The books below are ones I’ve read recently (within the last year) that I’ve really enjoyed. If you’re looking to get back into reading or want a recommendation, maybe try one of these!
Under the Whispering Door by T.J. Klune: A real piece asshole of a man, Wallace dies and discovers what happens after death. He meets Mei (his reaper) and Hugo (the guider of souls) at Hugo’s tea shop. This book is about growing as a human and is about death and how we process it. It’s so beautifully written and is such an easy read that I ask everyone to pick this book up and give it a go. If you only choose one book to read this year, choose this one. I bawled my eyes out. I connected so much with these characters. It doesn’t matter what you believe about what happens after death, this book will speak to you.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente: This whimsical story of a girl who gets whisked off to Fairyland is so full of wonderful word choice and imagery that I was really only disappointed when the story ended (there are more books after this one, and while I read the second one, the first is the best). Who doesn’t dream about going on magical adventures, especially as a child? Follow September’s adventures (that’s the little girl) as she braves the new unknown world she finds herself in.
Incense and Sensibility by Sonali Dev: I’ve read all three of Dev’s The Rajes books that are currently published (a fourth one comes out this year). She takes classic Jane Austen stories and puts an Indian (like India) twist on them. Really you should start with the first book, Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, to understand the full story, but you could start with any of them and still enjoy yourself. Dev does a lovely job of creating romance -hands down she’s my favorite romance author. If you’re wanting to read a romance novel but are not sure where to start or you don’t want a lot of graphic sex, these are the books for you.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favorite movies so when I discovered that it was actually based on a book, I decided to take the chance of disappointment and read it. It’s not the same as the movie (what book/movie ever is?) but it was still delightful and enjoyable. I found myself thinking about reading it all the time. I’d say it’s almost as good as the movie, I just wish the book had continued on a little more before ending. There are two other books in this series, it turns out, although I don’t plan on reading them as they don’t seem to be as centered around Sophie and Howl and those are the characters I came to see.