all the spooky books you need to read | thriller recommendations

I love the fall time so much. Maybe I’m a little biased because my birthday is in November, but it’s still such an amazing time. Another thing I really love is thrillers/mysteries.

Obviously this is the perfect time to recommend some of my favorite books in this genre! I hope you find some new favorites through this post :)

 

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

I received an e-ARC of this book a few months back without really knowing much about it. However, I was hooked from beginning to end, and I wish there was more of it. It follows a couple who moved into a new home that seems almost perfect until weird, creepy things start happening. It alternates between the woman and the man narrating the story, and their two voices were so distinct and unique which made the story so much better. If you are looking for an eery, creepy read, then I would definitely recommend this one.

Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

This book was sent to me in a subscription box when I was a rep. I had no idea what it was about but I went into it that way, which made it so much better. So, I’m not going to tell you what it is about (just know that it involves a relationship that demonstrates an abuse of power). It was super dark and mysterious but it was fun to follow along with and try to guess.

Sanctuary Bay by Laura Burns and Melinda Metz

One of my favorite book settings of all time is boarding schools, so when I saw this book on BookOutlet, I had to get it. It follows a girl who gets accepted to an elite prep school which seems like a dream come true- until her roommate disappears. This book was phenomenal. I had no expectations because I had never heard of it before, but it blew me away. So good.

 

Down a Dark Hall by Lois Duncan

I read this back in middle school (which was so so long ago now), but it clearly left an impression on me. Once again, the setting is a boarding school, but it’s not too creepy. It’s more of a mild thriller, considering I read it when I was 13 and wasn’t scared at all. However, the story was super interesting and I loved the mystery of it. All that being said, I did read it back in middle school, so I can’t remember everything and my reading tastes have changed, so take this recommendation with a grain of salt!

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

I talked about this book recently because I just re-read it. It is so good and so chilling. It’s narrated by a girl who was murdered and recounts the story of her death. It was extremely sad and I need to include a trigger warning for rape. However, it was really interesting to read and I loved it a lot. The movie is also so good!

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Let me know in the comments if you read any of these! Also, please leave some more thriller recommendations down below because I am really trying to read more and all suggestions are helpful :)

Xo, Jess

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Summer Reading Recs

Hello everyone! How are you all doing?

A couple of days ago, I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL! That is so crazy to me. As of now, I am on summer break until I go off to college. I am still in shock.

Today, I have some recommendations for summer books to read.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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This was the first book that came to mind when I thought of summer. This is such a cute and fluffy read, and I would highly recommend it! It is a YA contemporary following a girl who writes letters to all of her crushes as closure, and one day those letters get sent out. I’m sure you’ve heard of it! Plus, the movie is coming out in August, so it is the perfect time to read it.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone

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I just finished this book recently, and I think it would be the perfect summer read! It follows a girl on a trip around Europe (in the summertime), so it gives you all of those travel feels! It would be a great plane ride book, or book whenever you’re on the go.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

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Wow. That is the only word I can use to describe this book. It is so amazing, so adorable. I absolutely loved the main love interest in this story, and I fell in love with Jenn Bennett’s writing style. It is one of my favorite reads of the year, I would highly recommend it.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

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This is one of my older favorite books ever. I really fell in love with the characters, and I learned so much about the film industry. This story also takes place in the summertime, and it is a really quick-paced book, so I think it is perfect for the summer.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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I figured I should include a book that ISN’T a contemporary, so this is a fantasy I would recommend for the summer. The story moves quickly, and it was easy to read. I loved the storyline, and there were some plot twists I didn’t see coming.

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Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments down below :)

Xo, Jess

Underrated book recs | pt. 2

I love the book community. But sometimes it feels like everyone is reading all the same books and there is no diversity in the book we read anymore. That is not necessarily a bad thing, because it’s great to be able to talk to others about books we’ve read. However, I feel like there are so many books that are left out of conversations. This is sad because there are millions of books in the world, and so many of them are amazing.

Therefore, I am sharing some books that I feel aren’t talked about enough. I’ve made a post like this once before, so you can check out the first part here!

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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I received an e-ARC for this book a few months ago, and I read it in a matter of days. It is SO. GOOD. I know this book isn’t completely underrated, and Jenn Bennett is a pretty popular author. BUT, I feel like this book didn’t get as much hype as it should have. It just came out recently and I only saw a few people talking about it. I really hope more people pick it up!

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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This entire trilogy is just so adorable. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the last book, but the first two were so good! I know everyone loves Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy, but this one deserves some hype, too.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

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I got this book from Bookoutlet on a whim, without ever even hearing about it. After I read it, I was so surprised that no one has talked about it. This book is honestly so amazing. I am so glad that I picked it up because it was kind of an intense but beautiful read.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Taryn Fisher

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I have only read the first part of this book (I believe there are 3 parts in total), but I was amazed by it. It is just so so good. It features the memory loss trope but it was done really well. I flew through this book because I really wanted to know what was going to happen. I bought the second part a while ago and I plan on reading it soon because I need to know what happens!

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Please leave some of your recommendations for underrated books down below! I will definitely add some to my TBR.

Xo, Jess

my favorite underrated books!

The book community hypes up so many novels and I often find myself only reading the books that are trending. That being said, I never read any books outside of that small circle of highly popular ones.

This is so sad to me.

There are so many amazing books that people just don’t know about so they never read. Before social media was a huge part of my life, I would go to the library or the bookstore and just read the inside flaps of books to see what they were about. That was how I picked books to read. Now I don’t even know what the books I own are about at all, I just know I have heard about them online.

Today I want to recommend some of my favorite underrated books!

 

Talking as Fast as I Can- Lauren Graham

This one I’m sure many of you have heard of, especially if you are a Gilmore Girls fan like me! I adored Lauren’s writing style so much, and hearing her read the words made the experience so much better. It really made me fall more in love with her, and I am so glad I got to read this.

Everything You Want Me to Be- Mindy Mejia

I got this book in a subscription box and at first I was a little skeptical. However, I really ended up enjoying the book, and I am so glad I read it. It is full of twists and really interesting characters.

Sanctuary Bay- Laura J. Burns

This book was so good. I remember being completely shocked by every page. I would love to read a sequel to this book because I really miss the world and characters. Definitely give it a try.

Confess- Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is a popular author. This book does not get a lot of attention though, which is unfortunate. I enjoyed it so much, as I do all of her books. It was also a really quick read for me. I’ve even gotten many of my friends to check it out as well.

7300 Days- Isabella Mente

This is such an underrated poetry book. Isabella deserves way more recognition than she gets, and I will back her on any of her projects. She is also such a sweetheart and I love talking to her. If you are a poetry fan, check out this book because it is so beautiful.

Every Last Word- Tamara Ireland Stone

I think I have talked about this book a total of 7 times at least on this blog, but it is one of my all time favorites. I felt really connected to it and I loved the plot twist. I genuinely didn’t see it coming. I plan on re-reading this book in 2018.

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Please leave some of your favorite non-hyped books down in the comments! I am always looking for new books to read.

xo, Jessica

Book Recommendations!

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I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently, because over the summer I spent a few days every week at the library to get my work done. I really got inspired there because I was surrounded by thousands of authors all who are so unique and creative. 

While I was there, I picked up a few books, and I fell in love with reading all over again. If you are looking for some books to read, here are some of my favorites. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers!

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone: (5/5 Stars)
This is probably my favorite of them all. I felt like I could really relate to it. The book is about the main Character Sam who suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD. Her friends, who are the popular girls at school, don’t know about it, or that she sees a shrink every week. Her OCD causes her to have obsessive thoughts, but she doesn’t act on them. She second guesses everything she does and feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere. 

In the first few pages, I wasn’t too convinced that I would like the book, but within a few chapters, I was hooked. Sam meets a girl named Caroline, who introduces her to a secret group hidden deep underneath her school called the Poet’s Corner. It was created as a safe place for the misfits at school to share their poetry to others, and have a creative outlet. She meets new people, and even develops a crush for one of the guys. But, there is a HUGE plot twist at the end that really made me gasp out loud. If you only choose to read one of these three books, I hope it is this one. 

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover: (4/5 Stars)
Maybe Someday follows two characters, Ridge and Sydney, who live in the same apartment complex, but in different buildings, which happen to be right across from each other. Sydney lives with her roommate (who happens to be her best friend) and is in a long term relationship. However, she finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, and her world is shattered. 

She met Ridge while sitting on her balcony and watching him play guitar on his. They become friends, but there is no doubt that there is romance and chemistry between them. The only question left is will he help her move on?

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi: (4.5/5 Stars)
The original reason as to why I picked up this book was because it was published on my birthday, which I thought was pretty cool. I don’t normally like dystopian novels, but I heard a lot of great things about this book. It is about a girl named Juliette who always has a deadly weapon on: her touch. When touched by her, you could be killed in a matter of seconds, and only few survive. This caused her to be shunned most of her life by strangers, schoolmates, and even her parents.

She was sent to a prison after accidentally touching and killing someone. For over 200 days, she hasn’t touched or had contact with anyone. Until one day a boy named Adam is sent in to her cell. At first opposed to the idea, Juliette grows to like Adam, and helps him learn his way around the facility they are in. After a few weeks (or months I don’t remember) Juliette is taken by the “Reestablishment,” their current government, and it is revealed that Adam is not who she thinks. 

I have yet to read the rest of the series, but I plan on doing so very soon! 

All three of these books are amazing, and I am so happy I read them. What are your favorite books? Let me know in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this book review, and give this post a like if you want more in the future.