I never knew books could do that.
Take me away from this place, make
Me forget for a little whileSomething There from the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast
Isn’t there something so magical about getting lost in a book? I just love when I’m so into a story that it takes looking up to remember I’m not actually there with the characters. It’s one of the main reasons reading has always been one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve been to other places, met interesting people, and learned so many lessons just by reading a book.
In this last year reading has meant even more to me as it’s given me a way to get out and about while I was stuck at home. I may not be able to go many places in the real world, but I could go anywhere I wanted when reading. To be honest this last year has reenergized my love for books. I’ve always enjoyed them, but my time in college kind of put a pause on my reading for fun. So it’s been nice to press play again, and dive into so many good books.
With this restarted love for books I’ve been reading books I’ve read before and books that are brand new to me. I thought I’d share a few of those books with you today in case you’re looking for an escape as well or looking for a way to get into reading.
Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer
Something that should be known about me is that I have a great love for the Twilight series. I’m well aware that it’s a bit cheesy and has its flaws. The series has always held a special place in my heart though, and I just love hanging out with the Cullen family. I love getting lost in the story now just as much as I did the first time I read the series years ago. In fact it’s the Twilight series that I can thank for getting back into reading last year. It had been a few years so I thought it was time for a reread especially with Midnight Sun coming out. It was just as good this time around, and being able to add Midnight Sun into that mix was even better. I’d always hoped we’d get the full version of the book, and I’m so happy we finally did. It was worth the wait as it did not disappoint. I loved seeing the story that started it all told from a new perspective, and getting more time to hang out with my favorite characters. In fact it’s a strong contender for being one of my favorite books in the series. I know it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, but I’d still love if she’d release more of the books from Edward’s perspective. Mostly because I want to spend more time with his siblings. I’d definitely recommend this book, and the series to anyone that hasn’t had the Twilight experience yet. Also if you’re Twilight experience consisted of just watching the movies I beg of you to read the books. I know they always say the book was better, but in this case it really is true.
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
After watching the most recent version of Little Women (it was so so good) I was reminded of another favorite story of mine. When I was a kid I loved the story of Little Women, but I also really enjoyed Little Men. In fact, it was on the regular rotation of movies I’d often rent when we went to Hollywood Video. While I’d seen the movie many times over the years I couldn’t remember if I ever read the book. I figured it was the perfect time to give it a read as I had a lot of time on my hands, and I’m so glad I did. I always love getting more time with characters like Jo and Laurie. So if you find yourself still thinking about Little Women, and you are wishing for more you should definitely check out Little Men. I’m hoping that maybe they’ll consider making another movie of this story as well, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Dune by Frank Herbert
I guess I’m just on a roll for books that have movies. I guess it’s good because this way there’s double entertainment for everyone. You can read the books and watch the movies. After seeing the trailer for Dune I knew I had to read the book. I’ll admit that when I first started reading this one I struggled. It’s a little confusing, and at first it felt like maybe I was reading a sequel. The hints at the growth Paul would have in the book are what kept me reading. I was really rooting for him and eventually Chani as well as they faced their many struggles. The further I got into it the better it got, and eventually it got to where it was hard to put down. I’m just saying if you start it and struggle just try giving it a chance by reading a little more. It’s a really intriguing story, and I almost wanted to reread it the moment I finished it. I’ve got the sequel on my list of books to read, and I can’t wait to dive into it.
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Most recently I’ve been hanging out with characters like Vin and Kelsier. They’re really cool, and I think it would be awesome to be able to do what they do. I just completed the first book of this series, and it was phenomenal. It was full of action, friendship, adventure, shock, and so much more. I loved the book so much that I made a playlist for it, and that’s not something I’m sure I’ve ever done (you can click here to check it out). To be honest I heard Beautiful Ghosts by Taylor Swift, and immediately thought of Vin which turned into me finding 64 other songs that also reminded of the book and its characters. I’m currently on the second book of the series, and so far it’s been just as good. You know how I mentioned my love of Twilight earlier? Well when I first read the Twilight series I read it 16 times in a row because nothing else captured my attention. This is the first series since then that has reminded me of that same type of love (obsession?). I’m not saying I’ll read it that many times mainly because I have so many books on my reading list. It’s just that it’s that good that I feel I could. Honestly even when I’m not walking around with Vin in Luthadel I’m thinking about it. I can’t wait to read more of this series, and I highly recommend you check it out.
Those are just a few of the books I’ve read, and really enjoyed recently. I hope maybe you may find something that intrigues you, and that one of these books will be your next adventure. If you do choose one of them or you’ve read one of them before I’d love to hear what you think. I’d love to hear some recommendations from you as well. I can’t promise that I’ll get to them right away as my reading list is a bit long, but I’ll definitely look into adding them to my list. After I finish my adventures in the Mistborn world I plan to travel to the world that is The Wheel of Time series. There’s about 14 books in that series, and they’re all a bit large so I have a feeling they’ll keep me busy for a bit. Hope you all have a lovely week! See you next time!
A few other books on my reading list:
- The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson
- Life and Death by Stephanie Meyer
- Princess Bride by William Goldman
- Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen