With going into lockdown many of us have hit a reading slump period. I went through that in May and let me just add that it was awful. Since then I’ve been trying to fill my time by reading books according to my mood. That’s not to say I haven’t made a tbr, I’m just choosing those books according to how I’m feeling in the moment. And if i’m not in the mood I’ll just move it to the next month or whenever I’m feeling it. I’ve put together this post with some book recommendations depending on what you’re up for!
Book that reads like a memoir
If you feel like reading a book that has a memoir like feel to it then I recommend giving If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha a try. Mind you the story might not really be for everyone but I found this on particularly interesting. It follows the lives of 4 Korean women. Honestly this blurb says it a lot better than I can, ‘A riveting debut novel set in contemporary Seoul, Korea, about four young women making their way in a world defined by impossibly high standards of beauty, secret room salons catering to wealthy men, strict social hierarchies, and K-pop fan mania.’
A sweet contemporary to leave you feeling soft
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee is the literal definition of soft. It follows Skye Shin who dreams about joining the world of kpop. This focuses a lot on body image and the views of society in certain cultures as well. The romance was adorable and there’s so much body postivity and it reads exactly like a rom-com!
A historical fiction to keep you immersed
This historical fiction will have you so immersed you won’t be able to put it down! The Silence of Bones by June Hur is one of my favorite reads this year. I don’t usually read historical fiction. It just isn’t my cup of tea usually but I loved this book so so much. So much historical accuracy and the most interesting story.
A historical fiction with a fantasy touch
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi is one of my all time favorites! I fell in love with the synopsis the first time I read it. This get’s compared to Six of Crows all the time. I enjoyed SoC a lot but I personally loved this one more. I get sad when people dismiss this one because there’s so much magic in this and Roshani brings together the most amazing characters. I urge you to pick this one up if you haven’t. It’s worth so much.
An imaginative book that’s completely whimsical
It comes as a surprise to no one that I’ve chosen Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor for this. No matter how many years go by I just know nothing will ever top this for me. Specifically in the whimsical department. Reading this is like being in a dream. It might feel a little hard or slow to get into at first but the story is one of the most beautiful ones I have ever read.
A quick whimsical read
This was such an easy read for me. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson is such a simple story. The audiobook made it extra fun and light. I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting. It wasn’t complex in any way it just felt like simple art.
A dark adult paranormal academia
Okay, I read Ninth House as an arc last year and I have a few points to make. Is this book dark? yes it is and it has so many themes that might trigger readers or make them uncomfortable. Will it take long to read? probably for some. When I read it I was so excited I finished it in 2 days. I’m an exception since some said it took them a very long time to get through. At the end of the day it depends on you. If dark adult academia is a genre you enjoy, there’s a possibility that this book is for you. You can read my review here for some more of my thoughts and a list of trigger warning.
A book that reads like a Kdrama
Can not recommend Wicked Fox by Kat Cho enough! This was my first introduction to Korean mythology. It was so magical and interesting. I loved learning about a different culture. It played like a Kdrama in my head and it will for you too! (If Kdrama is your thing of course).
A book about healing and grief and that’s bound to make you cry
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman is by far a favorite of mine. I didn’t really know what to expect when I read this. I read it in a couple of days and by the end I found myself crying and felt like my heart was being squeezed. Akemi Dawn Bowaman’s writing make you feel so many emotions and writes so beautifully.
A contemporary with a touch of sci-fi
It’s taking me everything to not just write favorite favorite favorite everywhere. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds was cute, sad, and had the sweetest main character to exist. There’s the perfect touch of sci-fi to this book. Loved the characters and the story and it was just downright different than anything else.
A diverse contemporary romance
Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali is an all time favorite! I don’t read enough contemporary romance but this book is it my friends. It has many important discussions as well as the cutest romance!