Birthday Post: 24 Books I Recommend

Birthday Post: 24 Books I Recommend

I love birthdays. To me, they’re just so exciting. You get to celebrate another trip around the sun, and just knowing that you exist. It’s pretty fun. I don’t mind getting older – it’s an adventure that I’m happy to be a part of.


December 21 isn’t just my birthday. It’s also the Winter Solstice, which sounds beautiful, and it’s a cool phenomenon….. but it’s also the shortest period of daylight, and longest night of the year. Not gonna lie, the amount of darkness on my birthday is a bit of a downer, but it is what it is.

My final bit of whining is having a birthday close to Christmas. I won’t go into it too much, but a holiday birthday isn’t often very fun. It usually get lost in the chaos of the holiday season and, from time to time, snowstorms.

But… that’s enough rambling. I’m 24 now, and since there aren’t any fun song lyrics (that I know of) about being 24, I decided to make a bookish list.

So here we go!

24 Books (I Believe) Everyone Should Read

If you’re looking for a book recommendation (or 24), check out these books (in no particular order)!

  1. Once Upon a Marigold (Jean Ferris)
    • I pretty much blame this book for why I can be such a romantic. Christian and Marigold are adorable together, and their story is thoughtful, fun, and shows how we are made up of so much more than our flaws and imperfections. It’s a light story that will leave you feeling warm and happy, because books are allowed to do that. I think everyone should read this book because it’s silly, fun, and full of true love.
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic (V.E. Schwab)
    • Read this book because it tackles multiple worlds flawlessly. V.E. Schwa is the queen of world building, and her deeply flawed characters are equally fantastic and conflicting. Multiple Londons may sound confusing, but Kell London, Dull London, Creepy London, and Dead London will make sense fairly quickly. Kell, Rhy, Lila, and Holland are the characters that primarily make up this novel, which isn’t quite teen or adult. While you can see their youth, there is also a different kind of maturity about each of the characters. ADSOM is the first of the Shades of Magic series and is near impossible to put down, especially with this opening line:
      • “Kell wore a very peculiar coat”


  3. Ms. Marvel (G. Willow Wilson)
    • I think everyone should give graphic novels a try, and if you’re nervous about them, then you need G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel. Culture, family, friends, growing up, and loss are just a few of the topics tackled in this amazing series. Kamala Khan is lovable and powerful, and her devotion to her friends, family, and city will warm even the coldest of hearts.
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        • “A hero is just somebody who tries to do the right thing even when it’s hard. There are more of us than you think.”

  4. Hearts at Stake (Alyxandra Harvey)
    • Of course I need to add a vampire novel! This book is funny and bad-ass with great romantic interests. It makes fun of the vampire trope, therefore making fun of itself, while also showcasing some seriously strong female leads. Read this series to fall in love with vampire books again.
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        • “I read a lot. I love books. If they came in a bottle, I’d be a drunk too.”

  5. The Diviners (Libba Bray)
    • This book is historical and spooky! It’s such a fun combination, even if you aren’t into history. The unique cast of characters are well-written and fascinating. It’s a bit of a long book, but you won’t want to put it down. Take a chance on the roaring 20’s with Evie and friends.
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        • “But what was the point of living so quietly you made no noise?”

  6. Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
    • I had to read this book for my AP English class in high school. At first, I didn’t understand the book, but after my teacher explained it to us, I found that I really appreciated and enjoyed the story – as dark and heavy as it was.
    • Memorable quote:
      • “It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice

  7. Scythe (Neal Shusterman)
    • What if we cured death? Cool, right? Except for overpopulation…. So what if we assigned people to be Death? Scythes! It’s horrifying and interesting. If you want to question your morals and ethics, pick this book up. Just trust me.
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        • “My greatest wish for humanity is not for peace or comfort or joy. It is that we all still die a little inside every time we witness the death of another. For only the pain of empathy will keep us human. There’s no version of God that can help us if we ever lose that.”

  8. A Deadly Game of Magic (Joan Lowery Nixon)
    • This mystery was a favorite of mine as a kid. I read it about 5 times every summer. Spooky, haunting, and clever are the best words I can use to describe this novel. While teenagers solving a crime might sound like a bad Scooby Doo spin off, it’s actually really a dark book that will send shivers down your spine.
  9. The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)
    • This book is  Stand By Me/The Body mixed with dead Welsh Kings, forbidden love, and psychics. Stiefvater’s writing is clever and full of twists and turns. This book takes some time to read, but it’s well worth it.
      • “My words are unerring tools of
        destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

  10. Vampire Crush (A.M. Robinson)
    • Another vampire book that makes fun of itself while still standing out with its humor and strong leads. This book makes me laugh to no end and is easy to read over and over.
      • “I feel like I’m in one of those teen shows where a caring friend lets her naive schoolmate know that the popular guy in school is spreading rumors about her. Of course, those usually end with everyone finding out they have chlamydia instead of a vampire husband, but the concept is the same.”

  11. Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
    • Sci-Fi intimidated me until this futuristic fairy tale came along. Classic meets the future where Cinderella is a cyborg and other classic princesses are outspoken, determined, and ready to fight the evil Lunar Queen.
      • “Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.”

  12. Tuck Everlasting (Natalie Babbitt)
    • I had to read this book in 4th grade and it really stuck with me, many years later. Read this because its a bittersweet reminder of that first feeling of love, and what lengths you would go to, or what you think you would go to, in order to have it.
      • “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

  13. The Prince and the Dressmaker (Jen Wang)
    • This graphic novel will make you feel all the feels. It’s about acceptance, friendship, and secrets. Read this to warm your heart and remember that there are good people in this world.
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        • “My whole life is other people deciding what’s acceptable. When I put on a dress, I get to decide what’s silly.”

  14. The Near Witch (Victoria Schwab)
    • Read this because it’s haunting and beautifully written. I can’t say it enough – Schwab is the world building queen – even in her earliest works. This book is currently out of print, but you might find a few circulating copies at your library or on Amazon. Have no fear, though! The book is coming back with a new cover in 2019.
      • “Maybe one day the words will pour out like so many others, easy and smooth and on their own. Right now they take pieces of me with them.”

  15. The Name of the Star (Maureen Johnson)
    • What could be more fun and spooky than a Southern girl moving to London, where she sees ghosts and is hunted down by the ghost of Jack the Ripper? Read this for some chuckles and many spine tingling moments.
      • “Fear can’t hurt you,” she said. “When it washes over you, give it no power. It’s a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.”

  16. Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendare Blake)
    • Read this for a good scare. Anna is a terrifying and violent ghost, and Cas and friends are a fascinating group. The store will scare you and keep you on the edge of your seat.
      • “I’ve seen most of what
        there is to be afraid of in this world, and to tell you the truth,
        the worst of them are the ones that make you afraid in the
        light. The things that your eyes see plainly and can’t forget
        are worse than huddled black figures left to the imagination.
        Imagination has a poor memory; it slinks away and goes
        blurry. Eyes remember for much longer.”

  17. The Body (Stephen King)
    • Usually Stephen King makes you think of the things nightmares are made of, but this book is a different kind of scary. It focuses on the loss of childhood innocence that four friends experience as they follow the railroad tracks to find the dead body of a boy their own age.
      • “The most important things are the hardest things to say”

  18. Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)
    • Looking for a book about a heist? Give this book a try. It’s got a wonderful cast of misfits who have practically no chance of surviving the ultimate heist, but if they do manage to succeed…. the rewards will be well worth it.
      • “No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.”

  19. We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)
    • Want a book that will haunt you to your soul, look no further. I don’t even know how to explain this book. Just pick it up; it’s a unique read.
      • “We are liars. We are beautiful and privileged. We are cracked and broken.”

  20. Sadie (Courtney Summers)
    • This book is intense and that’s putting it mildly. But get this book as an audio book. The podcast portion is amazing. (Note: this book contains heavy subjects such as pedophilia, abuse, drugs, and murder).
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        • “Every little thing about you can be a weapon, if you’re clever enough”

  21. The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
    • If you have to read one classic, I think it should be this one. It’s intense, thoughtful, and very well-written. While you’re at it, pick up some of Plath’s poetry.
      • “I am, I am, I am”

  22. Dracula (Bram Stoker)
    • The classic vampire story. I say read this one because it can be interpreted in so many different ways.
      • “There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”

  23. This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab)
    • Literal monsters appear in this fictional world because of crimes. Different kinds of crimes cause different monsters to appear – and most of them are vicious…. except for a Sunai named August. He just wants to be human. On the other side, a human girl named Kate wants to be a monster.
      • “You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”

  24. The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)
    • Read this just… because. It’s different and the writing is beautiful. It was recommended to me by someone who means a lot to me. However, be warned that this is the first in a trilogy and the third book is nowhere in sight, even after 7+ years.
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      • “Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”


There you have it! 24 books! If you read any of them, let me know what you think!

I’m excited to celebrate another birthday.

Thanks for reading. 🙂


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