Today is the day I want so start something really special. My own book club, right here, right now. Actually, again, Zoella inspired my to do this, but it’s also something I already had in mind and would really like to build up. To be honest, I was never that interested in reading books when I was younger. I mean, of course I read some, but it wasn’t something I would have called my hobby or so. But today it is. Reading and books have become my hobby and I’m really happy about that.
A few years ago I found the perfect style of books for me and totally fell in love. I mean, I’m not obsessed or something and I don’t read ten books in one month. But as soon as I end one, I start another one and read it with all my heart and I try to enjoy it as much as I can. I’m not the kind of stressed reader, I really take my time. I try to live the story, get into it, understand the characters and sympathize with them. That’s the kind of reader that I am.
So, as you all know, the purpose of a book club is to talk about books. And I want to start by presenting my favorite books of the last year to you. Enjoy.
The Girl Online series by Zoe Sugg
I love love love love love these books. Oh my god. Actually, the first book is one of my forever favorites, god I love it so much. I think I read it in about 4 or 5 days, even in school. I remember sitting in class with my teacher doing nothing and me reading the book for the whole hour. And noone even said something, so it was all good. And I cried so much when it ended, but happy tears because it was so beautiful, the same with the second book.
Actually, this series is the embodiment of a girls dream. First flying to New York, then meeting a super hot guy and on top of that falling in love and being able to blog about it. Whaaaaat???? And yes, I know, how amazing is that? But of course, there has to be a downside. Penny, the protagonist, has to fight with huge panic attacks and her awkwardness, but also Noah – the hot cute guy – has a secret which could ruin everything. So yeah, exciting exciting. I can only recommend this book series to you. I loved it and I can’t wait to finally read the third one, which is going to be published at the end of the year. I’m exciteeeeeed.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
This is another cute book I read this year. And I loved this so much. It’s about a girl named Evie (hello @ Joe Sugg), who has some really complicated mental health problems and who just moved into a new city with a completely new college, where nobody knows that she once went nuts. She wants a fresh start, with new friends, maybe even a boyfriend. And although it seems to work out, not telling her secrets could destroy everything. So, yeah, the story is really exciting. I could’t stop reading. Sometimes all I wanted to do was jump into the book and shake some sense into Evie, but at the end… You know what? You should find that out by yourself.
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
This is the book I told you about in my Copenhagen haul. Actually, it’s one of the books Zoella presented in her own book club and now I’m doing the same in mine. This is such beautiful book, for real. To be honest, I hate romantic stories. I don’t like romantic movies nor books. Because all they do is make me jealous and then hate everyone who’s in love. But this book is different. I mean, yeah, it’s about love. But love between friends. And this book just gets it. For real. I highly recommend it.
The story is about Caddy, a girl looking for some significant incidents, she wants something important and special and exciting to happen. And then she becomes friends with the newly moved Suzanne, who is trying to escape from her past and become somebody new. So the adventure begins. An adventure full of happiness and love, but also full of problems, tears and hurt. At the end Caddy has to chose between good or bad. A decision that could change everything.
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Let’s be honest, who hasn’t either read the book or seen the movie or both? I did both and I regret nothing, because the story changes you. The book is about Charlie, a complicated, introverted and very intelligent freshman, who is looking for some friends at his new school. But being a wallflower isn’t always easy and stepping into this new world full of music, drugs, dramas and new friends turns out to be even more difficult than Charlie thought.
This is one of those stories pretty much everyone can somehow relate to. It brings you back to those years in college, where every day felt like a trip on a rollercoaster. In some moments it makes you smile, in others it makes you cry. And I have to be honest and say that it kind of seemed really depressing to me. But also really positive. I think it depends on you, what side you chose. But in the end, it all feels like an homage to life and what could be more beautiful than that?
Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney
I think I already talked about this book in an earlier post. It’s all about the author Katie herself and her life. Her date-less life. Now that she’s twenty-five, Katie starts to question herself and begins to remember all of her past, all the situation she could have got an boyfriend and what exactly went wrong. This path also follows her friendship with her best friend Rylee, who couldn’t be any more different. And to be honest, this book couldn’t be any better. I bought it because I, myself, am still date-less and the moment I saw this book, I just had to read it. To see that there are other people out there go through the same. And this book made me so happy. It’s such a funny, totally relatable and inspiring story and memoir. And not just for people who never had a date, but for everyone who ever struggled to find love. And if that relates to you, I really recommend this book. You won’t regret it.
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
This is one of those books you will never be able to forget. Because it’s just too inspiring and full of love and happiness. Although it begins really sad. So, this is about Brett Bohlinger, who seems to have achieved everything she ever wanted – a hot boyfriend, a good job, a cool apartment. And then her mum dies and everything changes. Mostly because her mum, even after her death, set herself the mission to change Bretts life, for good. It all begins with a letter Brett wrote when she was younger, a list of life goals. And her mother wants Brett to achieve all of those in the next year. And so as the journey begins, one thing becomes very clear: sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.
As you can see, this story is about life and its struggles. As soon as you start reading, you sympathize with Brett. You go through all the ups and downs together with her. Cry with her. Smile with her. And at the end, this book makes you, or made me realize one thing: life is like a rollercoaster, full of positive and negative aspects but at the end, you get out and all you do is smile.
So yeah, there they are. My first books for my book club. I’m planning in continuing this list, adding books and presenting them to you. Actually, I have already planned to buy some books in Brighton on my vacation next week:
- Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
- The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward
- This Modern Love by Will Darbyshire (go Will, woooo)
- Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling (of course)
- and more
So yeah, there you go. I really really hope enjoyed this post and like my idea of this book club. Oh and please feel free to talk to me or join this “club”. Everyone likes to talk about books, so go on. And until then, as always, thanks for reading. x