One of the most important things you should know about Abby the Bookworm is that she DOES NOT have a singular favorite book.
I find it incredibly distressing whenever someone asks me “What’s your favorite book?” and expects me to look completely unaffected.
Of course, I’m not judging any book-lovers out there who are able to identify their favorite book without batting an eyelash. You are all much more decisive and much less fickle than I am. You have my respect.
All this leading to: Today, I am going to list several books that I have fallen absolutely head-over-heels for. It’s probably the best way to get to know me, and I certainly will be enjoying myself as I rant about these masterpieces.
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
After reading Far from the Tree, I realized what all those book reviewers meant when they described a book as “poignant.” I teared up and full-on cried more than once while reading this. The found family theme got me right in the feels and I wept for the three broken darlings who just needed someone to tell them that everything would be okay.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I have to admit, I did NOT expect to fall so hard for this book. I picked this one up while I waited for the chance to read Brigid’s other books (Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell). And down I went into the rabbit hole of unrequited crushes on characters and the contraction-less speech of Emberfall. I fell in LOVE with Grey the stoic guardsman and did a whole lot of swooning for Rhen and Harper. The sequel A Heart So Fierce and Broken did not disappoint either.
Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk
This was one of the quieter releases that I loved, but I fell hard for the Ancient Rome C. V. Wyk draws up for me. Xanthus, the cinnamon roll of a gladiator who is prone to existential crises, and Attia, the fierce Thracian warrior who loves children, made such an adorable pair. I was horrendously disappointed when the publisher announced that the series would not be continued. After that ending? Cruelty.
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Oh my goshhhhhhh. I mean, four alternate universes with four different Londons named after four different colors? With an ever-frowning dimension-traveler with a fantastic coat? With a cutpurse who WILL rob you and maybe kill you in the bargain? With Mr. Holland Vosijk, one of the biggest book crushes I have ever had?
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
I was very late to the party when it comes to Illuminae. That did not affect my adoration for this book and later the entire trilogy. I love epistolary novels, that feeling of piecing together the puzzle pieces of what exactly is going on here. A perfect balance of war’s brutalities, romance, and one sentient AI system that murdered both the masses and my feels.
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry
The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep was an utter, pure, simple delight. It was an ode to family, reading, and the literal and metaphorical power of words. The everyday troubles of the Sutherland family balanced with the not-so-everyday power that Charley has made me smile with tears in my eyes.
Those were only a few of my most loved books (believe me, I could go on about this all day), but that’s it for today. Thanks!