my top five favorite books of all time

Monday, October 23, 2017
This weekend was Dewey's 24-Hour Readathon, and I tried my hardest to participate from 8 a.m. EST on Saturday morning until 7:55 a.m. on Sunday. I love any excuse to read for 24 straight hours, obviously.

[And hey – if you have a Goodreads account, I'd love to be friends! I am always looking to see what my Goodreads friends are reading and am a pretty active user, myself.]

And thinking about books made me want to share my top five favorite books of all time. I am holding myself to choosing single books, not entire series, because every series has its strengths and weaknesses (Sorry, J.K. Rowling, but I still can't stand Chamber of Secrets! Gave me nightmares as a kid and I'll never forgive it). And yes, these are ranked.

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban by J.K. Rowling

Obviously, a Harry Potter book had to top my list. I've never quite figured out why the third Harry Potter book is my easy favorite, but I've never questioned my allegiances to the Prisoner of Askaban. When I was younger, I loved Marauder-era fan fiction, and I felt like no characters could compare to Sirius Black or Remus Lupin. PoA also was the first release of a Harry Potter book that I was already a fan for, so all in all, I have a lot of emotional connections to the third Harry Potter book.

2. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

I held off on reading the first book in this series by Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses, for a very long time. I wasn't into fae, I didn't think anything more of it than it was fae and that was that. But I got an ebook deal and bought ACOTAR for $0.99 cents, and it was love at first chapter. Maas is officially the queen of storytelling. But out of the three books in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury is the most beautiful, heartbreaking, emotional story of all. ACOTAR tore me into pieces, and ACOWAR was a wild and engaging ride, but ACOMAF was so very worth reading. I am not yet brave enough to read it again, because I honestly don't know if I can handle the tears. But I keep it in a high spot on my bookshelf where I know I can reach for it whenever I'm ready.

3. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

I still haven't reread No. 2 on my list, but No. 3? This might be one of my most-read books of all time. I absolutely love This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I love Sarah Dessen in general, but This Lullaby was the first book by Dessen that I read and the one that connected to my heart the most and the fastest. I borrowed it from a friend and loved it so much that I bought my own copy to read again and again. I love Remy, who is and always has been a really relatable character for me, and Dexter and the rest of the band were so lovable and fun. I love other Dessen books too, but This Lullaby will always have a special place in my heart. I got rid of my copy when I moved to college but I definitely think I need to buy a new one.

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

It's hard to choose which of the three Hunger Games books I loved most, because I read through them all in the span of a weekend when I was a junior in high school. It was a quick and fast love, and I was hooked and obsessed so quickly. But I had always been a fan of Peeta's, since the first moment we met him, and Catching Fire is an ode to Peeta and Katniss, in a lot of ways. I love how Mockingjay ended in some ways but other things I can't get over, and The Hunger Games itself is tough because I almost never choose the first book in a series as my favorite, because I am not yet emotionally attached enough to the characters. But Catching Fire was so special and introduced so many characters I grew to love.

5. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

This is the most recently read by me book out of all of the books on this list – I read it August 2016. I cried and cried and rose and sank with Yoon's beautiful Maddy and Olly, and I loved how the story was told and how the plot twisted so beautifully at the end. This is one of my favorite contemporary YA fiction novels of all time and is my favorite of Yoon's novels that I've read, too. Also, this is a great plus – the movie is excellent, too.

Honorable Mentions

• A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
• The other six books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 
• Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
• Hello Sunshine by Laura Dave
• Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
• Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
• 180 Seconds by Jessica Park
• All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
• The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
• Room by Emma Donoghue


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What are your favorite books of all time? What do I need to read?

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