama, chaos, and laughter are guaranteed with this book. There are also 5 other books in this series, and I recommend each one.

I have read almost every Sarah Dessen book, but Just Listen is my all time favorite one. This particular book follows Annabel who’s just beginning her Junior year of high school. On the outside Annabel’s life looks perfect. She lives in a beautiful home, has equally beautiful sisters, and is a model. Up until the previous summer she also had two best friends and a social life.

What happened to Annabel that summer isn’t something she can talk about. She spent the whole summer closing herself off to the world around her, until she meets the mysterious, quiet, music obsessed Owen. Owen seems to bring Annabel out of her shell a little bit each day. Will it be enough for her to come to terms with what happened to hear earlier that summer?

I had the benefit of reading this book before the movie came out. While the movie was good, the book is better. Isn’t that always the case? This book follows high school freshman Charlie as he navigates his friendship with seniors’ Patrick and Sam. They open him up to an exciting new social life he never expected to have. Charlie and Sam also a strike up a romantic relationship (NBD).

Along with Patrick and Sam, Charlie also becomes close with his English teacher, Mr. Anderson. Mr. Anderson says my favorite quote from the book, “We accept the love we think we deserve.” This quote is something Charlie carries with him throughout the whole novel as he struggles between embracing his new life and running away from what’s happened in his past.

In this lovely novel by Rainbow Rowell, Cath is obsessed with all things Simon Snow. Her and her twin sister, Wren, spent their childhood and teen years reading and rereading the books, dressing up for the movie premieres, and writing fanfic to keep the story alive.

For Cath, she never wants to abandon Simon Snow, especially now that her and Wren are headed off to college. If only Wren felt the same way. As Wren distances herself further and further from Cath and Simon Snow, Cath finds herself forming an unexpected friendship with her roommate and her roommate’s handsome and charming best friend.

And the one class that Cath was most excited for ends up being a bigger challenge than she expected? Who would have expected Cath’s writing teacher would detest fanfiction? Cath sure didn’t!

There are so many more books in this genre that I love, but I wanted to keep the list short and easy to digest. As I mentioned above, let me know what your favorite book from this genre is in the comments below.

Dear Edward, Give Me A Tissue

There was no reason for what happened to you, Eddie. You could have died; you just didn’t. It was dumb luck. Nobody chose you for anything. Which means, truly, that you can do anything.

Ann Napolitano, Dear Edward

I’ve always been one to stay away from tearjerkers, but for some reason this book called to me. Dear Edward is a newly released book by Ann Napolitano.

What’s it about?

*Description brought to you by goodreads:

One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. and then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery – one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do you find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

Dear Edward is at once a transcendent coming-of-age story, a multidimensional portrait of an unforgettable cast of characters, and a breathtaking illustration of all the ways a broken heart learns to love again.

My Reaction

I cried a lot during this book. I’m also the kind of person who cries at a lot of things. I cried at the end of Mulan, so if you aren’t on my level you might not cry as much as me. Since I cry a lot I tend to try and stay away from books like Dear Edward because those emotions can be so overwhelming. For some odd reason Dear Edward called to me. I truly wondered how Edward could possibly move forward after being the sole survivor of a plane crash. I couldn’t imagine losing my family all at once, so the thought of this little boy struggling to find the meaning of life after losing everything had me picking the book up. I’m glad I picked it up because it’s probably one of the best books I have read.

Chapters alternate between Edward’s life post crash, and the passengers on the plane before the crash. Napolitano really makes you care and connect with those passengers, which makes the impending crash that much harder to read. There’s also an added mystery to the book, making you wonder how the plane crashes in the first place. Was there some kind of argument on board? Was it terrorism? Just a dumb accident? That’s not revealed until the very end.

As Edward gets older we see him trying to not just stay connected with his lost family, but with all of the passengers on the flight. The alternating chapters make the plane crash a constant trauma and trial in Edward’s life, which it is. Edward’s transforming into a different person as each year passes, but that boy on the plane, Eddie, is still present. He’s still on that plane headed to Los Angeles with his family and the rest of the passengers.

In a somewhat surprising and beautiful way Edward finds a way to connect to all of the lost passengers on the flight. I’m not going to give that away because I want you to the read the book for yourself.

Will this book put you to tears? Yes. But will it also bring you hope and joy? HECK YES.

Inspired By A True Story

When I first read the book, I thought, thank goodness this is fiction, even though clearly in the description of the book it says “Inspired by a true story”. I didn’t include that in my description on here, but on my book jacket it clearly says this. My brain must of completely ignored that since I was so shocked when I realized that Dear Edward was indeed inspired by a true story. It makes this story an even more powerful read.

Apparently in 2010 a commercial airliner flying from South Africa to London crashed in Libya. There were around 170 passengers on that flight and the sole survivor was a 9-year-old boy. Everyone else died, including his parents and brother. Napolitano became obsessed with the story, especially with the media’s fascination on the little boy. For 8 years Napolitano created her own fictional story based on this crash.

Just Read It

Just. Read. It. PLEASE read this book. It will have you feeling all the feels, but it is so worth it! Get your copy on Amazon today!!!