This title came recommended to me and now I get to recommend it. It has it all - from fantasy, romance, even some Shakespeare. This book still holds its weight even with the new cover. Also - Booksellers secret: We like to recommend books and tell you what we are reading, so ask away!
This series is a rollercoaster. Before I started Novel, I got all of my recommendations from Goodreads (Bootok wasn't a thing yet) and this book was at the top of the YA charts and for good reason. Going undercover with June and tring to keep pace with Day, this dystopian novel is one of the best. Lu does a wonderful job of not onlu creating a worls but also writing character you really hope beat the odds.
What was my life pre-Novel? I discovered these books when I was in middle school. Over the years, THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker turned into my favorite book, movie, and play because it is so beautifully written. The book tells about a woman finding who she is in a world that tried so hard to hide her from the truth.
BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY was popular when I was in middle school, about a family who was taken away from their home by the Soviet Union during World War II. I loved this book because it demonstrated the sacrifices a mother makes for her children. The relationship between the mother, daughter, and son is one I still remember.
I first read this book in middle school and re-read it every year until I was 20. I remember going to college and being a bit embarrassed when I told my peers that a YA book was one of my all-time favorites. But this book has meant so much to me. I read it shortly after my mom passed away and in a strange way, having Death as the narrator helped me come to terms with the fact that death is inevitable and always untimely. The main protagonist's book theivery made me feel empowered in owning my voracious reading habits and my nerdiness.
My favorite book from my pre-Novel days was (and honestly, still is) Godot (pronounced "GOD-oh"). I saw it performed for the first time in 2016 on my first trip to Ireland, and would end up seeing it approx. 6 or 7 times, and got in the habit of carrying the script around with me everywhere. It is the most beautiful, sensical, nonsensical, eternal, instantaneous, lyrical text I have found in my 26 years. I know it's a hard sell to people for a variety of reasons, but I love its vastness, its endless room for interpretation. When I'm happy I read Godot. Whether I'm lost, elated, worried, contented, out of my mind, or perfectly sane, Godot is just the ticket. It's my chicken soup book!