We’ve all been there. You want to read. You really do, but there is something that’s stopping you. It could be many things: binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix, scrolling through your friends’ Facebook…it could even be because you own so many books that you do not know where to start. Well fear not! This week, for Top Five Wednesday, I have five surefire books that will get you out of your reading slump and put you on the path to surpassing your Goodreads Reading Challenge.
5. Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door and Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Sometimes, you just need a light contemporary novel and no one does feel-good fiction better than Stephanie Perkins. Her trilogy of companion novels are guaranteed to lift one’s spirits. Following three different protagonists who exist in the same world, the trilogy is full of fluff, inspiration and just pure joy. It is nearly impossible to not breeze through these books. Once you finish the third book, consider your reading slump a thing of the past.
4. November 9 by Colleen Hoover
I am slowly working my way through Colleen Hoover’s bibliography, but thus far, the book of hers that I enjoyed the most was November 9. Granted, it gave my anxiety, tested my patience and made my heart swoon at the same time. That, to me, is the sign of an engaging book. Sure, some of Hoover’s premises are a little far-fetched and the dynamic of the relationships leave something to be desired, but even I cannot deny the sheer readability of her books.
3. Anything by Rainbow Rowell
What can I say? Rainbow Rowell is easily one of my favorite authors. Though I wasn’t crazy by her latest–Carry On–I am absolutely in love with her contemporary novels, especially Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. A little more mature than Stephanie Perkins’ novels, the stories of Rainbow Rowell are so heartfelt and gut wrenching that it’s hard not to return again and again. Her novels stick with you and her endings…well, you wish they would never end. Rainbow Rowell is literature’s John Hughes. And that should be a good enough reason to pick up her books.
2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, Magnus Chase and Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan
The “Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series.” Image Source: Bartlesville Public Library
Percy. Jason. Nico. Leo. Annabeth. Grover. The list goes on. Rick Riordan knows how to craft funny and engaging stories. With the exception of Blood of Olympus, I have never been disappointed by one of Riordan’s novels. He manages to make a world that is over a decade old fresh and new with every novel. I enjoy each new installment in this interconnected universe and I cannot wait to see what Rick puts out next.
1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter books
Was this really a surprise to anyone? The Harry Potter Series are my go to reading slump books. Cracking the spine on Sorcerer’s Stone opens a floodgate of memories and as I read about Harry discovering his destiny as a wizard, I relive the years I spent pouring over each and every word as though I had written them myself. I’ll never get tired of reading this series. Never. Sometimes, I find myself flipping through the books, yearning to go on that adventure again. Of course, it’s always difficult to find time, but this summer, I plan on going back to Hogwarts. I still travel back often in my mind and in my heart. If there has ever been a definitive reading slump series, it’s Harry Potter. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series is great too if you are looking for more mature content.
So what did you think of my choices for reading slump books? Do you agree with my selections or are there other books I forgot? Leave a comment below.