I’ve always been a pretty avid reader. As a kid, I always preferred reading to watching TV or movies, and every time I got in trouble and sent to my room, I was never upset because that’s where all of my books were. My sophomore year of high school, I remember leaving my Winter Formal dance early because the second book in the Twilight series came out that day and I had to make it to Books-A-Million before it closed (#priorities). I attended every midnight release of the Harry Potter books from Goblet of Fire on, including The Cursed Child (even though given the choice between re-reading the second Twilight book or The Cursed Child, I think I might choose the former #sorrynotsorry).
Matthew got me a kindle for Christmas last year, and I use it for the convenience of reading wherever I want, but when I really enjoy a book, I still buy a physical copy of it to keep on my bookshelf. I always buy my copies new instead of getting them used, because I love re-reading them later and seeing the scratches on the covers, the dented corners, the creases in the pages, because those marks are all from their life with me. I know, I know, I’m weird about my books, but I like to think of it as one of those adorkable, endearing quirks. Don’t correct me if I’m wrong.
My favorite book that I’ve picked up recently is the princess saves herself in this one, which is a collection of short poems. I will admit, the whole reason I picked this book up to begin with was the title and the cover, as I am still a fan of fairy tales and can never resist a good self-rescuing princess. It speaks to me like the voice I wish I had in my head, its motivational, reflective, inspirational, with a Harry Potter reference thrown in here and there for good measure.
Another recent fav has been the Lunar Chronicles series. Its a futuristic take on several fairy tales like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White, but they’re all intertwined, and in this story, Cinderella is a cyborg mechanic, and instead of a tower, Rapunzel lives alone in a satellite in space.
If you’re still in love with the Harry Potter series, one of my other favorite fantasy/adventure series is The Inheritance Cycle. Its kinda like if the Harry Potter series and the Lord of the Rings trilogy had a baby, and that baby was dating Game of Thrones. There’s magic, elves, dragons, an epic quest, and please don’t judge it on its awful movie adaptation, I promise the book is wayyyyyy better.
My most recent read was actually a book I picked up at the library while we shot these photos. The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, aka Princess General Leia. Its full of anecdotes and diary pages from the days when she was shooting A New Hope, and just a fascinating glimpse into her life.
That brings us to my current read, The Crowns of Croswald. It again is in the fantasy/adventure/fairy tale genre (detecting a theme yet?). I’m halfway through and loving it so far, I can’t wait to finish and add it to my bookshelf.
I’m always looking for new book recommendations, so if you have any, please leave them in the comments! And if you end up picking up any of the books I suggested, drop me a message and let me know what you think!
Til next time,
Some of the items in this post were gifted to me, but please trust I would never recommend something I didn’t love! Happy reading!